“Hypothetical question: if you had free rein over classified networks for long periods of time, say, 8-9 months, and you saw incredible things, awful things, things that belonged in the public domain, not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC, what would you do?”
Bradley Manning, from an unverified chat log with a hacker.
‘Air gap’ is the term given to the separation between the civilian internet and the military and diplomatic computer network. In April 2010 this air gap was breached and a process began that led to the biggest information leak in history.
One month later, Bradley Manning, a soldier in the United States Army was arrested, accused of releasing classified information to the WikiLeaks website. The initial charges included
‘aiding the enemy’, a capital offence.
He was brought back to the military prison at Quantico, Virginia, where he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to cruel and unusual treatment before being moved to another facility. Now, almost three years after his arrest, a trial date has been set for summer 2013.
This powerful factual drama takes place in Quantico, and at forward operating base Hammer, near Baghdad, where Manning was stationed in the period leading up to his arrest. It’s here that he sees the ‘war on terror’ documented in action reports and in video material, including the now infamous
‘collateral murder’ video.
THE AIR GAP BY STEVE WATERS
BRADLEY MANNING: GREG WOHEAD
CORPORAL: MICHAEL WALTERS
BRIG GUARDS: COREY TURNER AND CHRIS MCKINNEY
INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVE: SERENA BOBOWSKI
PSYCHIATRIST: NANCY CRANE
LAWYER: DOMINIC HAWKSLEY
COMMANDING WATCH OFFICER: NATHAN OSGOOD
MUSIC AND SOUND BY ALISDAIR MCGREGOR AND HOWARD JACQUES
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY BOZ TEMPLE-MORRIS
THE AIR GAP IS A HOLY MOUNTAIN PRODUCTION FOR BBC RADIO 4