2010-12-27 FireDogLake and Glenn Greenwald: Adrian Lamo, Kevin Poulsen and Mark Rasch

Image The story of Bradley Manning's arrest has had one crucial detail missing for the last six months. The chat logs allegedly between Adrian Lamo and Bradley Manning have had 75% of their alleged content redacted by the journalists allowed access to them, and the details of the initial contact between Manning and Lamo have never been understood. While the NY Times is content to run a front page article detailing testimony from a mentally unstable ex-felon who is suddenly remembering details that directly contradict what he stated last fall, other journalists have dug much deeper.

Glenn Greenwald continues to call for an end to the chat logs suppression by Wired, as he also continues to pursue the relationships between Wired, the FBI, and Adrian Lamo (the sole provider of evidence against Bradley Manning). A few things we now know, courtesy of Greenwald and the sources he references, about Lamo, his friend Kevin Poulsen who published the chat logs story, and their accomplice Mark Rasch who put Lamo in touch with federal law authorities in order to inform on Manning:

  • Lamo and Poulsen are both convicted felons who were prosecuted by the FBI and have maintained contact with at least one former adversary.
  • Lamo was involuntarily hospitalized for severe psychiatric distress three weeks before his chats with Manning.
  • Poulsen was the initial recipient of the Lamo / Manning chat logs and the journalist who initially published the chat logs story.
  • Rasch is the former chief of the DOJ's Computer Crimes Unit in the 1990s.
  • Rasch is the General Counsel of "Project Vigilant," the vigilante group that claims to gather Internet communications and hand them over to the U.S. government.
  • Rasch is the person who put Poulsen in prison for several years.
  • Rasch is a regular contributor to Wired.
  • Rasch is a long-time associate and source for Poulsen.
  • Poulsen's first job when getting out of prison was with Security Focus, the same entity for which Rasch also regularly wrote.
  • Although it was Poulsen who almost always and exclusively wrote about Lamo, Rasch filled in when Poulsen was unavailable.
  • Rasch has been a long-time source for Poulsen going back to 1999 and 2001, including when Poulsen was writing about Lamo, and was also Poulsen's source repeatedly for articles he wrote at Wired.
  • Rasch has also been a regular source for Wired's Kim Zetter, who was Poulsen's co-author on the Manning articles (on November 29, an ABC News story on Manning featured Rasch as an "expert" analyzing the accusations without any disclosure of the key role he played in Manning's arrest).
  • While many convicted hackers had very rigid restrictions placed on them when leaving prison Poulsen not only quickly began writing online as a journalist about the hacker world, but did so at the very same publication that also published articles by his prosecutor, Mark Rasch.

Meanwhile Marcy Wheeler asks some very good questions regarding When Did Adrian Lamo Start Working With Federal Investigators? and FireDogLake presents a wonderful pieced together version of the chat logs as we know them so far.

As the DoJ tries to assemble a case of conspiracy against the first media organization to provide a truly anonymous, untraceable, completely automated, no-contact, document drop off, this is the evidence they will be relying on and these are the people bringing it. These are also the people and evidence keeping Bradley Manning in solitary confinement. Thank you to Glenn Greenwald and FireDogLake for diligence and integrity in journalism.

Kevin Poulsen has tweeted that he will respond to Greenwald's latest tomorrow. We will link if he does.

Photo Credit Adrian Lamo Facebook via Glenn Greenwald

Lamo-Manning Chat Logs

Legal “entrapment” appears to apply only to crimes, not to confessions of crimes, if a Miranda warning or Mirnanda rights are legally relevant in the particular case. Thus, the reported AIM chat logs between Manning and Lamo may be inadmissible at any court martial or trial of Manning.

Excerpt from wikipedia.com:

The Miranda warning (also referred to as Miranda rights) is a warning that is required to be given by police in the United States to criminal suspects in police custody (or in a custodial interrogation) before they are interrogated to inform them about their constitutional rights. In Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court of the United States held that an elicited incriminating statement by a suspect will not constitute admissible evidence unless the suspect was informed of the right to decline to make self-incriminatory statements and the right to legal counsel (hence the so-called “Miranda rights”), and makes a knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of those rights.[Note 1] The Miranda warning is not a condition of detention, but rather a safeguard against self-incrimination; as a result, if law enforcement officials decline to offer a Miranda warning to an individual in their custody, they may still interrogate that person and act upon the knowledge gained, but may not use that person’s statements to incriminate him or her in a criminal trial.

It is not clear when, if ever, the arresting military police or other police officers first read Army Pfc. Bradley Manning his Miranda rights. In any event, Manning was reportedly arrested *after* he had completed his reported five-day period of AIM chats with Adrian Lamo.

Adrian Lamo = Judas

Adrian Lamo = Judas

i dnt pretend to know the ins

i dnt pretend to know the ins and outs of everything that has gone on. but please consider this RE: this Lamo chap.

political dissidents all over the world are they often 'labelled' mental, and then locked up and tortured in what is euphamistically known as mental asylums. some of these places also freely admit to 'implanting' false memories, they call it therapy...they are also very good at obliterating memories and parts of the brain....

it is also an extremelt good wy of discrediting people....they also sometimes call people who defend themselves terrorists, or soemtimes even those who just stand tehre and die also get that label....i dnt think they bother too much with planting guns on them anymore!

you kill a non physical entity/ pigyob in self defence? then obviously you are automatically a schizo, they substitute that for a motive, chemical labotomy then puppet solicitor then trial by kangarooif youlucky.....only way to get a name out of one though....what you have to do make them admit they're employees of this terrorist govt, see some ID/ the warrant i have no idea....cd try abducting one of them and torturing them for a change? not that i'm instigating or anything, have to say that for legal reasons! but speaking the truth counts as menatl illness allegedly.....good way of bypassing court system entirely! got save some taxpayers cash in this day and age....why was that?

when you are drugged/ tortured you really can endup saying whatever they want you to say, o rwhat you think they want you to say....'refusing to capitualte' is pointless as they can and do literally bend you over and force you tto take it up the arse excuse my language ladies)...not just a metaphor! these yobos are also capable of dropping bombs on children and many other heinous crimes.....nobody else been reading the 'cables'? trying watching the video....

they did it to a man called gorbachev also, but that is very often forgotton about. they also did it to me so i do have a better idea than most as to what i am talking about...in britain alone the 'menatl population' has supposedly been growing by about 30-40% per year these past 8-9 years.....maybe you think the CIA is still going around putting LSD in peopel's bread? where do you think all th epolitical dissidents in britain actually are?

hate to jump on somebody else's bandwagon, but if i'm allowed to post links try reading


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