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Whistleblower: WikiLeaks Directed Leaker

We almost missed these interesting claims, buried as they were in this article from Friday’s New York Times:

Army Broadens Inquiry Into WikiLeaks Disclosure

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — Army investigators are broadening their inquiry into the recent disclosure of classified military information to include friends and associates who may have helped the person they suspect was the leaker, Pfc. Bradley Manning, people with knowledge of the investigation said Friday.

Two civilians interviewed in recent weeks by the Army’s criminal division said that investigators were focusing in part on a group of Private Manning’s friends and acquaintances in Cambridge, Mass. Investigators, the civilians said, apparently believed that the friends, who include students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University, might have connections to WikiLeaks, which made the documents public

Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker who this year traded instant messages with Private Manning, said in a telephone interview on Friday that he believed that WikiLeaks was in part directing Private Manning and providing technical assistance to him in downloading classified information from military computers

Mr. Lamo, who turned Private Manning in to the authorities, is cooperating with the Army and has a strained relationship with WikiLeaks. Last month, WikiLeaks denounced Mr. Lamo, along with a Wired News reporter, Kevin Poulsen, who broke the story about Private Manning’s arrest, as “notorious felons, informers and manipulators.”

Mind you, WikiLeaks has said this because Mr. Lamo is a whistleblower. Which just goes to show how much WikiLeaks really believes in ‘transparency.’

As Mr. Lamo characterized it in Friday’s interview, Private Manning “was to a great extent manipulated by WikiLeaks.” Mr. Lamo, who had extensive e-mail exchanges with Private Manning before reaching out to the authorities, said he believed that “there is at least one co-conspirator but probably more.”

Mr. Lamo said that he believed that a person with ties to WikiLeaks had helped Private Manning set up encryption software that would have allowed him to e-mail small bits of classified data outside the military computer system without detection. According to Mr. Lamo, the small bits were meant to attract the notice of Mr. Assange.

Mr. Lamo acknowledged that he had no direct evidence that Private Manning had help. He said he based his belief on information from people who knew Private Manning, not on his contact with the soldier himself. Asked if Private Manning had ever told him of any WikiLeaks assistance, Mr. Lamo replied, “Not explicitly, no.” …

What a snake pit.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Whistleblower: WikiLeaks Directed Leaker”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that this whole affair will cost lives. Mr ASS-ange has that rare condition of antisocial behavior that prevents him from seeing the harm he has done. I’m no psychologist but he strikes me as a psychopath.

    His invisibility cloak is off now, however and I hope he revels in his new found notoriety. Prison is too good for him but he needs to be locked up.

    As for Manning, I will wait for the court-martial’s findings. I’m not ready to just react but I fear the worst. That is, he did everything he wasn’t supposed to do..and for probably some stupid “reason” that he feels is justified.

    Can I admit now that I met a lot of socialists when I was in the military? Yes, people who wanted the government to run everything, make decisions for all and dole out jobs/wages/benefits/housing, etc. That way they wouldn’t have to compete for anything.

    Yes, they are all around us and yes, even in the military. It’s quite comfortable when all your major decisions are made for you. When your a young military member, that’s an everyday thing. What you wear, when you eat, where you go, what you do, who you live with…all decided in advance. No guesswork. Easy.

    Some fit in by putting up with it. Others fit in by truly embracing it and waiting for the day when they can “give the orders” and thus, keeping it alive. However, they fail to realize that you can function in the military quite well without becoming a robot. It’s hard sometimes and military PME actually teaches how to avoid becoming just that. Hobbies, outside interests..but for the more impressionable minds, sometimes they go off the deep end and become “all ate up” with militarism. It is almost indistinguishable from socialism.

    Why, I constantly had trouble with a guy who, while I was driving to the base in the morning, would call the cops on me if I happened to pass him on this day or that. He wanted control over others so badly…He was convinced he was right. Arrogant little SOB.

    Well, It doesn’t look too good for Manning. But I’ll wait until the findings come out.

  2. hushpuppy says:

    Rusty –

    RE: Assange, have you read this in Wiki?

    IF what he claims is true about his upbringing (which I doubt), then his bio goes a ways to explaining why he is the way he is.

    But there’s just something about the bio that ‘feels’ phony. Here’s one example:

    “Assange has said that his parents ran a touring theatre company, and that he was enrolled in 37 schools and six universities in Australia”

    And here’s why I think much, if not most, of his claims are phony in this paragraph:

    “The New Yorker has identified Assange as Mendax and explains its origin from a phrase of Horace: The New Yorker has identified Assange as Mendax and explains its origin from a phrase of Horace:“splendide mendax”, or “nobly untruthful.”

    So as far as I’m concerned, Assange is either a complete headcase or his grip on reality is tenuous. Borderline Personality Disorder actually fits him a lot better:


    So in order to make up for his insecurity and inadequacies, he lies, hacks and creates a situation wherein he sees himself as some kind of hero doing mankind a favor. (i.e. Wikileaks). Problem is what he does with the info. Remember the film that came out not too long ago and was supposed to be showing our troops wantonly killing all those poor innocents? That was edited, arranged into an alternate reality – one more to his delusional liking. He gets to play ‘hero’.

    So, having had a psychological rush, now he’s manipulating yet another impressionable person – Private Manning – to do the dirty work of getting inside information, he publishes it and presto! He’s a hero again. In his own mind. When you stop and think about it – there are distinct parallels between manipulating weak sisters like Manning, getting information and publishing it, and hacking: manipulating computers, passwords, etc to obtain documents and then bragging about it.

    However, there are still a few key areas that haven’t yet been explained or touched upon – some of them being:

    Did Assange ‘groom’ and manipulate Manning into enlisting? Since we don’t have a draft, he would have had to enlist.

    Was he promised some kind of ‘reward’ or incentive for turning over the documents? Hell, he’s only a PFC. Barely out of boot camp. Manning then, would be the embodiment of ‘useful idiot’.

    Did Assange give Manning a ‘list’ of items Assange wanted/needed? And how did Manning get his mitts on those documents anyway? It’s not like he asked Brass for particular documents (some 90,000 documents and more to come apparently).

    Was Manning involved in some other kind of espionage as well? How did he get into restricted areas in order to obtain the documents? Are they originals or photocopies?

    And so on. So for Manning to get well over 100,000 documents, he’d had to have been at it for quite some time. He would have had to have had some inside help to get those documents. How many people? Rank?

    This whole thing stinks to high heaven and with so many unanswered questions, I can’t help thinking this rat’s nest is considerably bigger. I honestly cannot see how some PFC pulling this off all by himself.

    Finally – have you heard Limbaugh’s take on this? He seems to think that since all the documents pertained to the prior administration, and miraculously nothing pointing to this current administration, Limbaugh feels it might be possible that The Obamination Himself might have had a hand in orchestrating this mess for the following reasons:

    * in order to do an end run around the pull out date, thereby

    * saving face and looking good to We the People who will

    * vote Dem by way of a thank you in November. (Never underestimate the Chicago machine!) ****

    * by bringing troops home sooner than they were scheduled because

    * Americans would be outraged over the leaks citing safety of our troops so they’d:

    * harangue their Congressmen to ‘pressure’ the POTUS to get our troops home ASAP.

    No matter how you look at this Wikileaks mess, it’s nauseating.


    Dick Morris explained how by manipulating votes, people who should have won didn’t, and those who initially had few votes, won. Just like the debacle we saw concerning vote tallies that found Al Franken was the winner over Norm Coleman.

    ACORN, SEIU, people voting multiple times – Do you remember seeing the Fox News news clip with the black man-in-the-street interview admitting to voting 15 times? He added that he got money every time he voted, free food and other goodies. He said a lot of people did that too. What The One did was to have his operatives scoop up homeless people and get them to vote.

    Case in point – how Obama came to be elected:


    It’s worth the time to watch the videos. Very educational.

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