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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.”

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