Assange is the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, whose stated mission is to force the U.S. and other governments into maximum transparency. The organization published the "Collateral Murder" video and the more than a half million classified documents allegedly leaked by Bradley Manning. In this interview, Assange denies any direct contact with Manning or any other WikiLeaks source, and addresses charges that he was reluctant to redact the names of sources who could have been harmed by the disclosures as "absolutely false."

Domscheit-Berg first heard about WikiLeaks through his connections in the German hacking community. He worked with the group until September 2010, when he broke with founder Julian Assange. He wrote a book about his experiences, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website. Since leaving WikiLeaks, he has continued to advocate for transparency and has started a new whistleblowing platform, OpenLeaks.

In May 2010, Lamo, a former hacker, was contacted by someone with the AOL Instant Messenger name "Bradass87," who alleged to be in possession of secret U.S. documents and cables. Lamo later decided to turn the chat logs over to authorities after learning Bradass87 had handed over State Department cables to WikiLeaks; Pfc. Bradley Manning was later arrested and charged with leaking the documents. "I believed and knew that he couldn't possibly have vetted over a quarter of a million documents himself and reassured himself to his satisfaction that they didn't contain anything that would cause human harm," says Lamo.

In this exclusive interview, Bradley Manning's father tells FRONTLINE about his son's upbringing in small-town Oklahoma, Bradley's love of computers, the explosive altercation with his son that led to police being called to the family's home, and why he convinced his son to join the Army.


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Posted May 24, 2011

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