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Manning-Lamo Chat Logs

The First Chat


These are transcripts of the chats between army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning and notorious hacker Adrian Lamo that led to the arrest of Manning for espionage and treason. The chats began May 21, 2010, and Manning was arrested on May 26, just five days after Lamo had initially contacted him, and only three after Lamo had informed the authorities about Manning. One of the things that seems clear from the chat transcripts is that. Lamo saved the chats into four separate files and turned them over to Wired magazine, that had done a profile on him. The chats were published in their entirety July 13, 2011.


Breadley Manning
Breadley Manning

(1:40:51 PM) bradass87 has not been authenticated yet. You should authenticate this buddy.

(1:40:51 PM) Unverified conversation with bradass87 started.

(1:41:12 PM) bradass87: hi

(1:44:04 PM) bradass87: how are you?

(1:47:01 PM) bradass87: im an army intelligence analyst, deployed to eastern baghdad, pending discharge for "adjustment disorder" in lieu of "gender identity disorder"

(1:56:24 PM) bradass87: im sure you're pretty busy...

(1:58:31 PM) bradass87: if you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?

(1:58:31 PM) <AUTO-REPLY>: Tired of being tired

(2:17:29 PM) bradass87: ?

(6:07:29 PM) What's your MOS?

(3:16:24 AM) bradass87: re: "What's your MOS?" — Intelligence Analyst (35F)

(3:16:24 AM) <AUTO-REPLY>: Tired of being tired


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