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Adrian Lamo has become only the second source in Wikileaks history to be outed, and the first to be apparently intentionally outed by the site.  (Source: Zero Zumbrun)

U.S. Army Intelligence officer, SPC Bradley Manning, in uniform  (Source: Wired.com)
Hacker also participates in personal attack on Lamo; Lamo is only second source compromised in Wikileaks history

Adrian Lamo has become a hot news topic.  The celebrity hacker who once hacked servers at The New York Times and Microsoft recently turned in a U.S. Military officer, Bradley Manning, over a series of leaks -- including a leak of 260,000 confidential diplomatic wires -- which Lamo felt represented a tremendous danger to nation security.

Now with Manning in military custody, Wikileaks received a major portion of the transcript of Adrian Lamo's chats with Manning from an anonymous source.  That source was Lamo.

Lamo, a long time Wikileaks supporter and donor became only the second source in Wikileaks history to be outed.  And reportedly it was Wikileaks itself that outed Lamo.

The following is the unabridged logs, which they allegedly passed along to the site BoingBoing.  The complete log follows:
(12:15:11 PM) bradass87: hypothetical question: if you had free reign over
classified networks for long periods of time... say, 8-9 months... and you
saw incredible things, awful things... things that belonged in the public
domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC...
what would you do?
(12:16:38 PM) bradass87
: or Guantanamo, Bagram, Bucca, Taji, VBC for that
matter...
(12:17:47 PM) bradass87: things that would have an impact on 6.7 billion
people
(12:21:24 PM) bradass87: say... a database of half a million events during
the iraq war... from 2004 to 2009... with reports, date time groups,
lat-lon locations, casualty figures... ? or 260,000 state department
cables from embassies and consulates all over the world, explaining how
the first world exploits the third, in detail, from an internal
perspective?
(12:22:49 PM) bradass87: the air-gap has been penetrated... =L
(12:23:19 PM) Adrian: how so?
(12:26:09 PM) Adrian: yt?
(12:26:09 PM) bradass87: lets just say *someone* i know intimately well,
has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones
described... and been transferring that data from the classified networks
over the "air gap" onto a commercial network computer... sorting the data,
compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired
aussie who can't seem to stay in one country very long =L
(12:27:13 PM) bradass87: im here
(12:27:24 PM) Adrian: Depends. What are the particulars?
(12:28:19 PM) bradass87: theres substantial lag i think
(12:29:52 PM) Adrian: I don't understand.
(12:30:13 PM) bradass87: what was the last message you recieved?
(12:30:47 PM) Adrian: (12:28:19 PM) bradass87: theres substantial lag i think
(12:30:56 PM) bradass87: before that
(12:31:09 PM) Adrian:
(12:26:09 PM) bradass87: lets just say *someone* i know intimately well,
has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones
described... and been transferring that data from the classified networks
over the "air gap" onto a commercial network computer... sorting the data,
compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired
aussie who can't seem to stay in one country very long =L
(12:27:13 PM) bradass87: im here
(12:27:24 PM) Adrian: Depends. What are the particulars?
(12:31:43 PM) bradass87: crazy white haired dude = Julian Assange
(12:33:05 PM) bradass87: in other words... ive made a huge mess :'(
(12:35:17 PM) bradass87: im sorry... im just emotionally fractured
(12:39:12 PM) bradass87: im a total mess
(12:41:54 PM) bradass87: i think im in more potential heat than you ever were
(12:41:54 PM) Adrian : I have more messages than resources
allocatable to action them. Please be very patient.
(12:45:59 PM) Adrian: not mandatorily
(12:46:08 PM) Adrian: there are always outs
(12:46:17 PM) Adrian: how long have you helped WIkileaks?
(12:49:09 PM) bradass87: since they released the 9/11 "pager messages"
(12:49:38 PM) bradass87: i immediately recognized that they were from an
NSA database, and i felt comfortable enough to come forward
(12:50:20 PM) bradass87: so... right after thanksgiving timeframe of 2009
(12:52:33 PM) bradass87: Hilary Clinton, and several thousand diplomats
around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one
morning, and finds an entire repository of classified foreign policy is
available, in searchable format to the public... =L
(12:53:41 PM) bradass87: s/Hilary/Hillary
(12:54:47 PM) Adrian: What sort of content?
(12:56:36 PM) Adrian: brb cigarette
(12:56:43 PM) Adrian: keep typing <3
(12:59:41 PM) bradass87: uhm... crazy, almost criminal political
backdealings... the non-PR-versions of world events and crises... uhm...
all kinds of stuff like everything from the buildup to the Iraq War during
Powell, to what the actual content of "aid packages" is: for instance, PR
that the US is sending aid to pakistan includes funding for
water/food/clothing... that much is true, it includes that, but the other
85% of it is for F-16 fighters and munitions to aid in the Afghanistan
effort, so the US can call in Pakistanis to do aerial bombing instead of
americans potentially killing civilians and creating a PR crisis
(1:00:57 PM) bradass87: theres so much... it affects everybody on earth...
everywhere there's a US post... there's a diplomatic scandal that will be
revealed... Iceland, the Vatican, Spain, Brazil, Madascar, if its a
country, and its recognized by the US as a country, its got dirt on it
(1:01:27 PM) bradass87: i need one myself
(1:10:38 PM) bradass87: its open diplomacy... world-wide anarchy in CSV
format... its Climategate with a global scope, and breathtaking depth...
its beautiful, and horrifying...
(1:10:38 PM) Adrian : I have more messages than resources
allocatable to action them. Please be very patient.
(1:11:54 PM) bradass87: and... its important that it gets out... i feel,
for some bizarre reason
(1:12:02 PM) bradass87: it might actually change something
(1:13:10 PM) bradass87: i just... dont wish to be a part of it... at least
not now... im not ready... i wouldn't mind going to prison for the rest of
my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn't for the possibility of
having pictures of me... plastered all over the world press... as boy...
(1:14:11 PM) bradass87: i've totally lost my mind... i make no sense...
the CPU is not made for this motherboard...
(1:14:42 PM) bradass87: s/as boy/as a boy
(1:30:32 PM) bradass87: >sigh<
(1:31:40 PM) bradass87: i just wanted enough time to figure myself out...
to be myself... and be running around all the time, trying to meet someone
else's expectations
(1:32:01 PM) bradass87: *and not be
(1:33:03 PM) bradass87: im just kind of drifting now...
(1:34:11 PM) bradass87: waiting to redeploy to the US, be discharged...
and figure out how on earth im going to transition
(1:34:45 PM) bradass87: all while witnessing the world freak out as its
most intimate secrets are revealed
(1:35:06 PM) bradass87: its such an awkward place to be in, emotionally
and psychologically
(1:35:06 PM) Adrian : I have more messages than resources
allocatable to action them. Please be very patient.
(1:39:03 PM) bradass87: i cant believe what im confessing to you :'(
(1:40:20 PM) bradass87: ive been so isolated so long... i just wanted to
be nice, and live a normal life... but events kept forcing me to figure
out ways to survive... smart enough to know whats going on, but helpless
to do anything... no-one took any notice of me
(1:40:43 PM) bradass87: :'(
(1:43:51 PM) Adrian: back
(1:43:59 PM) bradass87: im self medicating like crazy when im not toiling
in the supply office (my new location, since im being discharged, im not
offically intel anymore)
(1:44:11 PM) bradass87: you missed a lot...
(1:45:00 PM) Adrian: what kind of scandal?
(1:45:16 PM) bradass87: hundreds of them
(1:45:40 PM) Adrian: like what? I'm genuinely curious about details.
(1:46:01 PM) bradass87: i dont know... theres so many... i dont have the
original material anymore
(1:46:18 PM) bradass87: uhmm... the Holy See and its position on the
Vatican sex scandals
(1:46:26 PM) Adrian: play it by ear
(1:46:29 PM) bradass87: the broiling one in Germany
(1:47:36 PM) bradass87: im sorry, there's so many... its impossible for
any one human to read all quarter-million... and not feel overwhelmed...
and possibly desensitized
(1:48:20 PM) bradass87: the scope is so broad... and yet the depth so rich
(1:48:50 PM) Adrian: give me some bona fides ... yanno? any specifics.
(1:49:40 PM) bradass87: this one was a test: Classified cable from US
Embassy Reykjavik on Icesave dated 13 Jan 2010
(1:50:30 PM) bradass87: the result of that one was that the icelandic
ambassador to the US was recalled, and fired
(1:51:02 PM) bradass87: thats just one cable...
(1:51:14 PM) Adrian: Anything unreleased?
(1:51:25 PM) bradass87: i'd have to ask assange
(1:51:53 PM) bradass87: i zerofilled the original
(1:51:54 PM) Adrian: why do you answer to him?
(1:52:29 PM) bradass87: i dont... i just want the material out there... i
dont want to be a part of it
(1:52:54 PM) Adrian: i've been considering helping wikileaks with opsec
(1:53:13 PM) bradass87: they have decent opsec... im obviously violating it
(1:53:34 PM) bradass87: im a wreck
(1:53:47 PM) bradass87: im a total fucking wreck right now
Note: These logs are incomplete.  Additional portions have been classified by the U.S. government, pending its investigation.  However, this is the unabridged confession.

BoingBoing, as noted, first published coverage of these logs and suggested Manning to be a transgender individual.  Gawker picked up and expanded on this story, citing a source named Ilva in its commentary (this individual, contrary to Gawker's claims has not seen Lamo since 2007, according to him).  Again, Wikileaks appears to be the source of BoingBoing's publication, according to Lamo.

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.

There is the possibility that the transcript was stolen from Wikileaks, which would essentially be just as damaging for the site's credibility.  However, that possibility seems unlikely given the site's unblemished track record pre-Manning.

There's more to the story as well.  A hacker named Nadim, once a friend of Lamo, also has become involved in the incident.  He reposted the leaks along with personal IM logs of conversations he had with Adrian Lamo and his wife Lauren Lamo.  These logs seem clearly engineered to paint Adrian in a negative light.

Lamo tells us, "Nadim's a good kid. Or he was. He's very idealistic. I fucking warn people not to put me on a pedestal. It's a long fall.  They passed [the logs] on to Nadim, who was vocally trying to make me "pay"[.]  It's Nixonesque dirty tricks."

In his post to a Fairfax, Virginia forum, Nadim claims that Lamo falsified the logs, due to duplicated lines and the word "confession".  Lamo expressly denies this claim, stating, "No.  Those were satellite issues.  If I was going to fuck with text, I'd claim the first part was a fabrication."

Also Nadim posts a chat log where he discusses leaking the documentary film Hackers Wanted.  The film was indeed leaked over bittorrent.  Lamo points out, "[N]ote /him/ offering to leak the film - not me asking."

And Lamo says that Nadim did not leak the film either.  The movie is narrated by Kevin Spacey and follows the adventures of Adrian Lamo and his friends.  Directed by Sam Bozzo, the film has never seen official release due to alleged conflicts between its producer and others on the team.

Nadim also leaked a lengthy discussion that he had with Lamo's soon-to-be ex-wife Lauren Lamo.  Lauren, who is going through divorce proceedings with Adrian reveals details of Lamo's use of prescription medicines.

A short excerpt of that conversation follows:
Nadim: There were 2600 articles published about "hacking your brain" with certain "boosting" medications
Nadim: Is this related?
Lauren: It has crippled him, into living like this, and without these meds, he can't function, or so he thinks.
Lauren: I suppose.
Lauren: The first and only time he ever stayed at my parents home in phoenix he stole a bunch of my mothers medication (one that he too happened to be taking normally) and gave us quite a scare in the morning.
Nadim: Adrian doesn't trust people, but makes his entire functioning dependent on drugs?
Nadim: I'm angry at him.
Nadim: He could have so easily avoided such a trap
Lauren: so lackadaisical he was spilling his coffee all over himself burning his legs and falling over speaking nonsense.
When considering these messages, one must realize that first Adrian Lamo and his wife are going through a trying divorce, so it'd be easy to take a personal conversation out of context.  And Lamo never asked to have his personal life held up on a pedestal, he says (Lamo has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, which he takes several medicines for).

Lamo tells us, "There's very little dirtier than playing on an ex-wife, an ex-lover, and a disgruntled fan to mishandle information submitted in confidence in an attempt at character assassination."

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?"

Secondly, this represents Lamo giving the public access to the complete chat logs for the first time, so they can draw their own conclusions about the incident.

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.

Lamo has not backed down from his call for Wikileaks director Julian Assange to resign. He claims that even though he outed himself, Wikileaks outed or confirmed him as a source as well -- a distinction which now seems academic.




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