The Age, an Australian newspaper who have an investigative partnership with Wikileaks have unearthed secret charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The email is one of approximately 5 million that are to be released by Wikileaks. The emails were originally obtained by Anonymous (there are conflicting reports that Anti-Sec were in fact responsible for the hack) after a DDoS attack on the company on 24th December 2011
The document was found in an email, one of the millions that are currently being leaked by Wikileaks, that was written by Fred Burton (Stratfor’s VP of Intelligence) in response to a CBS news article titles ‘Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case‘ written on January 25, 2011. Fred Burton is a well-known expert on security and counter-terrorism with close ties to US intelligence and law enforcement agencies. He is a former chief of counterterrorism in the US State Department diplomatic security service.
You can read more about the newly discovered email here.
In the reply (I have starred out the tactical analysts details and his mobile no) to the article that a Tactical Analyst at Stratfor emailed to [email protected], Fred Burton replied:
Not for Pub —
We have a sealed indictment on Assange.
Fw: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
Email-ID 375123 Date 2011-01-26 15:23:28 From [email protected] To [email protected]Not for Pub –We have a sealed indictment on Assange.Pls protectSent via BlackBerry by AT&T———————————————————————-From: **** ******
Sender: [email protected]
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:16:53 -0600
To: CT AOR
ReplyTo: CT AOR
Subject: [CT] Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Case
January 25, 2011 3:37 PM
Assange-Manning Link Not Key to WikiLeaks Casehttp://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20029521-503543.html
A report that investigators have so far failed to establish a direct link
between the founder of the document-dumping website WikiLeaks and the Army
private accused of providing the site with hundreds of thousands of secret
State Department cables won’t derail the military’s case as much as it
The case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning didn’t hinge on investigators
uncovering a direct link to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange anyway, CBS
News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports.
Special Section: WikiLeaks
On Monday, NBC News reported that military officials said Manning couldn’t
be directly linked to Assange in allegedly handing off the cables and
other secret documents that led to last summer’s publication of the
Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.
But no one ever thought there was direct contact between Assange and
Manning, Martin reports. Assange meeting or e-mailing Manning would be
like the director of the Central Intelligence Agency meeting or e-mailing
a CIA agent. The theory of the case is that Assange orchestrated the leak
through cut outs deliberately designed to immunize himself from charges of
In his own e-mails, Manning refers to himself as a source for Assange even
though he did not give the documents to Assange but allegedly to a third
person while home on Christmas leave, Martin reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department was
considering filing espionage charges in the case.
Meanwhile, Manning continues to be held in a military brig while the Army
considers prosecuting him. He has been charged with illegally obtaining
more than 150,000 secret cables and giving more than 50 of them and a
classified video to an unauthorized person.
Manning’s lawyer told The Associated Press Friday that a mental-health
investigation to determine if Manning can stand trial will likely begin in
Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
A sealed indictment is an indictment that can be sealed so that it stays non-public until it is unsealed. This can be done for a number of reasons. It may be unsealed, for example, once the named person is arrested or has been notified by police. (Wikipedia)