|3/17/2010||Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers||New York Times||Strom, Stephanie||Assange, Julian Packnett, Lt. Col. Lee||Wikileaks publishes 2008 Army report that says “WikiLeaks.org represents a potential force protection, counterintelligence, OPSEC and INFOSEC threat to the U.S. Army” — or, in plain English, a threat to Army operations and information. Report speculates that Wikileaks is supported by the CIA.|
|5/20/2010||Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo Institutionalized for Asperger’s||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin||Lamo, Adrian Lamo, Mario Debbaudt, Dennis||Adrian Lamo was placed on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold under a state law allowing the temporary forced hospitalization of those judged dangerous or unable to care for themselves. A judicial officer extended his stay to nine days. He is released on May 7, 2010 with a diagnoses of Asperger’s Disorder.|
|6/10/2010||‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Confessing to You’: The Wikileaks Chats||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin Zetter, Kim||Lamo, Adrian||Excerpts from alleged chat logs between Adrian Lamo and Bradley Manning, which Lamo provided to Wired.com. Wired says excerpts represent about 25% of the logs. Author Kevin Poulsen later tells Salon that only matters involving deeply personal information about Manning or that reveal apparently sensitive military information are not included.|
|6/18/2010||WikiLeaks Alleges Collusion||Columbia Journalism Review||Hendler, Clint||Poulsen, Kevin||Poulsen responds to allegations made by defendwikileaks in BoingBoing comment: Poulsen’s initial phone call from Lamo didn’t come until May 24, after Lamo had already contacted federal authorities, and was set to meet with them for the first time the next day. In that call, Poulsen says Lamo told him only the bare outlines of what the meeting was about: he’d been in contact with someone claiming to be an Army intelligence analyst who said he’d shared classified information, including State Department cables, with a “foreign national.” Primarily, Lamo seemed to be concerned about his own safety. “He was very paranoid,” says Poulsen. “He was going into a meeting with the feds and he wanted to make sure that if it boomeranged on him somehow and he was incommunicado that the story would get out.”…“I knew that we were talking about a WikiLeaks source, and I still didn’t know the name,” says Poulsen. “I still didn’t have any way to really check out the story.”Poulsen asked Lamo for the chat transcripts with Manning several times, only to be denied. Then Lamo told Poulsen that he had a second meeting scheduled with the FBI.|
|6/13/2010||Video: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg at Personal Democracy Forum||BoingBoing||defendwikileaks||Comment raises questions about Wired’s reporting: “Everyone knows Kevin Poulsen & Adrian Lamo are friends. It is obvious they worked their target, Bradley Manning, for days — in co-operation with the FBI and US Army CID. This hearkens back to COINTELPRO tactics…Could it really be that, in pursuit of breaking a big story, Wired magazine staff helped set up a situation where the FBI/USACID got to use proxy interrogators, who misled a suspect into believing that he was only answering questions from someone he could trust, instead of federal/military law enforcement, without any Constitutional protections in place?”|
|6/8/2010||Unfriendly Fire: Wired’s scoop sets WikiLeaks a-Twitter||Columbia Journalism Review||Hendler, Clint||Poulsen, Kevin||CJR speculates that Julian Assange is the one taking to Wikileaks’ twitter account to “warn journalists off” against believing the June 6 Threat Level blog post’s primary source and one of its authors: “Adrian Lamo&Kevin Poulson are notorious felons,informers&manipulators. Journalists should take care. http://bit.ly/chFsGC” Poulsen responds: “Wired isn’t in the business of working to expose other journalists sources, or WikiLeaks’s sources. We pursued this and we reported on this because the FBI and the Army already had the information. By the time we reported it—by the time we were doing serious reporting on it—he had already been arrested.”|
|8/5/2010||Ex-agent says he alerted DoD in WikiLeaks case||Associated Press||Dishneau, David||Lamo, Adrian Webster, Timothy||Timothy Webster, 30, of Santa Barbara, Calif., said a Sacramento-based computer hacker called him May 26 with a hypothetical question: What would you do if a soldier told you he had leaked classified information?…Webster said he alerted Army counterintelligence agents, who contacted Lamo. Manning was detained in Kuwait on May 29, three days after Lamo called Webster…Lamo confirmed the account, and said he also told Webster that Manning had confided he was planning to send tens of thousands of classified diplomatic reports to WikiLeaks…Lamo said he consulted with several people after Manning confided in him, but that it was Webster who got the investigation rolling.|
|8/9/2010||Ex-DOJer helped expose alleged Wikileaks source||CNET||McCullagh, Ceclan||Lamo, Adrian Rasch, Mark Uber, Chet||Lamo contacted Chet Uber, a computer security specialist and the founder of a group called Project Vigilant. Uber then contacted Mark Rasch, previously the head of the Justice Department’s computer crime unit…Uber described how Lamo contacted him. “Adrian calls me in a panic, saying this guy Brad Manning is sending me e-mails, some of them are encrypted,” Uber recalled. “He keeps talking about having access to classified data, (saying) ‘I don’t know what to do.'”… Lamo disputed Uber’s characterization of the conversation, saying that time and memory likely distorted the details. He said that he was also in touch separately with a friend, Tim Webster, who is a former Army counterintelligence agent.|
|6/7/2010||Hacker turns in soldier in Iraq airstrike video leak||CNET||Mills, Elinor||Lamo, Adrian||“If it was just the video, I would have left the issue alone, and frankly, he would have had my kudos–and he still does,” Lamo said. “But it wasn’t just the video. It was a lot of information that was unrelated to our activities in Iraq and Afghanistan or the war on terror at all, including information about some of our major trading partners.”… Asked to elaborate, Lamo said he couldn’t say more, except that the sensitive information had to do with code words and that it was “top-secret sensitive, compartmentalized information.”… Lamo said he thinks Manning contacted him after reading a Wired article last month about Lamo being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, after a stint in the hospital for depression….He was lonely and wanted somebody to reach out to,” Lamo said. “It’s the most painful part of it–the fact that he had such a simple and pure intent, and it had to be me.” …”My plan initially was not to see him arrested. I and the FBI wanted to continue feeding him disinformation,” Lamo said. However, the criminal investigation unit of the Army had other plans, he said…He knew he would feel the heat but felt that the only honorable thing to do was to go public with the story, because Manning “has a right to know who flipped him.”|
|7/7/2010||Wikileaks Tweet||Assange, Julian||“If Brad Manning,22,is the “Collateral Murder” & Garani massacre whistleblower then, without doubt, he’s a national hero.”|
|7/6/2010||CNET||McCullagh, Declan||Lamo, Adrian Morrell, Geoff||
The U.S. military has filed criminal charges against an Army intelligence analyst who has been accused of sending sensitive files to Wikileaks, including a controversial video showing troops firing on Reuters journalists…. Lamo refused to elaborate, saying only that Manning “compromised a seriously important classified op in his chats with me.”
|7/6/2010||Soldier in Iraq Faces Criminal Charges||U.S. Department of Defense||HQ, USD-Center||Officials emphasized that preferral of charges represents an accusation only, and that Manning is presumed innocent until and unless he’s proven guilty. The case will be processed in accordance with normal procedures, officials added. The command will appoint an officer to preside over an Article 32 investigation, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing. The investigating officer will make findings and recommendations that the chain of command considers in determining whether to refer the case to trial by court-martial.|
|6/26/2010||Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo to Accept Salon.com’s Offer to Rebut Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Story||PRLog||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||A recent Salon story involving Kevin Poulsen, Adrian Lamo, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, and a bizarre conspiracy theory left Adrian Lamo puzzled – and with the chance to rebut the story in Salon’s own pages.,,, Award-winning journalist Andy Stangby was tapped to fact-check Greenwald’s work, and Lamo is engaged in penning his reply.|
|6/14/2010||Lamo Tweet||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo challenges Wikileaks to release portions of chat logs he sent to them: “@wikileaks You still haven’t posted the Manning Confession submitted to you, but that’d be it.”|
|6/10/2010||Messages from alleged leaker Bradley Manning portray him as despondent soldier||Washington Post||Nakashima, Ellen||Lamo, Adrian van Alstyne, Debra Crowley, P.J. Bloom, Lt. Col. Eric||[Manning’s] aunt, Debra van Alstyne, reached by phone, declined to comment on the allegations but allowed that the family was “shocked and surprised” by them…”We love him, and we’ll stand by him through this process,” she said….The logs of messages between Manning and Adrian Lamo, provided to The Washington Post by Lamo, reveal a young man who was at once privy to government material of the highest sensitivity and confronting a personal crisis of the highest order…Manning was born in Crescent, Okla. His parents are divorced; his mother lives in Wales, his father in Oklahoma. He confided in Lamo that he was homeless in 2006 and had drifted from Tulsa to Chicago before landing at his aunt’s house in Potomac.In a phone interview, Lamo said he does not know what prompted Manning to allegedly leak. “I think it was a confluence of things — being a thin, nerdy, geeky type in an Army culture of machismo, of seeing injustice,” he said….An Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, said Manning, who entered the Army as a private in October 2007, was demoted last month for an assault. He said he was not facing early discharge.|
|3/26/2010||WikiLeaks Editor Describes ‘CIA Experience’||Media 140||Media 140||Assange, Julian||Twitter users who follow whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks may have experienced chills down the spine yesterday, as a series of ever-more-worrisome tweets appeared to describe how members of its staff were tailed and detained by United States spies. “WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining,” Wikileaks posted.|
|6/18/2010||The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks||Salon||Greenwald, Glenn||Poulsen, Kevin Lamo, Adrian Applebaum, Jacob Finkel, David||A definitive understanding of what really happened is virtually impossible to acquire, largely because almost everything that is known comes from a single, extremely untrustworthy source: Lamo himself. Compounding that is the fact that most of what came from Lamo has been filtered through a single journalist — Poulsen — who has a long and strange history with Lamo, who continues to possess but not disclose key evidence, and who has been only marginally transparent about what actually happened here (I say that as someone who admires Poulsen’s work as Editor of Wired‘s Threat Level blog)…When the U.S. Government was investigating Lamo in 2003, they subpoenaed news agencies for any documents reflecting conversations not only with Lamo, but also with Poulsen. That’s because Lamo typically sought media publicity after his hacking adventures, and almost always used Poulsen to provide that publicity.|
|6/17/2010||Email exchange with Wired’s Kevin Poulsen||UT Documents||Greenwald, Glenn||Poulsen, Kevin||GREENWALD: You published what were clearly excerpts of the chats between Lamo and Manning – did he provide you with the whole unedited version and if, so, do you intend to publish it? Or is what you published everything he gave you? POULSEN: He did, but I don’t think we’ll be publishing more any time soon. The remainder is either Manning discussing personal matters that aren’t clearly related to his arrest, or apparently sensitive government information that I’m not throwing up without vetting first.|
|6/18/2010||Wired, Wikileaks and the Hacker-Journalist Complex||Gawker||Chen, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||Here’s how it worked in the Manning case: Manning first contacted Lamo by IM on May 21st. On May 24th, Lamo called Poulsen to let him know about the potential story, but witheld details. Lamo began working with the feds to nab Manning. On May 26th, Manning was arrested. The day after Lamo learned of Manning’s arrest, he told the whole story to Poulsen, who drove miles to pick up a zip drive with the chat logs, according to the CJR. Poulsen wrote the post and published June 6th…We see here how Lamo functions essentially as an informal stringer for Poulsen. Lamo told the BBC that he had even told Manning he was a journalist. That Lamo then turned on his source is a pretty blatant violation of journalistic ethics, but never mind; Poulsen gets his story and Lamo gets his name in the papers….The exact role of Wired in this—and the extent to which Lamo misled Manning to think he was a journalist—could presumably be answered by looking at the full chat logs Lamo gave Poulsen.|
|8/6/2010||Wikileaks site unfazed by arrest of US army ‘source’||BBC News||Fildes, Jonathan||Assange, Julian Lamo, Adrian||“I was a private citizen in a private capacity – there was no source, journalist relationship,” [Lamo] told BBC News. “I did tell him that I worked as a journalist. I would have been happy to write about him myself, but we just decided that it would be too unethical.” The story of Mr Manning’s arrest was first reported on wired.com by Mr Lamo’s long-term associate Kevin Poulsen, also a former hacker and now a journalist.|
|6/8/2010||The State Department’s Worst Nightmare||Daily Beast||Shenon, Philip||Crowley, Philip Anonymous diplomat Henrikson, Alan K. Poulsen, Kevin||Kevin Poulsen, a senior editor at Wired, said in an interview that in the chat log, Manning did not specify the dates or identify the subject of the diplomatic cables, except to say that they contained scandalous information.“Manning clearly did have access to top-secret networks and information, and he had a great deal of detailed information about how he supposedly interacted” with Wikileaks, Poulsen said. “That doesn’t prove that he leaked anything. But he was very convincing in the details he did give.”|
|7/8/2002||With Friends Like This||Information Week||Hulme, George V.||Lamo, Adrian Rasch, Mark Poulsen, Kevin||[I]f it could be proved that [Lamo’s] digital trespassing caused $5,000 or more in damage to a company, even unintentionally, Lamo could face felony charges, says Mark Rasch, former head of the Justice Department’s Computer Crime Unit, who prosecuted Poulsen and Mitnick….Lamo’s mission has led him to expose computer security flaws at companies such as Microsoft, The New York Times, WorldCom, Yahoo, and the now-defunct Excite@home. To publicize his work, he’s often tapped ex-hacker-turned-journalist Kevin Poulsen as his go-between: Poulsen contacts the hacked company, alerts it to the break-in, offers Lamo’s cooperation, then reports the hack on the SecurityFocus Online Web site, where he’s a news editor….Poulsen says that, like WorldCom, officials at Excite@home also “expressed gratitude for Adrian.”|
|8/1/2010||Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant||Forbes||Greenberg, Andy||Uber, Chet Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, who Uber said worked as an “adversary characterization” analyst for Project Vigilant, had struck up an online friendship with Bradley Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who currently faces criminal charges for releasing the classified video.In June, Uber said he learned from Lamo’s father that the young researcher had identified Manning as the video’s source, and pressured him to meet with federal agencies to name Manning as Wikileaks’ whistleblower. He then arranged a meeting with employees of “three letter” agencies and Lamo, who Uber said had mixed feelings about informing on Manning.|
|8/1/2010||Meet the man who helped Lamo turn in Manning, the Wikileaker||IDG News Services||McMillan, Robert||Lamo, Adrian Uber, Chet||In early June 2010 security pro Chet Uber got a phone call from Adrian Lamo, a well-known hacker he had worked with for a year in a volunteer-run intelligence organization. Lamo had received classified documents from a U.S. Army intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning and wanted advice about what to do. Uber told Lamo to turn Manning in. “Put it in a bag, take it off your computer, wipe your drive and I’m going to call you back in 10 minutes,” Uber said he told Lamo…After Lamo called him, Uber contacted the U.S. Department of Defense and set things up with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation for Lamo to report the documents. He then called Lamo back and told him how to do that. “I used my connections to make sure that the three-letter agencies knew about it,” said Uber…In an e-mail inteview, Lamo confirmed Uber’s account. “Mr. Uber was, among a few others, an instrumental voice in helping me to come to my ultimate decision” to contact the authorities.|
|09/11/2003||Lamo denies $300,000 database hack||SecurityFocus||Poulsen, Kevin||Rasch, Mark||Three hundred thousand dollars seems very high, and it seem very unlikely it’s what LexisNexis would charge,” says Mark Rasch, an attorney and former Justice Department cybercrime prosecutor.The question is more than academic. The $300,000 figure raises Lamo’s maximum sentence under federal guidelines from six months in detention, to more than three years in prison, assuming no criminal history and a guilty plea, according to an analysis by Rasch. “It’s the difference between going home at the end of the day, and spending more than three years in jail,” says the lawyer.|
|9/29/2003||The Subpoenas are Coming!||Security Focus||Rasch, Mark||Poulsen, Kevin||Rasch breaks the story that his fellow Security Focus reporter, Kevin Poulsen, has been informed by the FBI that he must preserve all records related to his reporting on Adrian Lamo. Poulsen is also told “not to disclose the request to preserve documents,” “under the implied threat of prosecution for obstruction of justice.” “That’s why you’re reading about the letters for the first time here,” says Rasch. “I’ve never spoken to Adrian Lamo, but I am sure that by writing this article, I am making myself a target for subpoenas, search warrants (government, take note that the law prohibits search warrants for reporter’s notes) and demands to preserve evidence,” says Rasch. “All I have to say is, quoting President George W. Bush, ‘Bring it on.'”|
|8/10/2010||Meet Project Vigilant–the Wikileaks leak||CNET||Lamo, Adrian McCullagh, Declan||Uber, Chet Rasch, Mark||Mark Rasch, a former Justice Department computer crime prosecutor  has given Uber legal advice at no cost and is listed as [Project Vigilant’s] general counsel….Lamo said he became Project Vigilant’s associate director for adversary characterization about half a year ago. He refused to comment on the group or its activities for this article, repeatedly saying “I’m not authorized to comment on internal operational matters.” Rasch, the former Justice Department prosecutor now in private practice, says that Uber has a slew of contacts in and out of governments and elsewhere in the cybersecurity community. But in terms of working with Internet providers to monitor traffic, Rasch acknowledges, “I don’t know if he’s done this or it’s something he’s looking to do.” To him, Project Vigilant is perfectly legal. People have warned, he said, that “this is Big Brother, blah, blah, blah.” But, says Rasch, that criticism is based on the assumption that the information coming from the ISPs is raw data instead of: “‘We’ve found people attacking from Kuala Lumpur. Here’s the attack pattern.’ There’s a huge difference between that and reading e-mails or deep packet inspection.”|
|2010||SCIPP Board of Advisors||Scipp International||Rasch, Mark||[Mark Rasch] writes a monthly column in Symantec’s Security Focus online magazine on issues related to law and technology and is a regular contributor to Wired magazine.|
|2010||GovSec||Bio||Rasch, Mark||For almost 10 years, Mr. Rasch lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to investigate and prosecute computer and high-technology crimes, developing the DOJ initial guidelines on computer crime investigations, forensics and evidence gathering, and working with Congress to draft and revise computer crime and electronic evidence laws. He investigated and prosecuted the earliest computer crime cases including those of Kevin Poulsen, Kevin Mitnick and Robert T. Morris.|
|7/21/2010||WikiLeaks ‘Snitch’ Hacker Faces Wrath of His Peers||AOL News||Bhattacharya, Sanjiv||Lamo, Adrian Goldstein, Emanuel||Fearing such a breach would jeopardize national security, Lamo passed on what he knew to his ex, who happened to work for Army counterintelligence. His suspicions were apparently confirmed. “Their [Army counterintelligence’s] immediate response when I related the code name for one of the operations was ‘Never say those words again,’ ” Lamo told me. “Literally, ‘Forget you ever heard those words.’ And when I met with two federal agents to discuss them, they had me write it down on a piece of paper rather than say it aloud.” Lamo and Manning chatted for only five days, but for the last three, Lamo was secretly cooperating with federal agents.|
|7/1/2010||Ex-Hacker Denies Alleged WikiLeaker Gave Him Classified Documents||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin Zetter, Kim||Uber, Chet Lamo, Adrian||[Chet] Uber said Lamo told him that Manning had used steganography — the science of cryptographically hiding content within another file — to send him [classified] documents, and that they were hidden in either a movie file or a music file. Uber says he doesn’t remember some of the exact details clearly as a result of a mini-stroke he suffered in the past. Lamo told Uber the documents had markings indicating they were classified and that they were a threat to national security. Uber… told Lamo he had two options — he could destroy the classified documents or turn them over to authorities. Uber advised against destroying them since they might somehow be found on his computer and lead authorities to believe he’d been trying to hide them….Uber said that after speaking with Lamo, he called the Cyber Defense Crime Center, which gave him phone numbers for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a couple of other agencies he didn’t recall. He gave the contact information to Lamo…. Uber couldn’t remember the exact date he received a call from Lamo telling him about Manning, but it was one or two days before Lamo had his first face-to-face meeting with federal agents, which was on May 25. The day before that meeting, and after Lamo had already spoken with federal agents, he contacted Wired.com and disclosed that he was in the process of turning in an unnamed military service member who claimed to have leaked classified information to a “foreign national.” Because of his hacking past, he wanted a reporter to know he was meeting with federal agents to discuss the matter in case he himself was arrested. Lamo met with Army CID investigators and the FBI at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California. Uber says Lamo called him during his meeting with the federal agents, repeating doubts about what he was about to do. He was assured by Uber that he was doing the right thing and passed the agents a copy of his chat logs with Manning. Uber says that Lamo took the agents back to his house to show them the classified documents he had also allegedly received from Manning. “He told me he gave them everything,” Uber said…. At their second meeting with Lamo on May 27, FBI agents from the Oakland, California, Field Office told the hacker that Manning had been arrested the day before in Iraq by Army CID investigators.|
|7/2/2010||Update: Ex-Hacker Denies Alleged WikiLeaker Gave Him Classified Documents||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin Zetter, Kim||Uber, Chet Lamo, Adrian||Adrian Lamo said Monday that Manning did not provide him with classified documents. Lamo says Uber’s statements were the result of a misunderstanding. Lamo informed Uber in May that Manning, in his instant messenger chats with Lamo, had discussed things he’d seen on classified networks. “He described things that he had seen, but he did not actually send material firsthand,” says Lamo. “He characterized documents … However, it would be inaccurate to say that he sent me any documents.”… Asked why he didn’t set the record straight on Sunday, Lamo said “I wanted to take the time to make sure that explaining would not impede” the government’s investigation of Manning…Uber didn’t return a phone call Monday.|
|7/6/2010||Wikileaks Leaker Bradley Manning Finally Charged||Firedoglake||Wheeler, Marcy||[Manning’s charge sheet] alleges 50 State Department cables (which may or may not include the Rejkjavik one) were loaded onto Manning’s computer and transmitted to someone unauthorized to receive them.That means the government has some kind of proof that 50 cables were transmitted. That’s particularly curious given that, on May 22, Manning told Adrian Lamo that he would have to ask Julian Assange to learn if he had leaked anything beyond the Rejkjavik cable…. So if the government charged that Manning leaked 50 cables, it presumably didn’t come from his own confession, unless he leaked those cables to someone after May 22. That means they either got proof from Wikileaks that it received the cables, Manning leaked the cables after May 22, or someone else (Lamo?) received the cables and therefore offered proof they got leaked. So there are 50 cables that got leaked, which have not yet been released to the public yet which the government is sufficiently certain have been leaked so as to charge Manning with that leak…. Wired has published IM logs that go through May 25; it says Manning was seized on May 26. But the charge sheet describes the end date of Manning’s alleged activities to be May 27. And it appears to say he was put in pre-trial confinement on May 29, not May 26.In other words, the charge sheet appears to say that the chronology that has been published to date about Manning’s detention–a chronology that largely derives from Wired which in turn derives from Lamo–is incorrect. All of which raises some questions about what the government knows and how it knows it. Clearly, they are not using Lamo’s IM logs as primary evidence; Manning claimed to have leaked the Gharani video and yet that’s not among the leaks he is charged with. But even though–in the logs–Manning appears to be at least coy if not ignorant of 50 leaked State Department cables, they appear to think they have solid proof of that.|
|4/16/2003||A Duty to Hack||SF Weekly||Palmquist, Mark||Lamo, Adrian Atwood, Mary Lamo, Mario Skoudis, Ed Williams, Nevin||Lamo has been away from the city, recuperating, again, from too many sleepless nights. Since turning 22, Lamo has noticed that his sleep schedule (or lack thereof) has been harder on him, and as we walk down the mostly empty streets, he stops to gaze in the window of a health food store. He’s heard that some herbs and vitamins have anti-convulsive properties, which might help him stave off the spasms he suffers when he doesn’t get enough rest. The convulsions are the result of a neurological disorder, which Lamo says stems from an amphetamine overdose he endured last year. As with most of the steady influences on Lamo’s life, drug use is something he regards as a necessary element of his lifestyle — which also includes mainlining caffeine-laced energy drinks like Red Bull, Jolt Cola, and Mountain Dew Code Red.”I’ve resisted including this in news reports because I think it would make me intolerable to the government if I was advocating both intrusion and drug use, but substances that disassociate you from your senses have played a big part in my life,” Lamo says. “The point, with substances, has always been to show myself where I can go without them. Drugs are not an indispensable part of my life. But there are times when I’d rather stay up until the next bus comes instead of curling up and finding my backpack gone when I wake. There are times I don’t want to feel the pain.”…Lamo broke the news of his intrusion into WorldCom through the Web site SecurityFocus.com.|
|12/4/2004||The Homeless Hacker v. The New York Times||Wired||Kahn, Jennifer||Lamo, Adrian Calef, Craig Williams, Nevin Sanders, Mike Lamo’s ex-girlfriend||After browsing a bit, Lamo added himself to the [New YorkTimes oped writer data base]… Once the deed was done, he called SecurityFocus.com reporter Kevin Poulsen, a confidant and a convicted hacker himself. Lamo gave him the scoop, and Poulsen, hoping to verify the story, called the Times…His ex-girlfriend, who requested that her name be withheld, has also accused him of stalking her. “Every time I moved, he’d send an anonymous email,” she remembers. “Sometimes he’d include my unlisted phone number, which nobody else had. He made a point of showing that he knew where I was.” The court issued a restraining order against Lamo, following a complaint in which his then-girlfriend described an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse. “He carried a stun gun, which he used on me,” she recalls. “He was very controlling. He wanted to know where I was constantly. After we stopped talking, he would hack into the phone company’s service center and change my phone services.”…”If you say ‘I want Xanax’ up front, they say ‘Oh boy, only Paxil for you!'” Lamo explains. “But if I go back in two weeks and say, ‘The Paxil isn’t working, plus I’ve started getting these little, like, electric shocks throughout my body’ – then they think you’re showing signs of petit mal seizure, which is one of the side effects, and they give you Xanax.”Lamo actually is seizure-prone, ever since he overdosed on prescription amphetamines back in 2001. Now, he explains, he sticks to depressives and dissociatives. “The dissociatives are amazing,” he boasts. “You can look at your face in the mirror and completely not recognize it.”|
|11/29/2010||The Leaker? Serious Charges||ABC World News||Sawyer, Diane Moran, Terry||Rasch, Mark Lamo, Adrian||Rasch comments on Manning’s arrest on ABC News without mentioning that he was involved in it: (7:11) MARK RASCH (FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COMPUTER CRIMES CHIEF) If we can demonstrate that a death occurred as a result of these activities, these could face both life in prison and potentially the death penalty. (8:02) TERRY MORAN Why did he do it? Adrian Lamo, a convicted computer hacker who befriended Manning and then alerted the FBI about his activities says part of the motivation was fame. ADRIAN LAMO (FORMER COMPUTER HACKER) He struck me as a fairly humble person but one who wanted approbation for his actions, who wanted to be recognized.|
|7/30/2010||Hacker Exposed Wikileaks Suspect||CNN||Fantz, Ashely||Lamo, Adrian||SINDER: One interesting thing here that you also find out, Lamo didn’t believe man acted alone. Did he give any idea how many other people might be involved in this leak? FANTZ: Yes. Adrian did say that he knew of one person. Someone in the military who would have had the computer savvy, the capability, the time and the access to help Bradley Manning. But he wouldn’t elaborate on that for me. I asked him how he knew that. And who that might be. And Adrian Lamo would simply not explain what he meant. ROBERTS: Yes. Ashley, a little while ago you said there was communication between Manning and Lamo in the form of instant messages. He showed you some of the communication between the two. Why didn’t he show you everything? FANTZ: He said that he couldn’t give me the full logs because he had given his hard drive to the Department of Defense. And he joked that was his get-out-of-offer question reporter question free card. He also said that the logs contained personal information that he does not want exposed. And that there’s information that he has that no one has seen, that could compromise National Security. And that if anyone wanted to see the logs, that they could read about them in “Wired” magazine.|
|7/29/2010||On WikiLeaks scandal, hacker says he didn’t want to be a ‘coward’||CNN.com||Fantz, Ashley||Lamo, Adrian Woods, Army Maj. Bryan Anonymous Pentagon official||Lamo said he strongly suspects that Manning did not act alone. “As far as I know, he conducted the database himself but got technical assistance from another source,” Lamo said. “[Manning] was aware of one other person in military engaged in accessing databases without authorization.” Lamo refused to elaborate on why he believed this…. Lamo said he thinks Manning was flattered. “[He] was made to feel important with his ongoing contact with Assange and special link to WikiLeaks, jumping ahead in the queue of people who were also leaking,” Lamo claimed…. Lamo said he’s ready to testify in court if that’s necessary. “I’m not going to run out on this process,” he said. “I know what Mr. Manning did, and actions have consequences. Mine do. His do. I’ve accepted mine, and in time, he will accept his.”|
|8/4/2010||Soldier suspected of Wiki leak: ‘I’ve been isolated’||CNN.com||Fantz, Ashley||Lamo, Adrian Paterson, Jeff McCombs, Rick Moore, Chera Dyer, Tom Kirkpatrick, James Former soldier||Lamo confirmed he told Manning the soldier’s online conversations could be protected under the California shield law because it could be seen as a conversation with a journalist. Lamo says he does consider himself a journalist and that he made the offer in good faith. Manning seemed “naive,” Lamo said, “easily led,” but a “genuine, sincere boy.” “The only thing I know about Bradley Manning, based on his chats, is that he believed he was doing the right thing by releasing that information — the right thing being, in his mind, to demonstrate that the U.S. had done bad things in war,” Lamo said.|
|6/11/2010||Adrian Lamo Clarifies Role In Bradley Manning Wikileaks Arrest||PRLog||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||Responding to overwhelming reports regarding his role in PFC. Bradley Manning’s arrest, Adrian Lamo clarified today that he was not acting in his capacity as a journalist when communicating with Manning, nor was Manning a source. “A cop may be considered to be on-duty 24 hours a day, but a journalist can pick his stories,” Lamo said today. “Manning approached me out of the blue, and I elected to act as a source for Wired News rather than proceed as a journalist myself, due to my involvement in the story,” Lamo added... Lamo has in the past been identified as a donor to the [Wikileaks] site, along with evangelizing for donations. Manning had enjoyed unprecedented access to Julian Assange, the controversial founder and operator of Wikileaks. Manning remains in military custody in Kuwait. He is under suicide watch after a request fior [sic] same by Lamo.|
|6/11/2010||Wikileaks Commissions Lawyers to Defend Alleged Army Source||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin Zetter, Kim||Lamo, Adrian Assange, Julian||Julian Assange emails Lamo that he is arranging for Manning’s legal defense, and say he “urgently requires all emails and chat logs you alleged to have come from Mr. Manning….They will be used strictly for Mr. Manning’s defense, but must be complete.” Lamo responds: “Private Manning’s attorney can get them by discovery like everyone else.”|
|8/2/2010||Local Hacker: MIT Students Worked With Soldier In Releasing Classified Information||Fox40 News||Keys, Matthew||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo says two of his Facebook friends from MIT assisted Manning in leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Lamo says both students admitted in phone conversations to giving encryption software to Manning and showing him how to use it in order to sneak classified information from military databases. Lamo refused to identify them to CNN because he alleges one of the two students has threatened him. The normally media-shy Lamo has complained online about various news agencies, including CBS and ABC, of calling him early in the morning and showing up to his residence unannounced.|
|8/1/2010||MIT graduate admits link in leaks case||Boston Globe||Abel, David||Lamo, Adrian Pentagon officials||Lamo sends the Feds on a witch hunt for people who were mean to him: “Manning’s a bright young man, but he didn’t have the technical or political expertise to pull this off,” says Lamo, whose GED evidently renders him able to evaluate such things. The hysterical headline refers to a recent MIT graduate who acknowledged that he met and exchanged multiple e-mails with the Army private accused of providing thousands of classified war records to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, but he adamantly denied any role in the massive intelligence leak. Yes, that’s it. Lamo says Manning “had to depend on people state-side,” and said he knew of five people whom Army officials have interviewed over the past few months in the Boston area, including other MIT students and a student who recently left Boston University to attend Brandeis. No doubt Army officials are in the habit of telling such things to notorious fabulist and drug addict Adrian Lamo. Lamo doesn’t say why he thinks Manning got help from hackers in the area, or how he knows they provided him with encryption software to send the classified information to WikiLeaks, but he suggests they also helped him ensure those leaks were featured prominently on the website, as if they needed to. Lamo said he thinks Manning was motivated by ideology and by his access to Assange. “He was opposed to what he saw happening on the ground in Iraq and, and I think WikiLeaks played on his ego. He had access to a special server that allowed his leaks jumped to the top of the cue. I think he was made to feel special,” says Lamo, who was willing to promote his own institutionalization for attention in Wired magazine. “At least one of those acquaintances misled me and defense investigators as to how well he knew some of the people with ties to WikiLeaks,” said Lamo, who suddenly thinks he’s owed something and now has equal status with government investigators.|
|12/26/2010||When Did Adrian Lamo Start Working with Federal Investigators?||Firedoglake||Wheeler, Marcy||Lamo suggested he contacted the military when he heard that Manning had accessed the 260,000 cables (though Lamo’s story varies on what day he contacted the Feds). Which is why I find this sequence–which Wired summarized but did not publish in its own publication of the chat logs–so interesting. All of the narratives about how Lamo came to out Manning to investigators start a day or two after this curious day of activity.Yet already on this first substantive day of chat logs, Lamo appears to be fixing technical issues in the chat, demanding specific evidence about the cables, and–most suspiciously–presenting seemingly contradictory opinions about Wikileaks and Assange that had the effect of eliciting information about operational specifics and details on Assange’s own role in Wikileaks’ operations.|
|12/21/2010||Wikileaks: Manning’s attorney on the laws he’ll use to fight inhumane treatment||BoingBoing||Jardin, Xeni||Coombs, David||A Boing Boing reader points to instructions on how one might send postal mail to Manning, if one is so inclined.|
|12/21/2010||Article 13 and PFC Bradley Manning||Army Court Martial Devense||Coombs, David||Article 13 safeguards against unlawful pretrial punishment and embodies the precept that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Article 13 provides that: No person, while being held for trial, may be subjected to punishment or penalty other than arrest or confinement upon the charges pending against him, nor shall the arrest or confinement imposed upon him be any more rigorous than the circumstances required to insure his presence, but he may be subjected to minor punishment during that period for infractions of discipline.|
|12/18/2010||A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning||Army Court Martial Devense||Coombs, David||Bradley Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, describes what life is like for Manning: “PFC Manning is currently being held in maximum custody. Since arriving at the Quantico Confinement Facility in July of 2010, he has been held under Prevention of Injury (POI) watch.”|
|6/20/2010||Was alleged Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning’s crisis also one of personal identity?||BoingBoing||Jardin, Xeni||Journalists such as Washingtonian’s Shane Harris have speculated that the “adjustment disorder” for which Manning was reportedly about to be discharged might indicate a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” issue within the military. But these logs may also suggest that Manning’s state of crisis involved a different gender identity issue.|
|6/8/2010||WikiLeaks Mysteries Deepen||Washingtonian||Harris, Shane||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo tells The Washingtonian that when Manning first contacted him via instant messenger, he identified himself as “an Army intelligence analyst” with access to classified material and wrote that he was about to be discharged from the service because of an “adjustment disorder.” Lamo declines to elaborate on the nature of any condition or the circumstances behind Manning’s discharge but says that Manning described them. “I’m going to respect his privacy on that the same way I would if, say, you were being discharged for Asperger’s, which is near and dear to my heart,” Lamo says. In an interview with the New York Times, Lamo said he thought Manning was motivated to leak by “ideology” and “because he was dissatisfied with certain military policies,” but Lamo declined to say what he meant. “It’s a personal matter for him, and I do not think it was one his family would want aired in the national media.” When The Washingtonian asked whether Manning was being discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Lamo said, “It’s not my place to speak on Mr. Manning’s behalf. In general terms, he was not a supporter of the [DADT] policy, as a number of soldiers are, both straight and gay.” Lamo says that Manning expressed his views on the military’s policy “at least in passing once or twice.” Lamo says he had no intention of identifying Manning to investigators when they began their correspondence: “I started talking to him because I enjoyed talking to him.” Lamo read from what he says were transcripts of the instant-message exchange he had with Manning. The young solider contacted Lamo first after reading a profile about him in Wired magazine. Manning opened the correspondence with “Hi, how are you? I’m an Army intelligence analyst.” Lamo says it wasn’t until Manning claimed to have leaked 260,000 classified embassy cables to WikiLeaks that he decided to call federal authorities. Lamo says that Manning never showed him the cables but that after he mentioned a specific military operation by name, Lamo was afraid he could become implicated in Manning’s alleged leak. After that conversation, Lamo says, he got in touch with authorities from the Army and the FBI and met with them on May 25 or 26. Lamo says he believed that Manning had been in touch with the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, because Manning described aspects of a forthcoming profile in the New Yorker about Assange and his group before it was published.|
|6/7/2010||Army Intel Analyst Arrested In Connection With Leak Of Iraq Video||NPR Blog||Memmott, Mark||Poulsen, Kevin||Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep spoke with Wired‘s Kevin Poulsen, who said he has seen the online chats that the two men had, and that Manning “is very convincing. … He has a lot of information (and) an elaborate story about how he discovered the video, his first thoughts upon seeing it, how he made the connection to this incident in Iraq and how he went about contacting WikiLeaks.”|
|6/7/2010||Army Leak Suspect Is Turned In, by Ex-Hacker||NY Times||Bumiller, Elisabeth||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo said. “He was just grabbing information from where he could get it and trying to leak it.” Mr. Lamo said he had contacted the Army about Specialist Manning’s instant messages because he was worried that disclosure of the information would put people’s lives in danger. He said that Army investigators were particularly concerned about one sensitive piece of information that Specialist Manning possessed that Mr. Lamo would not discuss in more detail.“I thought to myself, ‘What if somebody dies because this information is leaked?’ ” he said…Mr. Lamo said Monday that he understood that Wikileaks had not yet decrypted the Afghanistan attack video. Asked to specify what he saw as Specialist Manning’s motives, Mr. Lamo replied: “Ideology. I think he was dissatisfied with certain military policies and he wanted to adversely affect U.S. foreign policy.” Mr. Lamo would not provide more details. “It’s a personal matter for him, and I do not think it was one his family would want aired in the national media,” he said. Mr. Lamo, 29, said he had expressed concern to Specialist Manning during the course of their exchanges. “I told him he would be in a world of hurt if he was found out,” he said. “In retrospect I wish I had tried to talk to him more.” Mr. Lamo said he had promised the F.B.I. he would testify against the specialist. “I’ll keep my word, but I won’t do it happily,” he said. “I hope that his parents can forgive me. I’m sorry about what happened to their boy. But I was backed into a corner ethically.” By Mr. Lamo’s account, Specialist Manning reached out to him on May 20, after an article on Wired’s Threat Level blog described Mr. Lamo’s struggles with Asperger’s disorder and his history as a hacker.|
|6/11/2010||Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press||NY Times||Shane, Scott||The Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press. Prosecutions like those of Mr. Drake; the F.B.I. translator, Shamai Leibowitz; and potentially Specialist Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst, who has not yet been charged, have only a handful of precedents in American history.|
|6/10/2010||Risky Business #154 — Adrian Lamo: Why I turned informer||Risky Business||Gray, Patrick||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: He’s fortunate, in that Wikileaks is nominally a non-governmental organization. If it weren’t, he could be charged with espionage and face the death penalty. As it is, I like to think that this saved him from more trouble down the road because he was piling up the consequences Had it only been the helicopter video I would’ve left it alone, because I wouldn’t have believed that anybody was in danger. There were issues other than the cables that I can’t get into that were very specific and did have significant ramifications in terms of our safety, both economic and national. GRAY: You decided to do this, you decided to turn the guy in. That’s one thing.ou could’ve done it very discreetly, you could’ve spoken to the military, this guy could’ve been arrested, it all could have been very very discreet. My question to you is, why did you then go to Wired.com with the chat logs and decide to talk to the media about your involvement in the arrest of Bradley Manning? LAMO: Wired published it one day earlier than the military would have. I’m not quite sure what your point of contention is there…. GRAY: Adrian Lamo on the line there. Lamo also told me he submitted those chat logs between him and Manning to Wikileaks and it’s their decision whether or not they want to publish them. (Transcript by Cedar Park)|
|6/12/2010||Adrian Lamo to Wikileaks: Alleged Spy is an Alleged Spy||PRLog||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo issues a press release: “Adrian Lamo refused a demand by Wikileaks today that he cease discussing potential espionage by Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst fingered in a recent leak probe after his own confessions during an instant message chat. “Lamo states in no uncertain terms that he would repeat his actions in turning in Manning upon his admissions, and that the course of conduct which Manning undertook could be readily construed as espionage. Wikileaks head Julian Assange is an Australian national.”|
|6/14/2010||Adrian Lamo Tweets||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, Adrian||“@wikileaks You still haven’t posted the Manning Confession submitted to you, but that’d be it.”|
|6/24/2010||UPDATE: Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Released, Lamo Claims Wikileaks Betrayal||DailyTech||Mick, Jason||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo tells us he sent the logs to Wikileaks “To see if they’d be true to their ethos, and publish something, even if it incriminated a source, or if they’d cover it up. I wanted to pose a catch-22. They did neither. [T]hey passed them on to a disgruntled ex-fan who knows my ex-wife[.] ID’ing me as the source. They broke their own rules. Any source that pisses them off could face termination, prison, or worse.” As evidence that the organization betrayed him, Lamo cites that neither the U.S. government nor Wired, where his close friend Kevin Poulsen works, would have leaked the logs. And besides Wikileaks they were the only ones with the logs. Poulsen had the logs on the USB stick, which has not been connected to a networked computer. And the U.S. government took Adrian Lamo’s copy. The U.S. government’s system that they’re stored on is believed to be air-gapped (not connected to external networks). So there’s no apparent way someone could have stolen the logs. The only other party to have them was Wikileaks, who appears to have been the one who released them. Additional evidence supporting this assertion is provided by the fact that the attached snippet preceding the logs matches the one Lamo recalls sending to Wikileaks. This story is significant for several reasons. First, if substantiated, these claims represent a complete and purposeful compromise of Wikileak’s policies by the site’s leadership. Lamo comments, “I think it’s clear that Wikileaks needs change from the top in order to protect their sources. Nobody who vexes them is safe. They mishandled this wikileak – who’s to say what they’re doing with the 260,000 DOS cables?” UPDATE: Tuesday June 29, 2010 8:30 p.m. – We have since come across what seems to show (in the form of a podcast interview Lamo gave to an Australian blog site) that Lamo’s allegation that Wikileaks outed him was flawed, and that he actually outed himself, while Wikileaks allegedly confirmed him as a source. We’ve updated the title according. Lamo asserts that Wikileaks violated site policy by independently confirming him as a source through back-channels.|
|6/7/2010||Wikileaks Video Arrest||CBC Radio||Allen, Tom Off, Carol||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: [Manning] also also mentioned to me a top secret operation that the Army for lack of a better word freaked out over when I mentioned it to them. They would not even say it out loud, they wrote it on paper and showed it to somebody else when discussing it. LAMO: It was when I initially confirmed through a friend of mine who had experience in military counterintelligence and had him virtually blanche — or at least I imagined over the telephone — when I mentioned the operation, that I knew that I had to act. [Timothy Webster, the former Army counterintelligence officer Lamo reached out to, says Lamo called him on May 26th. Lamo said his first meeting with the FBI was May 25th.] OFF: How did the army react to what you told them? LAMO: They drove up, two special agents from a fairly good distance to in order to discus it, along with an FBI agent and a representative from the NSA. They took it very, very seriously. Everybody who I spoke to was very professional, and it kind of took me by surprise and I think it took the FBI by surprise when Manning was arrested. At the table we didn’t discuss arresting him at any point. I was just instructed to continue on with my life as usual.|
|1/14/2007||Adrian Lamo encrypted a file today||Host Guider||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo issues a press release upon the end of his probation for hacking the New York Times: “He extended his thanks to those who supported and aided him throughout his case, including…Timothy Douglas Webster.”|
|6/12/2010||Soldier leaked Google attack investigation details, hacker says||CNET||Mills, Elinor||Lamo, Adria||
Manning told Lamo that he leaked the code name and details of a government investigation being conducted regarding the attacks on Google, Lamo said. Lamo said he could not say anything more or risk arrest for disclosing classified information. The U.S. State Department complained to China about the cyberattacks, which Google announced in January and which helped push Google withdraw its search engine from the Chinese market. More than 30 other companies were targeted in the cybertattacks, which appeared to target source code and, in Google’s case, also Gmail accounts of human rights activists. The Chinese government has denied any involvement in the cyberattacks. Agents from the Army’s criminal and counterintelligence units, as well as the Diplomatic Security Service, met with Lamo on Friday night, he said. The agents asked for files related to the communications between him and Manning, Lamo said, and he gave them a laptop and the hard drive from another laptop, as well as encrypted e-mails that had been stored on a remote server. Lamo said he is scheduled to give a sworn statement to authorities on Sunday.
|9/23/2010||Private Manning and the Making of Wikileaks||This Land||Nicks, Denver||After Proposition 8 passed, Brad’s Facebook wall becomes a flurry of activity, much of it related to the gay rights movement, though most updates were ordinary messages from a happy young man, newly in love. He spent the holiday season in the Washington, D.C. area, and just before Christmas announced a relationship with a new boyfriend. He began posting more often than ever. “Bradley Manning is a happy bunny.” “Bradley Manning is cuddling in bed tonight.” For an active duty soldier, he was remarkably transparent about his sexuality on his Facebook wall. After returning to base: “Bradley Manning is in the barracks, alone. I miss you Tyler!” And, “Bradley Manning is glad he is working and active again, yet heartbroken being so far away from hubby.”… In September 2009, his relationship status changed to single, and posts between he and Tyler tapered off, though they maintained friendly communication. This was likely a safety measure in light of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. A month later he deployed to Iraq. Brad arrived in Iraq in late October 2009. His infrequent status updates are mostly mundane: “Bradley Manning has soft sheets, a comforter, and a plush pillow… however, the war against dust has begun,” and “Bradley Manning is starting to get used to living in Groundhog Day.” Over the next several months, when Brad may have leaked most of the documents, he appears happy and carefree. His posts are peppered with smiley emoticons. On March 14, he “wishes everyone a Happy Pi Day!” Not until April 30, after a change in his boyfriend’s relationship status does his emotional state seem to deteriorate. That day he posts that he “is now left with the sinking feeling that he doesn’t have anything left…” Days later, on May 5, 2010, he says he “is beyond frustrated with people and society at large,” and the next day he “is not a piece of equipment.”|
|7/30/2010||Adrian Lamo on CNN With Drew Griffin, 7-30-2010 (VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT)||CNN||Griffin, Drew||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: [T]he chairman of the Joint Chiefs has come out and said that the founder of WikiLeaks may very well have blood on his hands. The president of Afghanistan has expressed his outrage. I believe that that has been vindicated in the past couple of days.
GRIFFIN: Adrian, let me ask you about Bradley Manning and what you know about him from the I guess electronic conversations you may have had with him. Did you try to express to him just how dangerous this might have been?
LAMO: I expressed to him that it could be very well considered espionage. And he respectfully disagreed. Espionage is not one of the charges that’s on the table right now. And I’m grateful for that because Mr. Manning is a well-meaning young man. He has a sense of social responsibility. Perhaps not a sense of personal responsibility. But the thing about it is that nothing that I could say would prevent the release of these documents, because they had been leaked prior to my interactions with Bradley Manning.
GRIFFIN: And did you — were you given specific documents or were you just told from Manning about these documents?
LAMO: Although I was not and am not in possession of the Afghan war logs or of the diplomatic cables, Bradley Manning did leak to me information related to ongoing classified counter intelligence operations, which based on my interaction with the United States’ Army and defense authorities, were considered highly sensitive.
GRIFFIN: Did he feel that eyes were on him? Did he feel that he was being looked at, at the time?
LAMO: I don’t believe that’s the case. In fact, he had approached the local national security agency operative at Forward Operating Base Hammer , where he was stationed, and inquired of them whether or not they had detected any suspicious traffic. And the answer to that was, no, at which point they went back to watching a movie.
|7/20/2010||Wikileaks Critic Adrian Lamo Defends Manning Decision||Gizmodo||Norton, Quinn||Lamo, Adrian||Interviewed at Next HOPE: “Lamo filled in details of his story. Lamo said Manning didn’t necessarily have access to the materials he’d leaked as part of his job, Manning had “exceeded his authority,” he’d hacked his way into classified data. Lamo said after Manning had told him about the cables he’d contacted Army Counterintelligence through an ex still involved with the military. He dropped the name of an ongoing counterintelligence program, and according to Lamo, the sensitivity of that name escalated the situation. After reporting Manning to Army Counterintelligence, Lamo continued to chat for 2-3 days with Manning online, while also telling Army officials about the files Manning claimed to have leaked.
Lamo doesn’t like to say that he was deceptive to Manning in the days when he was both talking to the authorities and Manning. He prefers to say that during his daily chats he omitted telling Manning he had turned him in. “But it was an omission to not compromise what was at that point a potential criminal investigation,” Lamo says. He also contacted Kevin Poulsen of Wired in that time, though he requested an embargo. After Manning was taken into custody he says Poulsen pressured him to let him run the story, and Lamo did.
Lamo says he never saw a classified cable, despite that being his purported reason for turning in Manning. But other information Manning passed along about ongoing classified operations led Lamo, and presumably the Army investigators, to conclude that the claim was credible.
Lamo won’t confirm whether he and Manning discussed sexuality, but either way he sees it as no one’s business. “Outing someone because they are part of a news story is a despicable act,” he said. But if he was the source of the logs he may have been the determiner of that. “That was my bad,” says Lamo, “I didn’t give thought to whether (the logs) appear to speak to his sexual identity.”…
Like Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, Lamo appears to have not noticed the parts of the logs that suggested Manning was struggling with queer issues as well as his conscience about the actions of his superiors. Presumably neither did WikiLeaks. Lamo says he doesn’t regret sending Manning’s confession to WikiLeaks. However he seems to have doubts. “In retrospect, reading it, there are portions I could have redacted that would have prevented that.
|12/19/2010||NBC Nightly News||NBC||Taibbi, Mike||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: And it was the most difficult decision that I’ve ever made….I regret I had no other choice going forward. I wish that Bradley Manning had talked to me when he was planning it.|
|12/18/2010||Assange fears US spy charge||The Daily Telegraph (Australia)||Hohenboken, Angus
|US prosecutors would be able to form a much stronger case if Manning gave evidence that Assange had encouraged and helped him disseminate classified material.
Adrian Lamo, the former hacker who turned Manning over to the Government after the soldier bragged to him about his role in the leaks, is thought to have told the FBI that Assange had spoken to the soldier over an encrypted internet service while he was downloading government files.
|12/18/2010||Assange begins mansion arrest, but his ‘source’ feels the heat||The Independent (London)||Sengupta, Kim||Adrian Lamo, a former hacker who had been in contact with Pte Manning and eventually turned him in to the government, has told the FBI that Mr Assange had given the young soldier an encrypted internet conferencing service as he was downloading government files and a dedicated server for uploading them to WikiLeaks.|
|12/17/2010||WikiLeaks founder Assange is released from British jail on bail||Washington Post||Faiola, Anthony
|Lamo, Adrian||“I can say they would like it very much if they could build a case around conspiracy,” said Adrian Lamo, a former computer hacker who reported Manning to authorities and has been speaking with investigators.|
|12/5/2010||Sunday Morning||CBS News||Martin, David||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: To this day, I don`t really know what motivated him to send that first fateful e-mail….: It was when he started telling me, hey, do you remember that collateral murder video? That was totally me….The point at which PFC Manning disclosed to me that he had leaked several hundred thousand diplomatic cables was a point at which I began to believe that there was a certain deg– degree of gravity to the situation….The– the sense of importance, the sense of almost power I– I think was addicting to him….It`s my understanding that investigators believe that the transfer of the bulk of the documents took place the old-fashioned way: via what nerds like me like to call sneakernet, i.e., walking it on over to its destination….I believed that his actions were endangering lives and that he was going to continue to carry out a course of conduct specifically exfiltrating documents that had the potential to endanger lives….I know for a fact that Manning received assistance, technical assistance in covering his activities and in exfiltrating the– the data.|
|12/5/2010||Soldier at the centre of WikiLeaks storm Bradley Manning says he only wanted a normal life||Times Online||Ungoed-Thomas, John||Lamo, Adrian||In an interview with The Sunday Times, Adrian Lamo, 29, the Californian hacker who befriended Mr Manning over the internet, said last week he had kept pressing Mr Manning for more information. How was it possible to penetrate the security networks of the world’s greatest superpower?
Even within the flexible codes of behaviour in the hacking community, Mr Lamo considered Mr Manning’s behaviour unacceptable and reported him to army investigators. Mr Manning was arrested on May 26 in Iraq….Mr Lamo said he believed American lives were being put at risk by Mr Manning’s alleged activities.
“I am certain that more information would have come out had I not acted. Bradley would have continued compromising computer files,” he said….According to Mr Lamo, Manning enjoyed the status of being one of Assange’s key sources. “He made Bradley feel involved,” said Mr Lamo. “He had unprecedented access to Assange. He certainly wasn’t being coerced, but he wasn’t entirely acting of his own accord.”
|8/2/2010||Accused Wikileaks source had help, says hacker||Associated Press||Dishneau, David||Lamo, Adrian||Adrian Lamo, the Sacramento, California-based computer hacker who turned in Pte Manning to military authorities in May, claimed in a telephone interview Saturday he had first-hand knowledge that someone helped Pte Manning set up encryption software to send classified information to WikiLeaks….Mr Lamo, who is co-operating with investigators, wouldn’t name the person but said the man was among a group of people in the Boston area who work with WikiLeaks. He said the man told him “he actually helped Pte Manning set up the encryption software he used.” Mr Lamo said the software enabled Pte Manning to send classified data in small bits so that it would seem innocuous. “It wouldn’t look too much different from your average guy doing his banking on line,” Mr Lamo said. He said Pte Manning sent the data to get the attention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.|
|8/2/2010||CNN Newsroom||CNN||Starr, Barbara||BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: [T]he computer hacker Adrian Lamo says two men from who say they attend the M.I.T., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Boston area say they helped Manning and one of them claiming allegedly to have taught Manning, the private, how to use encryption software….It’s really becoming a jigsaw puzzle, Drew. And every day it appears to be expanding. So, right now, we have the army’s criminal investigation division leading the investigation. We know the FBI and the justice department have been brought in. Sources telling us this morning now the Department of Homeland Security also is looking into this. They are trying to keep track of what accomplices may be out there, who out there in the civilian world, including people at MIT, may have helped Manning.
Important to say, of course, all these are allegations. It is only Manning that is facing charges from a previous disclosure of classified information. All of this remains to be proven in a court of law, but nonetheless, Lamo, the hacker, is saying that two men at MIT told him they tried to help Manning. They gave him encryption software, at least one of them
|7/3/2010||World News with Diane Sawyer||ABC||Kerley, David||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: He never would have tried to have taken this sort of action on his own….|
|8/1/2010||MIT students helped WikiLeaks suspect, hacker says||CNN||Wire Staff||Lamo, Adrian||Adrian Lamo, the former computer hacker who tipped off federal authorities to WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, says two men in the Boston area have told Lamo in phone conversations that they assisted Manning.
Lamo said both men attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but he refused to identify them because, he said, at least one of them has threatened him. One of these men allegedly told Lamo they gave encryption software to Manning and taught the Army private how to use it, Lamo said
…Lamo claimed both men are working for WikiLeaks. Also, both men are Facebook friends with Lamo and Manning, and at least one continues to post Facebook messages on Lamo’s wall, the former hacker said.
|7/29/2010||FBI and military investigating source of leaked Afghan war documents||Washington Post||Nakashima, Ellen||Lamo, Adrian||Lamo, 29, who lives in Sacramento, said that the Afghan war documents are “basically a large dump of battlefield intelligence systems that Manning had access to.”
He said, however, that Manning lacked the technical expertise to obtain and transmit all the data and received help from people who worked with WikiLeaks. “There was overlap between people who were his friends and people working with WikiLeaks,” Lamo said.
“They made him feel real cool by putting him in touch with Assange,” he said. “They were WikiLeaks’ ‘shopper’ for classified information. There are at least two people in his social circle who are in contact with WikiLeaks.”
Lamo said he does not know how Manning’s friends came to know or work with WikiLeaks. “At some point he was either induced, or of his own volition, decided to contact [WikiLeaks],” Lamo said.
|7/28/2010||Blowing the whistle||Al Jazeera English||Fowler, Andrew||Lamo, Adrian||LAMO: “He proceeded to identify himself as an intelligence analyst and posed the question, well what would you do if you had unprecedented access to classified data 14 hours a day, seven days a week,” Lamo says.
Instead of celebrating the insider’s cyber heroics as a fellow traveller might, Lamo blew the whistle and 22-year-old Bradley Manning, an intelligence officer based in Baghdad, was arrested.
“He was firing bullets into the air without thought to consequence of where they might land or who they might hit,” Lamo says.
|7/26/2010||Hacker Exposes Secret Files: Not the Work of One Man||Good Morning America||Stephanopolous, George||Lamo, Adrian||ADRIAN LAMO (THREAT ANALYST) I do not believe that Private Manning had the technical expertise necessary to communicate this amount of information to the outside world without being detected – on his own. And I don’t believe that he operated without guidance.
STEPHANOPOLOUS: So it sounds like, bottom line, you agree with the statement the White House has put out last night that this leak has harmed America’s national security?
ADRIAN LAMO (THREAT ANALYST) Almost inconceivable to me that this could not result in harm to both security and actual real life people, because it’s easy to hear national security and think that it’s a jingoistic buzzword. But at the end of the day, it is about people, the lives of people.
|6/13/2010||Famous hacker suddenly finds himself infamous, in some quarters||Sacramento Bee||Stanton, Sam||Lamo, Adrian||On Thursday afternoon, Adrian Lamo sat quietly in the corner of a Starbucks inside the Carmichael Safeway, tapping on a laptop that requires his thumbprint to turn on and answering his cell phone. The first call, he said, came from an FBI agent asking about a death threat Lamo had received….Lamo’s allegations brought swift action from the government. He said he has met several times with the FBI, National Security Agency officials and Army investigators, huddling with them at a Starbucks, Rick’s Dessert Diner and other area locales….Lamo said Manning contacted him online after reading a profile of him on wired.com, which first reported Manning’s arrest and Lamo’s involvement last Sunday….He has tried his hand at journalism, including a stint on the student newspaper at American River College. He was married briefly, but said he is going through a divorce, hence his return to his parents’ Carmichael home.|
|7/27/2010||Wikileaks is Not One Person||Democracy Now||Goodman, Amy||Goldstein, Emmanuel||EMMANUEL GOLDSTEIN: [B]y doing this, [Lamo] placed himself in a situation where he was faced with what I believe is an impossible choice: do you continue to listen to somebody who is claiming to have leaked all these documents, or do you turn them in and clear your conscience and not go to prison yourself, if you’re found to be co-conspiring with him? I think Adrian put himself in that situation. It think it was a choice to continue to be in the spotlight by talking to people that were claiming all kinds of things. Keep in mind, we don’t even know if Bradley Manning ever gave 260,000 documents to WikiLeaks. We don’t know that.|
|6/7/2010||Hacker explains why he reported ‘Wikileaks source’||BBC News||Fildes, Jonathan||Lamo, Adrian||“A lot of people have labelled me a snitch,” Mr Lamo told BBC News. “I guess I deserve that on this one but not as a generality.”
“This was a very hard decision for me.”…Mr Lamo said that he did not suspect anything unusual when Mr Manning contacted him over instant messenger and e-mail. “I’m contacted on a daily basis by all kinds of people who confess to all kinds of federal crimes,” he said. “I have never once turned them in, even when the FBI offered me a deal.”
However, after Mr Manning confessed to distributing the documents, Mr Lamo said that his stance changed and he “felt the need to contact investigators”.
“At the moment he gave me the information, it was basically a suicide pact.”
“I was worried for my family – that if I were obstructing justice that they could be caught up in any investigation,” he said.
“I wanted to do this one by the book, by the numbers. I didn’t want any more FBI agents knocking at the door.” Instead of going straight to the authorities, Mr Lamo disclosed the information to “a friend” who had worked as an agent in the Army counter intelligence unit.
“He put me in touch with some of his former colleagues who he felt could handle the issue in a low key way,” he said.
Four agents – from different federal and military agencies – turned up at his house to read the conversation logs – from his e-mail and instant messenger conversations with Mr Manning – “one by one”, he added. “I gave them conversation logs that implicated Special Agent Manning. “They were particularly interested in a code word for a major operation.”
Mr Lamo also described how Mr Manning had supposedly obtained the documents. “He described the process of operational security in detail,” said Mr Lamo. “What he described was a culture of insecurity with poor attention to information. “The field base didn’t have significant security.”
He said that Mr Manning would download the documents from a room that needed a unique security code to access it. However, security on the base had slipped, he said. “He said you’d knock on the door and they’d let you in.”
Mr Lamo said that Mr Manning would take a CD labelled Lady Gaga into the room which he would load into a computer. “Basically he sat down and started burning data to the CD whilst pretending to be bopping along.”
|6/6/2010||U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe||Threat Level Blog||Poulsen, Kevin
|PFC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division…..The State Department said it was not aware of the arrest or the allegedly leaked cables. The FBI was not prepared to comment when asked about Manning. Army spokesman Gary Tallman was unaware of the investigation….
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.
In January, while on leave in the United States, Manning visited a close friend in Boston and confessed he’d gotten his hands on unspecified sensitive information, and was weighing leaking it, according to the friend. “He wanted to do the right thing,” says 20-year-old Tyler Watkins. “That was something I think he was struggling with.”
Manning passed the video to Wikileaks in February, he told Lamo. After April 5 when the video was released and made headlines Manning contacted Watkins from Iraq asking him about the reaction in the United States.
The agents did tell Lamo that he may be asked to testify against Manning. The Bureau was particularly interested in information that Manning gave Lamo about an apparently-sensitive military cybersecurity matter, Lamo said.
|12/15/2010||The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention||Salon||Greenwald, Glenn||House, David
|From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he’s barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he’s being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not “like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole,” but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.|
|12/23/2010||Bradley Manning Speaks About His Conditions||Firedoglake||House, David||Manning, Bradley||David House is the only other person, besides Manning’s lawyer David Coombs, to visit him regularly. House was the source for Glenn Greenwald’s 12/15/2010 piece on Manning’s detention. He responds to Pentagon claims about Manning’s conditions: “In my visit to see Bradley at the Quantico brig, it became clear that the Pentagon’s public spin from last week sharply contradicts the reality of Bradley Manning’s detainment. In his five months of detention, it has become obvious to me that Manning’s physical and mental well-being are deteriorating. What Manning needs, and what his attorney has already urged, is to have the unnecessary “Prevention of Injury” order lifted that severely restricts his ability to exercise, communicate, and sleep.”|
|12/29/2010||Wired.com: Lamo/Manning Wikileaks chat logs contain no unpublished references to Assange or private servers||BoingBoing||Bonner, Sean
|Adrian Lamo has made statements to various news agencies in which he suggests that Manning told him Assange set up some kind of private or “special” FTP servers for his use. Obviously, a private server could be considered special treatment.Assange has publicly denied this on numerous occasions, claiming Wikileaks received the cables through their normal submission system, and that he never heard the name “Bradley Manning” until it was published in the press.
Kevin (Poulsen) and Evan (Hansen) both independently verified that in the unpublished portions of the chat logs between Adrian Lamo and Bradly Manning there is no further reference to private FTP servers, and no further discussion about the relationship between Manning and Assange.
That’s kind of a big deal, because the published portions of the logs do not support or back up the statements Adrian Lamo seems to have been making. And that would mean that his claims are based solely on opinion, not based on evidence in the chat logs.
|12/15/2010||U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks||NY Times||Savage, Charlie||Lamo, Adrian
Anonymous Justice Department Sources
|Justice Department officials are trying to find out whether Mr. Assange encouraged or even helped the analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, to extract classified military and State Department files from a government computer system. If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents who then published them.
Among materials prosecutors are studying is an online chat log in which Private Manning is said to claim that he had been directly communicating with Mr. Assange using an encrypted Internet conferencing service as the soldier was downloading government files. Private Manning is also said to have claimed that Mr. Assange gave him access to a dedicated server for uploading some of them to WikiLeaks.
Adrian Lamo, an ex-hacker in whom Private Manning confided and who eventually turned him in, said Private Manning detailed those interactions in instant-message conversations with him.
He said the special server’s purpose was to allow Private Manning’s submissions to “be bumped to the top of the queue for review.” By Mr. Lamo’s account, Private Manning bragged about this “as evidence of his status as the high-profile source for WikiLeaks.”
Wired magazine has published excerpts from logs of online chats between Mr. Lamo and Private Manning. Mr. Lamo described them from memory in an interview with The Times, but he said he could not provide the full chat transcript because the F.B.I. had taken his hard drive, on which it was saved….
Mr. Lamo said Private Manning also sometimes uploaded information directly to Mr. Assange, whom he had initially sought out online. The soldier sent a “test leak” of a single State Department cable from Iceland to see if Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks were who they claimed to be, Mr. Lamo said.“At some point, he became satisfied that he was actually talking to Assange and not some unknown third party posing as Assange, and based on that he began sending in smaller amounts of data from his computer,” Mr. Lamo said. “Because of the nature of his Internet connection, he wasn’t able to send large data files easily. He was using a satellite connection, so he was limited until he did an actual physical drop-off when he was back in the United States in January of this year.”
|12/16/2010||U.S. Trying to Build Conspiracy Case Against WikiLeaks’ Assange||Threat Level Blog||Zetter,Kim||The Times points out that Threat Level has published excerpts from the logs of Manning’s chats with Lamo, but wrongly states that the parts in which Manning discusses his contact with Assange and the FTP server were not among those excerpts. In the excerpt below, published last June, Manning discusses the FTP server.|
|12/31/2010||U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks (Update)||NY Times||Savage, Charlie||Zetter, Kim||Charlie Savage lets Kim Zetter read the Lamo’Manning chat transcripts for him instead of anonymous Justice Department sources, and publishes an update: “An article on Dec. 16 about the possibility of prosecuting Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, after his Web site disclosed classified government documents referred incorrectly to Wired magazine’s publishing of excerpts of Internet chat logs that may be relevant to the investigation. The excerpts, recording online conversations between the main suspect in the leaks, Pvt. Bradley Manning, and an ex-hacker who turned him in, Adrian Lamo, do in fact contain references to communications between Mr. Assange and Private Manning, and to a server for uploading files to WikiLeaks. It is not the case that Wired’s excerpts omitted mention of such contacts.” However, Sean Bonner in BoingBoing asserts that the transcripts actually don’t back up Lamo’s claims. Maybe Savage will get around to reading them himself one day.|
|8/2/2010||College Students Probed in Wikileaks Investigation||Newser.com||Mary Papenfuss||Adrian Lamo||Students at MIT and Boston University are being investigated as possible accomplices in the massive leak of military documents posted on the Wikileaks site, according to officials. The FBI was apparently sicced on the schools in part by blogger Adrian Lamo. He did not reveal the students’ names because he said at least one of them threatened his life, reports CNN. The students told Lamo they gave encryption software to soldier Bradley Manning and taught the Army private how to use it to obtain the secret documents he’s suspected of providing to Wikileaks, Lamo claims.|