Amid the frenzy over the disclosure of more than 250,000 classified State Department cables, little media attention so far has been focused on the most likely origin of the cables: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who Britain’s Telegraph newspaper described as “openly homosexual” and who appeared motivated to illicitly download classified data after an argument with an ex-boyfriend.
The newspaper gained access to Pfc. Manning’s Facebook account before it was apparently disabled and reported on July 30 that “pictures on Mr. Manning’s Facebook page include photos of him [. . . ] at a gay rights rally, where he is holding up a placard demanding equality on ‘the battlefield.’ “
The Army intelligence analyst stated in early May on the Facebook page, according to the Telegraph, that he was “livid” over being “lectured by exboyfriend” and that he was upset for being treated like a “piece of equipment.” As a result, he stated he was “beyond frustrated with people and society at large.”
“However, I’m most concerned that a PC [military] chain of command apparently knew this private was a homosexual and failed to seek discharge,” Mr. Maginnis told Inside the Ring. “This is a byproduct of President Obama’s call for repeal and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ endorsement. Officials up and down the chains-of-command saw the writing on the wall and virtually stopped discharges for homosexuality.”
“Clearly, this young man is disturbed, and only his psychiatrist can determine whether his homosexual identity played a role in his alleged leaking,” Mr. Maginnis said. “But this case should be watched to see whether Manning’s homosexuality contributed to his actions.”