Wikileaks video leaker nabbed by creepy snitch
No good deed goes unpunished, and that is especially true when it comes to whistleblowers who expose the murderous machinations of the US government: SPC Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer in the vicinity of Baghdad, was arrested two weeks ago for having supposedly sent Wikileaks the “Collateral Damage” video of US troops shooting Iraqi civilians. The video, which showed US pilots murdering unarmed Iraqis, including a journalist, in cold blood and laughing about it, was posted to Wikileaks a month ago, and caused an international sensation. On the home front, it focused attention on the war when the issue had gone quiescent, and forced “progressives” to recall one of the major issues that once fueled their movement during the Bush presidency. Now the feds are having their revenge, and just how this came about is ominously murky. Wired, which says Manning “boasted” about his deeds, reports:
“Manning came to the attention of the FBI and Army investigators after he contacted former hacker Adrian Lamo late last month over instant messenger and e-mail. Lamo had just been the subject of a Wired.com article. Very quickly in his exchange with the ex-hacker, Manning claimed to be the Wikileaks video leaker.
“'If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?' Manning asked.”
Mr. Lamo is the archetypal creeper: previously known as the “homeless hacker,” he was sleeping in bus stations and under bridges, earlier in his career, and logging on to computers stealing information and wrecking networks. Caught hacking into Lexis-Nexis, the New York Times, and other sites, he was “turned,” and made the transition from hacker to “security expert” and, yes, self-described “journalist.” What he was, and is, is a professional snitch, working for the feds — I wonder how he paid off that $60,000 fine they slapped him with? — while all the time proclaiming his “patriotic” motives in turning in Manning. According to various puff pieces appearing in Wired and on Cnet, Lamo “agonized” over the decision, but in the end patriotism won out:
“I wouldn't have done this if lives weren't in danger. He was in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as he could, and just throwing it up into the air.”
Yes, lives were and are in danger — the lives of Iraqis, Afghans, and other targets of our murderous rulers, whose war crimes are being committed in the dark. Manning's “crime” is that he exposed them to the light. Manning also reportedly is the source of a video showing the massacre of innocent civilians in Garani, Afghanistan, which Wikileaks hinted at having possession of but has yet to release. Most intriguing, however, is that according to Lamo, Manning claimed to have leaked 260,000 diplomatic cables to Wikileaks — in effect, an inside history of recent US shenanigans around the world. Manning says the cables describe “almost criminal political back dealings.” The “incredible things, awful things” he discovered “belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark corner in Washington, D.C.”
The US government involved in “incredible things, awful things”? I'm shocked — shocked!
June 10, 2010
Justin Raimondo [send him mail] is editorial director of Antiwar.com and is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard and Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement.
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