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Downloaded onto Lady Gaga CDs and transferred to a memory stick: The staggeringly simple theft of 250,000 top secret documents

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Ian Drury
UK Daily Mail
Nov 29, 2010

It is the largest security leak in history – and has rocked the intelligence world to the core.

But perhaps the most extraordinary element of the WikiLeaks breach is how the data was smuggled out of a U.S. army base on CDs – and finally downloaded onto a memory stick.

The prime suspect is U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, a ‘hot-headed loner’ who grew up in Britain and is currently in solitary confinement awaiting trial over the WikiLeaks disclosures.

By the 23-year-old’s own account, it appears to have been staggeringly easy for him to make off with reams of highly classified data.

The downloads were carried out while Manning was working at the U.S. 10th Mountain Division in Iraq.

‘I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like Lady Gaga… erase the music… then write a compressed split file,’ he wrote in an online chat.

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‘No one suspected a thing. (I) listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while “exfiltrating” possibly the largest data spillage in America history.

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