July 6 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government filed charges, including the transfer of classified information, against a soldier accused of giving a video of an airstrike to a website, according to a press release today.
The soldier, Private First Class Bradley Manning, 22, of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Iraq, was charged yesterday in a case involving a video obtained by Wikileaks.org, a website that posts leaked documents, according to the press release.
Manning was also charged with communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source. Between November 2009 and May of this year, he obtained the video, more than 150,000 diplomatic cables and a classified presentation, according to a list of charges provided by the Army.
"The initial investigation is still ongoing because there are additional items to sift through," said Lieutenant Colonel Eric Bloom, a spokesman for U.S. Division-Center, the Army headquarters that oversees security in central Iraq.
In April, Wikileaks.org posted a video showing a U.S. helicopter strike in July 2007 in which 12 people died, including two journalists. It was taken by cameras on U.S. Apache helicopters. Wikileaks.org said at the time it had obtained the footage "from a number of military whistleblowers."