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Convicted leaker Chelsea Mannings interview with the government-funded Australian radio station Triple J was cut short after the interviewer asked Manning about the documents Manning released that were found in Osama Bin Ladens compound.

Some of your leaked documents were found in Osama Bin Laden’s compound though, after his death, that’s information in the hands of one of America’s biggest enemies, host Tom Tilley said to Manning. Do you have any regrets about that outcome? What did you think when you heard that?

Ah, look, I cant really talk about specifics of my court-martial, said Manning, who leaked over 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks. The record of the trial is still classified.

But why does that mean you cant say how you felt when you found out that piece of information?” Tilley asked pushing back. Do you dispute thats true?

Ah, I cant I cant even tell you whether or not we dispute that its true, Manning responded. Its that highly classified.

Ok. What was the message you were hoping-? Tilley said before being cut off by a media minder.

Manning was then told to hang up.

Why? asked Tilley. Why can’t we carry on this interview? What was wrong with my questioning? If you guys are talking about transparency and openness, surely we can continue this interview.

Then, Suzi Jamil, the director of Think Inc. came on the line and told Tilley that whats a priority for us is to be respectful to our talent. Jamil admitted that there may be nothing wrong with your questioning, but we just want to be respectful to Chelsea, because shes given up her time to have this conversation.

But dont you think you should be respectful to the Australian people? Tilley responded. This is a taxpayer funded government broadcaster, we’re giving her the platform to come on and put forward her views. Surely she can answer some reasonable questions.

Jamil then told Tilley that wed rather not move forward any further, and ended the interview.

“I believe that someone with a well known controversial history is going to get the opportunity to speak on the national broadcaster and air their political views, they also need to be prepared to answer some accountability questions for their actions,” Tom said about the incident on the radio show, Hack. As to why I made sure the people jumping in knew they’d be going to air as journalists we can’t let a precedent be set where media minders can interrupt interviews whenever they want. It would mean they could do it all the time, and they’d have too much power to manipulate the messages.”

Manning was banned from Australia last week before Mannings speaking tour was scheduled to begin.

Prior to the interview ending, Tilley also asked about Mannings criminal background prompting Australia banning Manning. Do you believe you have a substantial criminal background? Tilley asked.

Words like criminal are used very arbitrarily especially in this regard, Manning said. They basically allow certain people that have whatever record they may have in that might toe the line so to speak.

Well, some Australians are concerned that allowing you here on a speaking tour would send the message that risking national security is okay. What answer would you have for those critics?” Tilley asked.

National security isnt its often used by powerful people and institutions as a sort of argument by authority,” said Manning. “If you actually try to pin them down on an argument of national security, theyre often quite lacking. So I think folks should be more critical in how they engage with such institutions, especially when they use such vague assertions like oooh national security, or border security or any of these other concepts.

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The military whistleblower Chelsea Manning has launched a website outlining her extremely progressive manifesto for the Maryland Democratic Primaries for Senate.

On the Intercepted podcast in April she boldly claimed that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) is a deportation taskforce thats carrying out an ethnic cleansing. Her policies outlined on her website certainly dont water-down this rhetoric, promising not to reform but to abolish I.C.E.

She wants to abolish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which acts as an illusion of oversight for the rampant NSA surveillance program, and replace it with a system which relies on district courts and courts of appeal in order to increase transparency and accountability of the massive-scale surveillance of American citizens and foreigners.

When it comes to civil liberties she demands an end to police no-knock warrants and a complete repeal of the Controlled Substances Act with a view to diverting the warchest of the War on Drugs toward drug treatment and rehabilitation. She labels the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights a licence to murder and a get out of jail free card, and demands that officers who kill and injure people should be held to the same standard as any other citizen charged with murder or attempted murder.

On the issue of US healthcare, Manning states that Healthcare shouldnt just be affordable, healthcare should be free, demanding to change the current system by replacing our flawed medical insurance system with universal single payer healthcare, making healthcare free for everyone. No exceptions.

Former soldier Manning has no special favours for the hand that once fed her: she accuses the $696 billion appropriated to the Pentagon for 2018 of being a blank check to the military industrial complex and the US of being a the worlds biggest arms dealer. She specifically calls out the Turkish use of US weapons against the Kurds in Rojava, the Israeli slaughter of Palestinian children and Saudi Arabias wholesale massacre of 20,000 Yemeni civilians as examples of the sins of the US military export racket that she vows to end.

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Chelsea Manning: Lest We Forget – TransGender Friendship Club

I just watched an interview with Nancy Hollander, the lawyer representing Chelsea Manning. In 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for disclosing classified information to Wikileaks while Manning was working for the United States Military in Iraq. Ms Hollander says the punishment doesnt fit the crime and is leading Chelseas appeal.

If you are not familiar with Chelsea Mannings story, I urge you to read up. I have my own opinions of the crimes shes said to have committed but thats not the focus of my blog. Shes an interesting and valuable human being and worth keeping up with.

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manningemailed his militarytherapist the photo with a letter titled, My problem, in which he described his issues with gender identity and his hope that a military career would get rid of it. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

During the time she served in the ranks she presented as Bradley Manning, a young male soldier. It was during her ordeal of pre-trial torture and shortly after the trial that she was moved to reveal her true gender. It was ironic that in the midst of her confinement she exercised her freedom to be honest, transparent and authentic. She announced her name as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and so began living her truth.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me, Manning says. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.

According to a memo obtained by USA TODAY, its a first for the Army, Chelsea Manning has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman at the Armys Fort Leavenworth prison.

Chelsea has been confined for 5 years now but she is very active.

Writing in the Guardian last December, Manning set out her view of gender identity as one of the great civil rights issues of modern day.

According to the editor in chief of Guardian US, Katherine Viner, Ms. Manning will write on war, gender and freedom of information.

In addition to being a contributing opinion writer for the Guardian, Chelsea has also given her first full length interview to Cosmopolitan Magazine.

To your kindness-based life.

Stephanie

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Primary school teachers and principals could hold a second national strike next term after rejecting the Government’s latest pay offer of three per cent a year for most of them.

A secret online ballot on the offer for NZEI members closed last night and the union says they resoundingly rejected the Governments latest collective agreement offers.

Tracey Martin says she hopes the NZEI and Ministry of Education will get back to the negotiating table. Source: 1 NEWS

NZEI President Lynda Stuart said members had sent a clear message that the offers did not address concerns about the growing teacher shortage, time to teach and support for children with additional learning needs.

“Teachers and principals are saying that they are disappointed by the Government’s failure to deliver and they are resolute in their determination,” Mrs Stuart said.

“Now we have the ballot result, the next step is in members’ hands. They are discussing this online and in conversations in their workplaces,” she said.

“At the NZEI Te Riu Roa Annual Conference at the end of this week, representatives will consider the compiled feedback about potential collective action and will make a recommendation about what we do in Term 4. If further strike action is recommended, all affected members will vote on this early next term.”

Source: Te Karere

The revised offer rejected by primary teachers included a three-year term from the date of settlement and an increase in the base salary scale by three per cent each year.

The NZEI says it included no provisions for reducing workloads or class sizes and no committed funding for supporting children with additional learning needs, such as funding a Special Education Needs Coordinator role in each school.

The Acting Minister of Education released a Draft Disability and Learning Support Plan last week which proposed an in-school Learning Support Coordinator role, but funding is not yet committed, NZEI said.

The revised offer rejected by primary principals included a three percent salary increase each year for principals of schools with more than 100 students.

It included increases of 4.5%+4.5%+4.4% a year for principals of schools with fewer than 100 students.

Again there were no provisions to address workload, NZEI said.

Primary teachers and principals went on strike nationwide on August 15.

Acting Education Minister Tracey Martin says the teachers’ rejection of the latest offer is really disappointing.

“We understand their frustration, but it’s disappointing because we really want to get back together and move forward, we want to move education forward,” she told reporters at Parliament.

Ms Martin says she’s “slightly surprised” by the rejection.

“I mean this offer is a larger offer than all three offers put together that were accepted by the NZEI under the previous government.”

Ms Martin says she hopes the NZEI and Ministry of Education “will get back to the table and work constructively together to try and come to some arrangement”.

National’s Nikki Kaye says the primary teachers’ rejection of a pay offer is really disappointing, but understandable. Source: 1 NEWS

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says the teachers’ rejection of an offer a second time is really disappointing, but understandable as the Government has prioritised tertiary students over teachers.

“The Government has put forward a $2.8 billion tertiary package, which is equivalent to giving every teacher in New Zealand a 15 per cent pay rise,” Ms Kaye told reporters.

“So it’s not right that they claim they haven’t got the money. They’ve chosen to spend it on tertiary students instead of teachers,” she said.

“So our advice to the government is they need to step things up. It’s not good for parents and children’slearning to have multiple strikes. This is now the second time there’s been a rejection. We haven’t had primary teachers strikes in 24 years.”

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Dear President Obama:

Chelsea Manning is my friend and hero and I am worried she will not survive much longer.

I first met Chelsea on August 22, 2013 the day she announced to the world that she is a transgender woman named Chelsea. By then it had been years since she was first arrested for disclosing classified documents to the news media to expose U.S. government abuses being perpetrated around the world. She had already endured unthinkable nightmares both prior to and during her time in custody including torturous conditions of solitary confinement while detained at Quantico before the start of her trial. But despite all that she had experienced and the terror of the thirty-five year sentence before her, she was still more concerned about the well-being of those who were worried about her than her own needs.

Since that day more than three years ago, I have gotten to know Chelsea as a client, a friend and a human being. Knowing her has made me a better person, a better advocate, and a more engaged citizen of the world.

It is easy to be complacent or give in to your demons. It is easy to see injustice and remain silent. It is easy to fear violence and repress your truth. But Chelsea does not succumb to the easy, instead she fights boldly for what she believes is right and just.

Perhaps even more remarkable than her bravery and brilliance, though, is Chelseas capacity for care and empathy. As lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in his letter of support for her clemency petition:

She is a gift to the world and we are at risk of losing her way too soon.

After six and a half years in custodyalready the longest prison term served by a whistleblower in the history of the United StatesChelsea has applied to you for clemency. She is asking only for time served and a first chance, as she explains in her application, to live my life outside the USDB as the person I was born to be.

This request comes at the peak of Chelseas escalating trauma and despair and on the eve of a new Administrations rise to power. Her life is in your hands.

In the past six months, Chelsea has attempted to end her life twice and been punished for those attempts. Last year she was punished for possessing reading materials like Caitlyn Jenners cover issue of Vanity Fair and an allegedly-expired tube of toothpaste. All this after the pain of serving in the Army for years under both Dont Ask, Dont Tell and the ban on open transgender service. After 11 months in solitary confinement at Quantico. After a childhood of abuse, homelessness, and poverty.

On top of that, with almost three decades left of her sentence, she lives day in and day out with the perpetual reminder that the government is invested in stripping away the core of who she isa woman. If you do not act to free her now, she may never be free to live the truth that she for so long was forced to repress.

Your Justice Department has stood boldly for transgender people and for that I am grateful. On May 9, 2016, Attorney General Lynch and Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta spoke directly to our community and in defense not just of our rights but of our dignity as human beings. AAG Gupta poignantly proclaimed the simple truth that Transgender men are menthey live, work and study as men. Transgender women are womenthey live, work and study as women. But Chelsea Manning, a woman, has been held in a mens facility since her arrest in 2010 and your same Justice Department has been fighting to deny her the basic dignity of being treated as the woman that she is while incarcerated. Why does she lose her womanhood? And how can we expect her to survive in the face of such unrelenting violence and erasure?

This Sunday, November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), I will travel to the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, to visit with Chelsea and give her my love and support. My greatest fear is that next TDOR or one in the coming years, we will be mourning Chelseas death.

I will never stop fighting for Chelsea and my transgender siblings. When I talk to my four year-old about justice, we talk about what it means that Chelsea is locked away and unable to see, touch and share time with her friends and family. We speak about her bravery. She is a hero to my family and to so many people around the world.

Six and a half years is enough. She is in pain. She is afraid.

Please commute her sentence.

Very truly yours,

Chase Strangio

SIGN THE PETITION: FREE CHELSEA NOW.

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Chelsea Manning is a cunt!

For my inaugural cunting I nominate (from across the big pond, from the land of the twats and the home of the cunts) Chelsea Manning. This despicable cunt has announced its intention to run for the U.S. Senate.

For those of you who dont remember this cunt, Chelsea Manning was born Bradley Manning and is a convicted traitor as well as a freak/mistake of nature. While serving in the U.S. Army, this foul, vile, and loathsome creature released sensitive military intelligence to that bastion of free speech and unfiltered information, Wikileaks who of course published it in the name of humanity.

When caught, this maladjusted little cunt plead guilty to 10 felony counts and in the subsequent court martial proceedings was convicted of 17 others. It was sentenced to 35 years in a maximum security military prison where it applied for gender reassignment and of course expected the U.S. taxpayer to foot the bill.

In the U.S. Constitution treason is the only crime that is specifically punishable by death. We should have executed the cunt. And although cruel and unusual punishment is banned by our Constitution we should have taken up the best traditions of our English forbearers and hung, drawn and quartered the filthy cunt. (After all, if it wants gender reassignment and wants the taxpayers to pay for it, the least we could do is accommodate it by chopping off the balls this mistake of nature was born with.)

But noooooooowhat happens? After conviction it served only 7 years before it was pardoned and released by the Community Con Artist. And now not content with trying to destroy us by giving aid and comfort to the enemy, he wants to destroy from within by serving in the Senate.

Of course the libtard/Obamunist/snowflake community is hailing this mistake of nature as a victim and a hero instead of the traitorous little cunt that it is. I for one want to puke!

Dont get me wrong, as a true libertarian I really dont care how you live your life as long as you do no harm to others and leave me alone. If you want to dress like a Welsh Tart (its mother was Welsh) and play sword swallower thats your business. I dont have to like it and sure as hell dont want to see it but heyits your life and I have the right to ignore it and your degeneracy.

But a convicted, traitorous, felonious, mistake of nature serving in the U.S Senateis an affront to all decent human beings everywhereeven if you do fit right in with the rest of the lecherous perverts already serving in the august body of shit.

So with that said I proudly cuntChelsea Fucking Manning!

Nominated by General Cunster

Chelsea Manning is indeed a cunt. A cunt of Mount St Helens proportions.

Because we are subjected to a Liberal media in U.K. this freak has had plenty of airtime.

Its painted as a victim when in fact its a traitor.

Theres no room for niceties when it comes to espionage or national security, when your enemy engages in trench warfare you have to respond accordingly.

This freak along with the cunt Snowden set out Security Services many years. And for what?

You almost couldnt make it up that not only did the traitor have gender realignment surgery paid for by the American Taxpayer, then get a pardon from Obama Barak Cunt but then just to really rub your face in it now wants to stand for Congress.

Wow.

Nominated by CuntyMcCuntface

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Enlarge / Lamo, left posing with fellow hacker friends Kevin Mitnick and Keven Poulsen circa 2001.

Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to US authorities for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records, has died at the age of 37, according to a family Facebook post and a report from ZDNet, which cited two of Lamo’s family members and a county coroner.

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquittances that he is dead,” his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post. “A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.”

It’s not yet known how Lamo died.

Lamo was best known for notifying the US Army and FBI in 2010 of online chats he had with Manning, who at the time was a US Army intelligence analyst who went by the name Bradley Manning. According to a Wired article that broke the news, Manning befriended Lamo online and soon trusted him with a highly sensitive secret: that Manning was the person who had recently leaked a classified video to Wikileaks of a deadly US Army helicopter attack in Iraq. The video, which showed several innocent civilians being killed, went viral almost immediately after Wikileaks posted it and fueled criticism about the US-led war in Iraq.

Over an extended online discussion, Manning went on to confess to what at the time was the biggest known theft of classified documents. As reported by Kim Zetter and Kevin Poulsen, who were Wired reporters at the time:

From the chat logs provided by Lamo, and examined by Wired.com, it appears Manning sensed a kindred spirit in the ex-hacker. He discussed personal issues that got him into trouble with his superiors and left him socially isolated and said he had been demoted and was headed for an early discharge from the Army.

When Manning told Lamo that he leaked a quarter-million classified embassy cables, Lamo contacted the Army and then met with Army CID investigators and the FBI at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California, where he passed the agents a copy of the chat logs. At their second meeting with Lamo on May 27, FBI agents from the Oakland Field Office told the hacker that Manning had been arrested the day before in Iraq by Army CID investigators.

Lamo has contributed funds to Wikileaks in the past and says he agonized over the decision to expose Manninghe says he’s frequently contacted by hackers who want to talk about their adventures, and he has never considered reporting anyone before. The supposed diplomatic cable leak, however, made him believe Manning’s actions were genuinely dangerous to U.S. national security.

“I wouldn’t have done this if lives weren’t in danger,” says Lamo, who discussed the details with Wired.com following Manning’s arrest. “He was in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as he could and just throwing it up into the air.”

For the rest of his life, Lamo remained a figure who was reviled by most of Manning’s many supporters and admired by some people for reporting the leaker.

Lamo first made a name for himself in the 2000s with a string of hacks on the networks of Microsoft, Yahoo, and and other Internet companies. According to this Wired profile, Lamo would intrude into the company networks, commit mostly harmless pranks, and then notify the company officials and sometimes the press of his feats. He reportedly infected a New York Times network with a backdoor, which he then used to obtain home phone numbers of more than 3,000 of the paper’s op-ed contributors, including Vint Cerf, Warren Beatty, and Rush Limbaugh. During much of that time, Lamo lived out of a backpack and traveled the country on Greyhound busses and Amtrak trains. He often obtained his Internet access from university libraries and Kinko’s shops.

In 2004, Lamo pleaded guilty to federal charges that stemmed from the NYT hack. According to Poulsen, Lamo was sentenced to six months of house arrest at his parents’ home in Carmichael, California, followed by two years of probation. Poulsenwho is also a former hacker who was prosecuted by federal authorities and knew Lamo sociallywent on to report that, in later years, Lamo was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a mild form of autism that Poulsen said is sometimes known as “geek syndrome” because it “makes social interactions difficult and can lead to obsessive, highly focused behavior.”

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Senate for Chelsea Manning? She says she’s running – CNET

Former soldier Chelsea Manning received Out magazine’s Newsmaker of the Year award last year. Now it looks like she’ll be running for Senate.

It looks like Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who went to prison for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks, wants to head to Capitol Hill as a senator.

The 30-year-old, transgendered Manning, once known as Bradley, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission this week, saying she’ll be running for the US Senate as a Democrat from Maryland.

Along with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who caused a global uproar over government surveillance by leaking NSA documents, Manning is perhaps the best-known whistle-blower/leaker of recent years.

The hundreds of thousands of files she handed over to WikiLeaks in 2010 included a graphic video of Iraqis being gunned down during a US helicopter attack in Baghdad. They also included a cache of top secret military documents that came to be known as the Afghan War Diary, and a set of diplomatic cables that led to “Cablegate.”

Last year, Manning, who said she leaked the documents to spark a debate about US military and foreign policy, was offered a spot as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. The school caused an outcry, though, after it rescinded the offer following a protest by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. In September, a profile of Manning in Vogue magazine ran alongside a picture of her in a swimsuit, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Manning was released from prison in May, after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence and being granted clemency by then President Barack Obama.

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As a committed American, I was and still am startled by the blatant disregard for US National Security that Chelsea Manning displayed with her decision to leak top secret data to WikiLeaks. While I am certainly not of the opinion that whistleblowing is always immoral, I believe that in this specific case, Manning was definitely in the wrong.Furthermore, I find her confession at her court-martial that she did not mean to put anyone at risk and had been dealing with a lot of issues when she decided to make the leaks to be a terrible excuse. Regardless of her intentions or whatever issues she was going through related to her gender dysphoria, the effects of her actions were the same she compromised the safety of Americans and foreign collaborators who were listed in the leaked documents. Such an action is an egregious offense against the interests of the United States and should certainly be punished.

Those who defend Chelsea Manning typically fall into two camps, one of which has a much more rational position than the other. The first camp justifies her actions based mostly on her status as a transgender woman forced to live in the macho environment of the US Military. This position is absurd for the reasons I have already stated.Just because Manning faced significant personal doubts and hardship, it is not okay for her to lash out and endanger the lives of Americans and American collaborators. I certainly do not want to diminish Mannings struggle, but simply being a transgender does not give one the privilege to blatantly break the law.

The second pro-Manning camp has a stronger position. They argue that the shocking content in some of Mannings leaks made her decision the morally correct thing to do. Regarding with some of the content she leaked, I think (but am still not 100% sure) that I agree with this position. The leak of the videos of the 2007 Baghdad helicopter strike and the 2009 Afghanistan Garani air strike, both of which killed innocent civilians, could potentially be justified in an effort to keep the public informed of US Military actions and thus hold it accountable for such horrors. However, these leaks went much further, and Manning seemed to place no filter whatsoever on what she released. Manning released a trove of more than a quarter of a million documents.There is absolutely no way that she actually read through these documents, and her failure to do so shows a complete lack of responsibility. If Manning had just found and released a few documents she felt the public deserved to see, then her actions could potentially have been justified, but the fact that she just unleashed a trove without reviewing it removes any possibility that she did the right thing, even if it turns out there was no threatening information in the leaks. The fact that the Obama administration was scrambling to protect many people threatened by the info in the leaks going public only makes things worse.

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Adrian Lamo – Wikipedia

Adrin LamoBornAdrin Alfonso Lamo Atwood(1981-02-20)February 20, 1981Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.DiedMarch 14, 2018(2018-03-14) (aged37)Wichita, Kansas, U.S.OthernamesAdrin Lamo, R. Adrin LamoOccupationThreat analyst, journalistYearsactive19992018EmployerProjectVIGILANTKnownforComputer hacking, reporting Chelsea Manning to the Army’s Criminal Investigation CommandNotable workAppeared on Hackers Wanted, We Steal Secrets, Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Aqui y Ahora, and other media outlets, including cover stories in Information Week and SF WeeklyTelevisionTechTV, KCRA Channel 3 NewsTitleAssistant Director for Threat IntelligenceOpponent(s)Julian AssangeCriminal penaltytwo years probation, with six months to be served in home detention, and ordered to pay $65,000 in restitution[1]Criminal statusIn 2004, pleaded guilty to one felony count in SDNY to hacking The New York Times and Microsoft, and subsequently informed them and helped fix their security holesSpouse(s)Lauren Fisher(m.2007; div.2011)Websiteabout.me/aal

Adrin Alfonso Lamo Atwood[2] (February 20, 1981 March 14, 2018) was an American threat analyst[3][4] and hacker.[5] Lamo first gained media attention for breaking into several high-profile computer networks, including those of The New York Times, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, culminating in his 2003 arrest.[6] Lamo was best known for reporting U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning to Army criminal investigators in 2010[7] for leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents to WikiLeaks.[8][9] Lamo died in March 2018 at the age of 37.

Adrian Lamo was born in Malden, Massachusetts[2] near Boston.[10] His father, Mario Ricardo Lamo, was Colombian.[11][12] Adrian Lamo attended high schools in Bogot and San Francisco,[2] from which he did not graduate,[13][14][15] but received a GED and was court-ordered to take courses at American River College,[16] a community college in Sacramento County, California.[17][18] Known as the “Homeless Hacker” for his reportedly transient lifestyle,[19] Lamo claimed that he spent much of his travels couch-surfing, squatting in abandoned buildings, and traveling to Internet cafs, libraries, and universities to investigate networks, sometimes exploiting security holes.[6] Despite performing authorized and unauthorized vulnerability assessments for several large, high-profile entities, Lamo claimed to have refused to accept payment for his services.[13]

Lamo first became known for operating AOL watchdog site Inside-AOL.com.[20][21]

In December 2001, Lamo was praised by Worldcom for helping to fortify their corporate security.[22] In February 2002, he broke into the internal computer network of The New York Times, added his name to the internal database of expert sources, and used the paper’s LexisNexis account to conduct research on high-profile subjects. The New York Times filed a complaint, and a warrant for Lamo’s arrest was issued in August 2003 following a 15-month investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. At 10:15 a.m. on September 9, after spending a few days in hiding, he surrendered to the US Marshals in Sacramento, California. He re-surrendered to the FBI in New York City on September 11, and pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer crimes against Microsoft, LexisNexis, and The New York Times on January 8, 2004.[23][24]

In July 2004, Lamo was sentenced to two years probation, with six months to be served in home detention, and ordered to pay $65,000 in restitution.[1] He was convicted of compromising security at The New York Times, Microsoft,[25][26] Yahoo!,[27] and WorldCom.[28]

When challenged for a response to allegations that he was glamorizing crime for the sake of publicity, his response was: “Anything I could say about my person or my actions would only cheapen what they have to say for themselves”. When approached for comment during his criminal case, Lamo frustrated reporters with non sequiturs, such as “Faith manages”[29] and “It’s a beautiful day.”[30]

At his sentencing, Lamo expressed remorse for harm he had caused by his intrusions. The court record quotes him as adding: “I want to answer for what I have done and do better with my life.”[31]

He subsequently declared on the question and answer site Quora that: “We all own our actions in fullness, not just the pleasant aspects of them.” Lamo accepted that he had committed mistakes.[32]

On May 9, 2006, while 18 months into a two-year probation sentence, Lamo refused to give the United States government a blood sample, which they had demanded in order to record his DNA in their CODIS system.[33] According to his attorney at the time Lamo had a religious objection to giving blood but was willing to give his DNA in another form. On June 15, 2007, lawyers for Lamo filed a motion citing the Book of Genesis as one basis for Lamo’s religious opposition to the giving of blood.

On June 20, 2007, Lamo’s legal counsel reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice whereby Lamo would submit a cheek swab in place of the blood sample.[34]

In February 2009, a partial list of the anonymous donors to the WikiLeaks not-for-profit website was leaked and published on the WikiLeaks website. Some media sources indicated at the time that Lamo was among the donors on the list.[35][36] Lamo commented on his Twitter page, “Thanks WikiLeaks, for leaking your donor list… That’s dedication.”[36]

In May 2010,[37] Lamo reported to U.S. Army authorities that Chelsea Manning claimed to have leaked a large body of classified documents, including 260,000 classified United States diplomatic cables.[38] Lamo stated that Manning also “took credit for leaking” the video footage of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, which has since come to be known as the “Collateral Murder” video.[38][39][40]

Lamo stated that he would not have turned Manning in “if lives weren’t in danger… He was in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as he could, and just throwing it up into the air.”[37] WikiLeaks responded by denouncing Lamo and Wired Magazine reporter Kevin Poulsen as “notorious felons, informers & manipulators”, and said: “journalists should take care.”[38]

According to Andy Greenberg of Forbes,[41] Lamo was a volunteer “adversary characterization” analyst for Project Vigilant, a Florida-based semi-secret government contractor, which encouraged him to inform the government about the alleged WikiLeaks source. The head of Project Vigilant, Chet Uber, claimed, “I’m the one who called the U.S. government… All the people who say that Adrian is a narc, he did a patriotic thing. He sees all kinds of hacks, and he was seriously worried about people dying.”[41]

Lamo was criticized by fellow hackers, such as those at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in 2010, who labeled him a “snitch”.[42] Another commented to Lamo, following his speech during a panel discussion, saying: “From my perspective, I see what you have done as treason.”[43]

In April 2011, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Lamo “a very disreputable character”, and said it was not right to call him a financial contributor to WikiLeaks, since Lamo’s monetary support amounted to only US$20 on one occasion. Assange said it was “mischievous to suggest the individual has anything to do with WikiLeaks.”[44]

Lamo characterized his decision to work with the government as morally ambiguous, but objectively necessary, writing in The Guardian: “There were no right choices that day, only less wrong ones. It was cold, it was needful, and it was no one’s to make except mine,” adding to The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington: “There were hundreds of thousands of documents let’s drop the number to 250,000 to be conservative and doing nothing meant gambling that each and every one would do no harm if no warning was given.”[45][46]

The Taliban insurgency later announced its intention to execute Afghan nationals named in the leaks as having cooperated with the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. By that time, the United States had received months of advance warning that their names were among the leaks.[47] Manning was arrested and incarcerated in the U.S. military justice system and later sentenced to 35 years in confinement, which President Barack Obama commuted to a total of seven years at the end of his term,[48] including time served.[49][50] Lamo responded to the commutation with a single post on Medium[51] and an interview with U.S. News & World Report.[52]

Lamo’s role in the Manning case drew criticism from Glenn Greenwald of Salon. Greenwald suggested that Lamo lied to Manning by turning Manning in, and then lied after the fact to cover up the circumstances of Manning’s confessions.[53] Greenwald places the incident in the context of what he calls “the Obama administration’s unprecedented war on whistle-blowers”.[53] Greenwald’s critique of Wired has drawn a response from that magazine which suggests that Greenwald is writing disingenuously: “At his most reasonable, Greenwald impugns our motives, attacks the character of our staff and carefully selects his facts and sources to misrepresent the truth and generate outrage in his readership.”[54] In an article about the Manning case, Greenwald mentions Wired reporter Kevin Poulsen’s 1994 felony conviction for computer hacking, suggesting that “over the years, Poulsen has served more or less as Lamo’s personal media voice.”[53] Greenwald is skeptical of an earlier story written by Poulsen about Lamo’s institutionalization on psychiatric grounds, writing: “Lamo claimed he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a somewhat fashionable autism diagnosis which many stars in the computer world have also claimed.”[53] In an article entitled “The Worsening Journalistic Disgrace at Wired”, Greenwald claimed that Wired was “actively conceal[ing] from the public, for months on end, the key evidence in a political story that has generated headlines around the world.”[55]

On July 13, 2011, Wired published the logs in full, stating: “The most significant of the unpublished details have now been publicly established with sufficient authority that we no longer believe any purpose is served by withholding the logs.”[56] Greenwald wrote of the newly released logs that in his opinion they validated his claim that Wired had concealed important evidence.[57]

Lamo had been critical of media coverage of the hacker collective Anonymous, saying that media outlets have over-hyped and mythologized the group.[58] He also said that Anonymous is not the “invulnerable” group it is claimed to be, and he can see “no rational point in what they’re doing.”[58]

On August 22, 2002, Lamo was removed from a segment of NBC Nightly News when, after being asked to demonstrate his skills for the camera, he gained access to NBC’s internal network.[59] NBC was concerned that they broke the law by taping Lamo while he (possibly) broke the law. Lamo was a guest on The Screen Savers five times beginning in 2002.[60]

Hackers Wanted, a documentary film focusing on Lamo’s life as a hacker, was produced by Trigger Street Productions, and narrated by Kevin Spacey.[61] Focusing on the 2003 hacking scene, the film features interviews with Kevin Rose and Steve Wozniak.[61] The film has not been conventionally released. In May 2009, a video purporting to be a trailer for Hackers Wanted was allegedly leaked to or by the Internet film site Eye Crave.[62] In May 2010, an earlier cut of the film was leaked via BitTorrent.[63] According to an insider, what was leaked on the Internet was a very different film from the newer version, which includes additional footage. On June 12, 2010, a director’s cut version of the film was also leaked onto torrent sites.[64]

Lamo also appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, Democracy Now!, Frontline, and repeatedly on KCRA-TV News as an expert on netcentric crime and incidents. He was interviewed for the documentaries We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and True Stories: WikiLeaks Secrets and Lies.[65][66]Lamo reconnected with Leo Laporte in 2015 as a result of a Quora article on the “dark web” for an episode of The New Screen Savers.[67]

Lamo wrote the book Ask Adrian, a collection of his best Q&A drawn from over 500 pages of Quora answers, which have so far received nearly 30,000,000 views.[68]

In the mid-1990s, Lamo volunteered for the gay and lesbian media firm PlanetOut Inc.[13][69] In 1998, Lamo was appointed to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth Task Force by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.[70] In 1999, Lamo was ordained a minister in the Universal Life Church.[71] In 2001, he overdosed on prescription amphetamines.[10][72]

In a 2004 interview with Wired, an ex-girlfriend of Lamo’s described him as “very controlling”, alleging “he carried a stun gun, which he used on me”. The same article claimed a court had issued a restraining order against Lamo;[72] he disputed the claim, writing: “I have never been subject to a restraining order in my life”.[73]

Lamo said in a Wired article that, in May 2010, after he reported the theft of his backpack, an investigating officer noted unusual behavior and placed him under a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold, which was extended to a nine-day hold. Lamo said he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the psychiatric ward.[74]

For a period of time in March 2011, Lamo was allegedly “in hiding”, claiming that his “life was under threat” after turning in Manning.[75] During this time, he struggled with substance abuse but later claimed that he was in recovery and that his security situation had improved.[76]

Lamo died on March 14, 2018, in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 37.[77][78][79] Nearly three months later, the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center reported that “Despite a complete autopsy and supplemental testing, no definitive cause of death was identified.”[80][81]

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