Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Adrian Lamo, hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to Federal Bureau of Investigation found dead

Adrian Lamo, hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to Federal Bureau of Investigation found dead

The computer hacker was living in Wichita for about a year, his friend Lorraine Murphy told the Wichita Eagle.

Mario Lamo, the hacker's father, revealed the news of his son's death in a Facebook post on Friday. "A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone", wrote Lamo's father on Facebook.

A second family member, Andres, also posted about Lamo's death. The coroner for Sedgwick County, Kansas, where Lamo lived, also confirmed his death, according to technology news site ZDNet.

A neighbor who found his body said he had been dead for some time.

Lamo first drew public attention in the early 2000s when he hacked into several high-profile websites, including Yahoo and the New York Times.

The BBC reports he called hacker Adrian Lamo, who has died at age 37, a "petty conman and betrayer of basic human decency".

But he became infamous for his role in the prosecution of Manning, an ex U.S. army intelligence analyst who had befriended Lamo in 2010 after reading an article about the hacker.

Lamo informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the breach and Manning, who's transgender, was subsequently arrested and sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act.

In a 2011, Lamo had expressed some regret about a possible lengthy prison sentence for Manning. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence and she was released from military prison in May 2017 after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

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"If he hadn't been, Manning never would have told him anything".

However, he added that he had learned a lot from the experience, including that "you can't really know a person or their motives unless you've sat where they sat and seen the situation through their eyes, no matter how much you believe you do". "And he knew people all over the country".

"I think about him every day", Lamo told the newspaper about Manning, who still went by Bradley at the time.

"The decision was not one I chose to make, but was thrust upon me", he said.

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