The Pentagon has requested an investigation into Anonymous’ reported cyber threat against the military base used to hold Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking secret government documents to whistle-blower site WikiLeaks and “aiding the enemy,” The Financial Times reported.
Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan told AFP the probe was requested after news emerged that Anonymous was planning to disrupt online activities at Quantico where Manning is held.
Quantico spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan told FT officials had referred the matter to law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies, and they “are aware of the threat and any threats to Defense Department information systems and networks are taken seriously.”
A document reportedly written by Anonymous members says the purpose of the contemplated operation–dubbed Operation Bradical–is to “harass staff at MCB Quantico Brig to the point of frustration.” The “plan” is described as a “complete communications shutdown” of the facilities’ web pages and phone links, FT said.