(Photo of Manning: AP)Last June, the former hacker and sometimes-self-described-journalist Adrian Lamo spoke with Yahoo! News about his decision to turn in Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old Army intelligence analyst accused of providing a trove of classified United States military and diplomatic data to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
At the time, Lamo told John Cook (now a reporter at Gawker) that he didn't employ any subterfuge in getting Manning to discuss his activities:
Lamo says that he spelled out very clearly in his chates [sic] with Manning that he wasn't affiliated with WikiLeaks or acting as a journalist. Lamo even offered, he says, to speak to Manning as a reporter and to protect his identity—and Manning refused.
"I told him, 'Look--I am a journalist, and California [where Lamo lives] has a shield law,'" Lamo says. "I asked him if he wanted that choice, and he did not."
The chats Lamo was referring to, in which Manning claimed responsibility for the blockbuster leak, were excerpted June 10 last year on Wired.com--several weeks after Manning was detained by Army authorities. Wired explained at the time that it had redacted "portions of the chats that discuss deeply personal information about Manning or that reveal apparently sensitive military information."
Wired has now published the full chat transcript--because, as the magazine explains, "the most significant of the unpublished details have now been publicly established with sufficient authority that we no longer believe any purpose is served by withholding the logs." However, the fuller record of the Manning-Lamo chats also supplies a portrait of Mannings' sourcing agreement that's markedly different from how Lamo had characterized it to Yahoo.Read More »from Full Bradley Manning chat logs reveal broken confidentiality agreement