State Department declassified portions of 44 of 116 cables charged against Manning under Espionage Act after her arrest

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of the July 2007 U.S. Baghdad, Iraq airstrike video (which killed up to twelve individuals including two journalists and also injured two children), the International Festival of Journalism (held in Perugia, Italy) hosted a panel to discuss Chelsea Manning and other whistleblowers.

I revealed for the first time that the Department of State declassified portions of 44 of the 116 diplomatic cables charged against Manning under the Espionage Act after her arrest. Manning was charged under the Espionage Act for only 247 documents.

Panel participants included Philip Di Salvo (European Journalism Observatory), Annie Machon (former MI5, whistleblower), Antonella Napolitano (CILD), Ben Wizner (ACLU), and myself.

Alexa O'Brien Alexa O'Brien researches and writes about national security. Her work has been published in VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK and listed in The Verge 50..