Julian Assange denies that Wikileaks received 200,000 cables


http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/07/20/assange.wikileaks.ted/index.html?hpt=C1

Assange denies that Wikileaks received 200,000 cables from Bradley Manning.

http://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/15612005016

Allegations in Wired that we have been sent 260,000 classified US embassy cables are, as far as we can tell, incorrect.
2:44 PM Jun 7th via bit.ly

Wired may have taken down or modified the page that specified the number 260,000, because the only page at Wired I can find says:
Wired.com could not confirm whether Wikileaks received the supposed 260,000 classified embassy dispatches.

The BBC says:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10254072

The ex-hacker, Adrian Lamo, said Spc Manning “boasted” to him about passing the helicopter video to WikiLeaks.

Mr Lamo said Spc Manning claimed to have leaked video footage showing an air strike in Afghanistan in July 2009. The local authorities said nearly 100 people were killed in the attack at Garani

Spc Manning also said he had passed on 260,000 classified US diplomatic cables.

Boing Boing published a redacted chat including the following:

(12:15:11 PM) bradass87: hypothetical question: if you had free reign over
classified networks for long periods of time… say, 8-9 months… and you
saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public
domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC…
what would you do?
(12:16:38 PM) bradass87: or Guantanamo, Bagram, Bucca, Taji, VBC for that
matter…
(12:17:47 PM) bradass87: things that would have an impact on 6.7 billion
people
(12:21:24 PM) bradass87: say… a database of half a million events during
the iraq war… from 2004 to 2009… with reports, date time groups,
lat-lon locations, casualty figures… ? or 260,000 state department
cables from embassies and consulates all over the world, explaining how
the first world exploits the third, in detail, from an internal
perspective?
(12:22:49 PM) bradass87: the air-gap has been penetrated… =L
(12:23:19 PM) Adrian: how so?
(12:26:09 PM) Adrian: yt?
(12:26:09 PM) bradass87: lets just say *someone* i know intimately well,
has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones
described… and been transferring that data from the classified networks
over the “air gap” onto a commercial network computer… sorting the data,
compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired
aussie who can’t seem to stay in one country very long =L
(12:27:13 PM) bradass87: im here
(12:27:24 PM) Adrian: Depends. What are the particulars?
(12:28:19 PM) bradass87: theres substantial lag i think
(12:29:52 PM) Adrian: I don’t understand.
(12:30:13 PM) bradass87: what was the last message you recieved?
(12:30:47 PM) Adrian: (12:28:19 PM) bradass87: theres substantial lag i think
(12:30:56 PM) bradass87: before that
(12:31:09 PM) Adrian:
(12:26:09 PM) bradass87: lets just say *someone* i know intimately well,
has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones
described… and been transferring that data from the classified networks
over the “air gap” onto a commercial network computer… sorting the data,
compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired
aussie who can’t seem to stay in one country very long =L

Here’s a handy timeline from Cryptome:
http://cryptome.org/0001/wikileaks-time.htm

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