Witness: leaked cables not State Dept.'s fault

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The former State Department computer chief says it wasn't her fault that 250,000 diplomatic cables were stolen and leaked by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Susan Swart testified Friday at the soldier's sentencing hearing. He faces up to 136 years in prison for giving the cables and hundreds of thousands of military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning's access to the classified network that included the cables was controlled by the Army. Swart says it was presumed when Manning leaked the material in early 2010 that anyone cleared to work with classified information would handle it appropriately.

She says the department responded to WikiLeaks' publication of the cables by moving such material to another classified network used by a select group of people with higher security clearance.

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