Entries with tag espionage.

Wikileaker Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in United States history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday. The 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst gave the WikiLeaks website more than 700,000 documents in early 2010, including US Embassy cables. The leaked information endangered lives and interfered with the government’s diplomatic efforts, prosecutors said. The maximum sentence possible was 90 years. Prosecutors had asked that he be given 60 years, while the defense sought a 25-year sentence. He will be given credit for time served, which is about three-and-a-half years. The judge also reduced his rank, gave him a dishonorable discharge, and ruled that he would forfeit all pay. Last month, Manning was acquitted on a charge of aiding the enemy, which carried a possible life sentence. He was found guilty on five counts of violating the Espionage Act and five counts of theft. Once his case has been reviewed, it will automatically be sent to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, according to reports. The continuing process through the military legal system is expected to be a lengthy one. Manning is eligible for parole in roughly nine years. (WIRED)(National Public Radio)

UK Government Investigating Huawei

United Kingdom government officials announced plans to investigate security at a cybersecurity center located in southern England operated by China’s Huawei. The investigation is reportedly being conducted to ensure the nation’s telecommunications networks remain secure. There are concerns about the company’s access to the nation’s communications infrastructure and whether it has ties to the Chinese government or military. Allegations have been made that the firm inserts backdoors in its equipment to allow the Chinese government to conduct espionage. United States businesses have already been advised by US House of Representatives members not to buy equipment from the company following testimony by the firm they deemed “unconvincing”. The security center, staffed by UK nationals, was opened in 2010 to test both telecommunications hardware and software for security risks before they were used in Britain’s critical infrastructure. Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications firm, issued a statement supporting the investigation, which is also determining whether the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) should have a greater role in managing the center. (ZDNet)(Reuters)

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