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Rockville Plays a Role in WikiLeaks Case

Reports: Manning said he uploaded information to WikiLeaks from a Rockville Pike bookstore.

Rockville Plays a Role in WikiLeaks Case

Court proceedings in the WikiLeaks case of Pfc. Bradley Manning are occurring about a 45-minute drive east of Rockville at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.

The case is being followed worldwide. On Thursday, Rockville made a cameo as Manning revealed that he used a broadband connection at a Barnes & Noble bookstore to upload information to the WikiLeaks website in early 2010, The New York Times reported.

The Atlantic Wire, citing a tweet from journalist Alexa O’Brien, identified the store as the Barnes & Noble in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center on Rockville Pike.

Click here to read the article on The Atlantic Wire.

Manning used the bookstore because his aunt’s house had lost its Internet connection during a snowstorm, The New York Times reported.

The revelation came as Manning, accused of the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history—including diplomatic cables, military incident report logs and videos documenting U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to 10 lesser counts, The Times reported.

Click here to read the full report from The Times.

Manning said that he first tried to shop the information to The Times and The Washington Post, The Post reported. Spokespeople for both newspapers said neither publication had knowledge of Manning’s attempted offer, The Post reported.

Click here to read The Post report.

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