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ANALYSIS: Manning damage short of US fears


In late 2010, WikiLeaks cables outed then-Australian minister of sports Mark Arbib as a regular source of information for US diplomats. Danby’s name was also mentioned.

One cable also described Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, then the foreign minister, as a “mistake-prone control freak.”

It remains to be seen whether the Manning verdict — rendered in a military rather than civilian court — will impact future prosecutions, most notably against former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked documents exposing previously secret US telephone and Internet surveillance programs. Snowden, who faces US criminal charges, has taken refuge in a Moscow airport.

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