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

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:13:42 -0700 (MST)

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 crisis—he's apparently transgendered—which 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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