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[ISN] Hacker Who Turned in Bradley Manning Is a Bigger Scumbag Than We Imagined


By Adrian Chen
July 14, 2011

Around a year after Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking to Wikileaks, Wired has finally published the full chat logs between the Army private and hacker Adrian Lamo, who turned him into authorities. Man, does Lamo come across as a scumbag.

If you remember: Manning reached out to Lamo on May 21, 2010 over encrypted chat. He proceeded to spill his guts, confessing to Lamo that he leaked more than 250,000 State Department cables as well as the "Collateral Murder" video, and another video of an Afghanistan airstrike to Wikileaks. Wired published heavily redacted chat bits of these conversations last June when it broke the story. But the rest were withheld, Wired explained, since Manning was "discussing personal matters that aren't clearly related to his arrest, or apparently sensitive government information..."

Turns out there was no sensitive government information. A big chunk of the chat did reveal Manning's history of cross-dressing and his gender identity crisisâhe's apparently transgenderedâwhich Lamo, himself bisexual, played on to win his trust. But other bits showed the depths to which Lamo went to extract information from Manning.

Here's Lamo telling Manning their conversation would be protected because Lamo is "a journalist and a minister":


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