4 August 2010. Add Adrian Lamo message.
4 August 2010. Add HOPE statement and link to audio recording of the informants panel.
4 August 2010
Vigilant Spectacle of Hacker Snitches
Subject: Lamo / Webster / Manning
Timothy Webster was and may still be employed by DIA. Adrian Lamo has been working on asymmetrical infowar tactics for NSA through a series of shell companies since 2007, almost as soon as he was released from probation. The "PROJECT VIGILANT" thing is just intended to draw attention away from this aspect.
"VIGILANT SPECTACLE" is a real project tied to this. The name overlap is deliberate confusion.
I'm not briefed in on how this relates to Manning.
The Snitch Series:
lamo-webster.htm Adrian Lamo and Timothy Douglas Webster August 3, 2010 vigilant-fraud.htm Project Vigilant Is a Fraud August 3, 2010 vigilant-spies.htm Chet Uber and Richard Brandt Vigilante Spies August 3, 2010 lamo-shimomura.htm Adrian Lamo Los Alamos Tsutomu Shimomura July 24, 2010 wikileaks-snitch.htm Wikileaks Blows the Whistle on Snitches July 22, 2010 lamo-questions.htm Adrian Lamo Questions on Manning and Wikileaks July 19, 2010 manning-charge.pdf US Army Bradley Manning Detailed Charge Sheet July 6, 2010 (1.2MB) lamo-greenwald.htm Blinded by Contempt - Adrian Lamo on G Greenwald July 5, 2010 lamo-denies.htm Adrián Lamo Denies One Wikileaks Case Thoughts July 2, 2010
Adrian Lamo at HOPE Panel on Informants, 18 July 2010:
Four other panelists, Emmanuel Goldstein, Kevin Mitnick, Bernie X and Phiber Optic, made valuable statements on hacker informants and the latter three described how they were harmed by snitches. Emmanuel Goldstein said it is understood in the hacker community that up to 1 out of 5 hackers are informants.
Emmanuel Goldstein, of 2600, said a full video of the panel will be provided shortly.
Informants: Villains or Heroes?
Weve all seen the headlines and know that much of the controversy has a presence right here at HOPE. For those who dont know, or who just want a summary, one of our keynote speakers, Julian Assange, the main force behind whistleblower site wikileaks.org, became a marked man after one of his sources was allegedly identified by someone within the hacker community. The leaker had reportedly boasted to hacker Adrian Lamo (after seeing his name in a Wired article) about sending 260,000 U.S. State Department classified documents to wikileaks.org. According to Lamo, that claim was enough to make him decide to call the authorities and become an informant. The U.S. government became extremely interested in finding out whether Assange had these documents at wikileaks.org and it became abundantly clear that his appearance in the States to speak at HOPE would lead to interrogations, detainment, and possibly worse. At press time, the alleged leaker (an Army intelligence analyst), was being held incommunicado in a U.S. Army brig in Kuwait pending charges.
Our community has been thrust into the middle of this global controversy due to the multiple connections to the various players. There are a number of contentious questions and issues that were all dealing with right now. Was the leaker a hero for releasing information, including a widely sought video of U.S. troops killing unarmed Reuters staffers? Was Lamo a hero for turning someone in who was leaking classified information? Is wikileaks.org a vital resource or a threat to society? How should we as a community deal with this? And is this story being reported accurately and fairly?
Join us for what will be a most fascinating and enlightening panel discussion where youll hear firsthand perspectives on the issues of leaking information and turning people in, subjects that have always been of great interest to those in the hacker world. If you made plans to go home Sunday afternoon, this is worth rescheduling your trip and paying any penalties involved. Trust us.
Sunday 1400 Tesla (90 minutes)
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