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FBI and military investigating source of leaked Afghan war documents

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.org, speaks with The Washington Post's Rocci Fisch and answers reader questions on just released secret Afghan war documents published by the web site.

On Wednesday, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a congressional panel: "We're currently supporting the Department of Defense investigation into that leak. . . . I can't say as to where that particular investigation will lead."

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., traveling in Cairo, told reporters Wednesday that "whether any criminal charges will be brought depends on how the investigation goes."

Army leading the probe

Manning's case is proceeding within the military justice system, with the Army Criminal Investigation Command leading the probe. The next step is a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to recommend a court-martial, Lapan said. If individuals not connected to the military are found to be involved in the leak, "then that's when Justice and the others would potentially get involved," he said.

The case was opened in relation to other material that Manning is suspected of having passed to WikiLeaks, including a classified video of an Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed unarmed civilians and more than 150,000 diplomatic cables.

Now, Lapan said, "they have expanded that to take a look at these latest documents."

The Army has assigned Manning a lawyer, but his family is trying to raise money to hire a private lawyer. Separately, WikiLeaks has said it unsuccessfully tried to send a private team of lawyers to meet with Manning.

Staff researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.


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