Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning Dead At 37, Julian Assange Delighted

Adrian Lamo, best known as the computer hacker who exposed Army whistleblower Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, died Friday at the age of 37.

Lamo's father announced the news in a Facebook post, and the cause of death remains unclear.

"With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead," Mario Lamo wrote. "A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son."

A spokeswoman for Sedgwick county regional forensic center said that an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. 

Lamo, known as the "homeless hacker" for his often transient lifestyle, first made waves in 2002 when he broke into the New York Times' intranet, where he added his name to a database of expert sources and then used their LexisNexis account to research high profile subjects. He pleaded guilty, paid a fine and was sentenced to six months of home detention. 

Adrian Lamo (left), Kevin Mitnick, Kevin Poulsen (2001)

In a subsequent inteview with NBC to discuss the Times hack, Lamo was booted off the show by network lawyers after he cracked into NBC's servers. 

Lamo says NBC was taping him at Kinko's while he demonstrated security holes in a telecommunications company's systems, when the interviewer asked him if he'd be successful hacking NBC.

Five minutes and one guessed password later and Lamo was surfing the television network's private messaging system and an affiliate scheduling application that included internal memos and information on advertising rates. Screen shots of the hack provided by Lamo and reviewed by SecurityFocus Online include a page from an NBC vendor database with the network's trademark "living color" peacock and the warning, "All information contained on this Web site is to be held in the strictest confidence," in all capital letters. "It was a very full service system," recalls Lamo. -SecurityFocus.com (2002)

Lamo's most infamous act, however, was dropping the dime on Chelsea Manning after the two had engaged in a private chat in which Lamo gained Manning's trust. 

(10:22:24 AM) bradass87: uhm, trying to keep a low profile for now though, just a warning

(10:23:34 AM) info@adrianlamo.com: I’m a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection.

(10:24:07 AM) bradass87: assange level?

(10:25:12 AM) bradass87: or are you socially engineering ;P

(10:25:51 AM) info@adrianlamo.com: You must not have done your research 😛

(10:25:57 AM) info@adrianlamo.com: I could have flipped for the FBI.

(10:26:05 AM) info@adrianlamo.com: Gotten a sweeter deal.

During the chat, Manning revealed how he had transferred sensitive information onto a commercial server and uploaded it to WikiLeaks after communicating with Julian Assange. Lomo took advantage of the fact that Manning was emotionally unhinged, and continued to pump him for information - which he then gave to the FBI, which he says he did because he believed "lives were in danger."

There was no option to interdict just the documents and put him merely in touch with counseling. There was no way to be both kind to Bradley and mindful of the potential for harm to people I had never known and would never know which the situation posed. The reader might think there was some more moderate choice that I overlooked but I looked closely, and no such choice existed. -Adrian Lamo

Lamo was shunned by the hacking community after turning Manning in, and was labeled a snitch

Unsurprisingly, Julian Assange wasn't too broken up about Lamo's death, tweeting "Coroner says serial FBI snitch Adrian Lamo is dead. Lamo, a fake journalist, petty conman & betrayer of basic human decency, promised alleged source @xychelsea journalistic protection, friendship and support, then sold him to the FBI."

Lamo's death has received a variety of responses:

 

Comments

D503 tmosley Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

Looks like "he had trouble breathing."

Q anon's second Boom?

Anyone consider that zerohedge articles get as many views as Jimmy Fallon's bullshit on YouTube?

Google "trending" videos up for days with only a couple hundred thousand views in the top 50, but Pewdiepie, or Louder with Crowder, can clear 500k in hours?

Americans are waking up to getting fucked. 

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fleur de lis DeadFred Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:18 Permalink

Yep, the Skripal hit in London was a loose end, too.

He was mixed up in the Christopher Steele yarn.

Bad move and he should have known better after spending so much time in the business.

Looks more like a Langley bungle up than a Ruskie hit although it could go either way.

All these morons who work with the Deep State for any amount of money need to take note and bail.

For some reason the DS is able to convince them of great payoffs and safety.

Every one of them is sure that he or she is safe.

They may get the payoffs but it won't do them much good once they have outlived their usefulness.

Even a small amount of information is too much and can attract heat to the schemers, so the moron assets have to get whacked.

 

 

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the artist fleur de lis Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

My $ in on Langley. In this day and age to think the Russians are going to employ this kind of technique for a low level assassination that would lead directly back to them...It does not pass the smell test. 

World turns on Trump

World turns on Russia

World finds out both are innocent 

USA and Russia begin working together to find the real perp. 

Marxists everywhere scurry under rocks. 

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fleur de lis the artist Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:09 Permalink

I agree that it is more likely Langley in a panic and trying to clean up their mess because they never factored in the possibility of getting found out.

So now the wet workers are on overtime trying to stay one step ahead, and they are getting sloppy.

But I leave things open since we will not find out what really happened even if the screwballs at the top figure it out.

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fleur de lis DaBard51 Sat, 03/17/2018 - 16:03 Permalink

Yep, the Clinton Foundation would qualify for the prime suspect gang.

There are any number of individuals/groups who would off him for just as many reasons.

Someone could have done it in revenge for squealing, stealing, or simply dropping the ball on some perverted project. 

Maybe payback for late delivery of whatever, or bad stuff, or missing money, or messing up some human trafficking racket. 

Maybe he wanted a bigger cut in the narcotics business or the money laundering/counterfeit deals.

Maybe he threatened someone with exposure if he did not get xyz, and they just whacked him because he was becoming a pest. 

That's exactly what happened to that big, fat, porcine oaf Robert Maxwell who stupidly threatened the Mossad of all groups.

It's just too easy to blame the Ruskies at this point.

They are already getting the blame for elections, electric blackouts, Syrian gas attacks, etc. so this is getting to be characteristically sloppy, meaning that it keeps pointing back to the lazybones Langley screwballs. 

They must have retired all the seasoned spook teachers so they don't know what they are doing anymore and only look like amateurs with weapons.

Actually baboons with weapons, and the same level of intelligence.

 

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DownWithYogaPants fleur de lis Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

Did it appeal to you when Khadafi died and Hillary did a victory dance?  I came, I saw, He died. 

Assange would do well not to do these dances.  The human condition is complicated.

 

..........and the hit in England could not go either way.  I would give you odds 99:1 this was CIA hit.  Why would the Russians complicate a hit by using some whizbang chemical when a gun goes cap cap cap and done.

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fleur de lis DownWithYogaPants Sat, 03/17/2018 - 12:18 Permalink

No, Khadafi's death did not appeal to me at all, nor did all the Langley sponsored carnage that followed.

Langley is jam packed full of .gov psychopaths, .gov serial killers/wet workers, and .gov schemers.

The thing is that this Skripal moron has been double crossing the wrong people for a long time, and any one of them could have been in on it.

It could have been the Deep State and it could have been the local cocaine dealer getting even with him for stealing.

By now he has a long list of enemies.

And yes, Langley is getting worse by the day, the place must be full of losers.

All I am saying is that we don't know although I agree with your suspicions.

As for Assange he needs to be careful since he is also dealing with .gov serial killers.

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booboo toady Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

Where is “Putin” “Russians” etc. in this story. Deep state proof readers are slipping but give it ten more minutes.

”Bernstein fix this shit now, call NBC, get Madcow on the phone right now.”

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