Wikileaks approaches government

Controversial website defends soldier accused of leaking confidential military information

Wikileaks has made contact with the U.S. government after an American soldier has been detained on suspicion of leaking confidential military information to the whistle blowing website. Soldier Bradley Manning has been held for three weeks without charges after a former hacker, Adrian Lamo, confided to U.S. authorities about Wikileaks’ sources. Lamo claimed that Manning had passed 260,000 U.S. diplomatic cables and two confidential videos to Wikileaks. Julian Assange, a representative of Wikileaks, said that the site would “always try and represent alleged sources,” and that it had contacted three lawyers to help defend Mr. Manning.

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