Al-Qaeda sought to benefit from WikiLeaks documents, prosecutors say
“Al-Qaeda leaders reveled in WikiLeaks’ publication of reams of classified U.S. documents, urging members to study them before devising ways to attack the United States, according to evidence presented by the prosecution Monday in the court-martial of an Army private who leaked the material.
‘By the grace of God the enemy’s interests are today spread all over the place,’ Adam Gadahn, an American member of the terrorist group, said in a 2011 al-Qaeda propaganda video. The video specifically referred to material published by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, according to a written description of the propaganda piece submitted at the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The evidence, which both sides agreed was factual, was read into record by lead prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein.”