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Bradley Manning's YouTube Posting Raised 'Red Flag'

June 5, 2013

Private First Class Bradley Manning got into trouble early in his work as an intelligence analyst after he posted a YouTube video, a military court heard Tuesday.

Manning, on trial for leaking 700,000 documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, talked about his training as an analyst and about his schedule, and used words like "top secret" and "security clearance" in the YouTube posting, according to Brian Madrid, one of the instructors at the trainng school.

"Yes it brought up a red flag," said Madrid, now retired from the military. Madrid said military intelligence analysts generally are not supposed to use the terms top secret and security clearance in public.

Manning had to undergo additional "corrective" training recommended by Madrid, in which Manning had to create a Powerpoint presentation about operational security and speak on the topic to fellow students. Manning's lawyer David Coombs said the video, posted in 2008, had only been intended for his family at home.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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