Rockville Plays a Role in WikiLeaks Case

Reports: Manning said he uploaded information to WikiLeaks from a Rockville Pike bookstore.

Court proceedings in the WikiLeaks case of Pfc. Bradley Manning are occurring about a 45-minute drive east of Rockville at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

The case is being followed worldwide. On Thursday, Rockville made a cameo as Manning revealed that he used a broadband connection at a Barnes & Noble bookstore to upload information to the WikiLeaks website in early 2010, The New York Times reported.

The Atlantic Wire, citing a tweet from journalist Alexa O’Brien, identified the store as the Barnes & Noble in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center on Rockville Pike.

Click here to read the article on The Atlantic Wire.

Manning used the bookstore because his aunt’s house had lost its Internet connection during a snowstorm, The New York Times reported.

The revelation came as Manning, accused of the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history—including diplomatic cables, military incident report logs and videos documenting U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to 10 lesser counts, The Times reported.

Click here to read the full report from The Times.

Manning said that he first tried to shop the information to The Times and The Washington Post, The Post reported. Spokespeople for both newspapers said neither publication had knowledge of Manning’s attempted offer, The Post reported.

Click here to read The Post report.

Tom Moore March 01, 2013 at 06:07 PM
As one of the larger municipalities in the Washington metropolitan area, Rockville feels that it is its duty to play a role in notorious cases. See Max van Balgooy's exploration of Rockville's connections to Watergate: http://maxforrockville.com/2012/06/21/rockvilles-connections-to-watergate-on-its-40th-anniversary/
Sean R. Sedam March 01, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Indeed, Tom. That was a great blog post by Mr. Van Balgooy. And it did not go unnoticed at the time: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/historian-offers-a-rockville-tour-of-watergate#photo-10329058 I'm reminded of a book review that I once read (in The Washington Post, I believe—I never read the book) that said one of the places where my friends and played sandlot football (the lot next to the Safeway in Twinbrook back before the store expanded and when they still sold Christmas trees there) was a KGB drop site. According to the book, that discarded Coke can near the fence might've held a message to spy. I was a kid late in the Cold War. Who knows if the story was true? Anyone else know of any spy stories or connections to notorious criminal cases in our town?


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