Anonymous Planning Media War in Support of Manning

Monday, March 07, 2011

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Anonymous is apparently planning an all-out media campaign in support jailed WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning.

Manning is awaiting trial on multiple counts related to the disclose of classified U.S. government documents, including violations of the Espionage Act.

Though few details of "Operation Bradley" have been revealed, targets of the initiative may include those in charge of Manning's pre-trial confinement.

Allegations of harsh treatment have circulated in the media for several months, including reports that Manning has been isolated from the general population and repeatedly been subjected to lengthy periods of observation while disrobed.

“This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated…No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation,” The Tech Herold quoted Manning's lawyer David Coombs as stating.

Other targets of the operation may include those thought to be responsible for reporting Manning to authorities.

"The Internet is a weapon. It’s already weaponized, and those of us who know how to use this weapon have the advantage. I know who else was involved in turning [Manning] in. I'm not sure what to do on that yet, but we're speaking among ourselves abut [sic] that," self-styled Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown told Steve Ragan of The Tech Herald.

Operation Bradley will at the very least entail the amassing of information on targets for publication and distribution via the Internet, though Anonymous supporters have used more severe tactics in prior operations.

Anonymous is known for having previously targeted the websites of WikiLeaks detractors with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, breaching the systems of HBGary Federal - a security company who was involved in efforts to reveal the identities of the Anonymous leadership - and for defacing the website of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.

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