U.S. investigators have been unable to find evidence directly linking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, the army private suspected of passing on confidential documents to the whistleblowing website, according to a report last night.
Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News’s chief Pentagon correspondent, reported sources inside the U.S. military as saying they could detect no contact between Manning and Assange. Evidence shows that Manning downloaded thousands of files and passed them to an unauthorized person. However, there is no evidence that Manning passed the files on to Assange or had any direct contact with him.
Without such evidence, it is going to be extremely difficult for U.S. authorities in Washington to demonstrate sufficient cause to extradite Assange and prosecute him for a federal crime.
Manning is being treated as a criminal for his part of the leaks, and is currently under lockdown in the military jail in Quantico, Virginia. The U.S. military is keeping Manning locked in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.
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