Wired has published in full the chat logs it received of conversations between accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. [Threat Level]
(10:20:53 AM) bradass87: yes… questioned my gender for several years… sexual orientation was easy to figure out… but i started to come to terms with it during the first few months of my deployment
(10:21:09 AM) email@example.com: May I ask the particulars?
(10:21:34 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: I'm bi myself, and my ex is MTF.
(10:21:34 AM) bradass87: im fairly open… but careful, so yes..
(10:22:00 AM) bradass87: im aware of your bi part
(10:22:24 AM) bradass87: uhm, trying to keep a low profile for now though, just a warning
(10:23:34 AM) email@example.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.
I find it hard to accept that the last line there was "sensitive personal information with no bearing on WikiLeaks, [that] would serve no purpose to publish." It reads like a deliberated attempt to manipulate or even entrap Manning, on Lamo's part, and seems quite important to understanding what Manning thought he was doing by talking to him.
Here is a remarkable exchange between Manning and Lamo, talking about Wikileaks chief Julian Assange:
bradass87: assange offered me a position at wl… but im not interested right now… too much excess baggage…
(07:33:22 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: hey
(07:33:56 AM) email@example.com: tell him i'll do opsec for 'em
(07:34:03 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: is he gay?
(07:34:11 AM) email@example.com: *random*
(07:34:18 AM) bradass87: are you talking to the right person?
(07:34:23 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: yeah
(07:34:36 AM) bradass87: white haired crazy dude?
(07:34:38 AM) email@example.com: continuing convo where it dropped
(07:34:43 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: yeah
(07:34:49 AM) bradass87: ah… no…
(07:34:52 AM) bradass87: very str8
(07:35:47 AM) bradass87: had a camera smuggled via rectum once… he commented that he's "definitely not gay"
(07:37:44 AM) bradass87: [long story]