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  •  Seriously, what was the protocol for protecting (8+ / 0-)

    privileged information if a moon-faced, unstable, poorly behaved private could access this kind of stuff?

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 04:54:58 PM PST

    •  "Intelligence Sharing" (5+ / 0-)

      According to reports, he was able to gain access to the State Department's cables because they were put on the Department of Defense's computer network after the September 11th attacks, as a way to share information between agencies & departments.

      From Stratfor (via the NY Times):

      The cables themselves come via the huge Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet. SIPRNet is the worldwide US military Internet system, kept separate from the ordinary civilian Internet and run by the Department of Defense in Washington. Since the attacks of September 2001, there has been a move in the US to link up archives of government information, in the hope that key intelligence no longer gets trapped in information silos or "stovepipes". An increasing number of US embassies have become linked to SIPRNet over the past decade, so that military and diplomatic information can be shared. By 2002, 125 embassies were on SIPRNet: by 2005, the number had risen to 180, and by now the vast majority of US missions worldwide are linked to the system - which is why the bulk of these cables are from 2008 and 2009.

      SIPRNet is a network used to distribute not particularly sensitive information that is classified at the secret level and below. However, while the last two batches of documents were largely battlefield reports from U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, this latest group allegedly consists of some 250,000 messages authored by the U.S. Department of State, many of which appear to have been sent by U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

      U.S. State Department messages are called "cables" in State Department parlance, a reference that hearkens back to the days when embassies really did send messages via telegraph rather than satellite transmissions or e-mail messages via SIPRNet. These State Department messages were intentionally placed on SIPRNet under an information-sharing initiative known as "net-centric diplomacy" that was enacted following criticism levied against the U.S. government for not sharing intelligence information that perhaps could have prevented the 9/11 attacks. Net-centric diplomacy ensured that even though Manning was a low-level soldier, he had access to hundreds of thousands of State Department cables by virtue of his access to SIPRNet.

    •  This was a result of antistovepiping info. (0+ / 0-)

      Theonly problem with Manning is that wasn't well connected. It was amateur. If he were in his 30s he'd have been better able to beat the rap.

      A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

      by Salo on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 08:27:39 PM PST

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