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Manning's cables don't match WikiLeaks docs, expert admits

updated 04:25 pm EST, Mon December 19, 2011

Testimony: Wikileaks cables don't match Manning's

Special Agent David Shaver, an Army forensic investigator who found thousands of diplomatic documents on the Army computer of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, revealed in court that secret cables found on Manning's computer didn't match any of the ones WikiLeaks released. According to Wired, Shaver on Sunday testified he had found 10,000 US diplomatic cables in HTML format on the Manning's work computer, along with 100,000 complete cables converted to base-64 encoding. Shaver only said he compared some of the documents on the notebook with the published WikiLeaks articles.

Under re-direct examination, he suggested the CSV file was corrupted and that's why the cables weren't passed onto WikiLeaks. The defense objected to this assumption.

Also established by the defense was that Manning's computer could have been used by somebody else, including another soldier with whom he shared his work computer. These soldiers could have logged in under Manning's account.

Shaver also said during his testimony that he found connections between evidence on Manning's notebook and two other WikiLeaks releases, including the "Collateral Murder" Apache Helicopter and Gitmo prisoner assessments. Web-scraping program Wget was found too, which linked to a Microsoft SharePoint server that hosted copies of the Gitmo documents. Shaver downloaded the documents and compared them with the ones WikiLeaks published, concluding they were identical.

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