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Hackers often pride themselves on their anti-authoritarian and counter culture stance.

So news that former high-profile hacker Adrian Lamo had turned over an Army intelligence analyst to authorities was met with derision by some.

"A lot of people have labelled me a snitch," Mr Lamo told BBC News. "I guess I deserve that on this one but not as a generality."

"This was a very hard decision for me."

Mr Lamo is a former hacker, who exposed security flaws at the New York Times, Yahoo and Microsoft. After a brief stint hiding from the FBI, Mr Lamo was imprisoned and fined. He now works as a journalist and security analyst.
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post #2 of 80
Wired has a good write up on this as well.
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Heads should roll in the security department at that base.
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The guy is a giant prick.
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Originally Posted by Fredy View Post
The guy is a giant prick.

Very constructive.

Who is and why?
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Man, what a lame-o. Glad he turned in this idiot. What idiot in the military turns over classified crap like that and brags about it?
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Man, what a lame-o. Glad he turned in this idiot. What idiot in the military turns over classified crap like that and brags about it?
Someone that doesn't agree with the BS the government does.
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Someone that doesn't agree with the BS the government does.
It is one thing to expose a cover-up... it is another thing to indiscriminately provide classified information. That was Adrian Lamo's issue with the whole thing.
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It's nice to have "whistleblowers," but I think this part:

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He said that Mr Manning would download the documents from a room that needed a unique security code to access it. However, security on the base had slipped, he said.

"He said you'd knock on the door and they'd let you in."
Deserved reporting, because that goes beyond one whistleblower stepping forward; it's leaving sensitive material open to practically anyone about anything that base had access to. Government loves hiding behind 'National Security' whenever it likes, but it appears that base really was a National Security concern.
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Originally Posted by Spetsnaz View Post
Why are you even in the military if you just want to hurt it?
...to hurt it?

That's why he was in it.
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