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August 2nd, 2010
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MIT students helped WikiLeaks suspect, hacker says

(CNN) - Adrian Lamo, the former computer hacker who tipped off federal authorities to WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, says two men in the Boston area have told Lamo in phone conversations that they assisted Manning.

Lamo said both men attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but he refused to identify them because, he said, at least one of them has threatened him. One of these men allegedly told Lamo they gave encryption software to Manning and taught the Army private how to use it, Lamo said.

Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, is being held in solitary confinement at a Virginia detention facility. He is charged with leaking an airstrike video that the whistleblower website WikiLeaks published in April, and Pentagon officials say he is the prime suspect in last week's disclosure of thousands of field reports from the war in Afghanistan to the site.

Lamo claimed both men are working for WikiLeaks. Also, both men are Facebook friends with Lamo and Manning, and at least one continues to post Facebook messages on Lamo's wall, the former hacker said.

Asked for comment about Lamo's allegation that men working for WikiLeaks assisted Manning, WikiLeaks responded in an e-mail: "As a matter of policy, we do not discuss any matters to do with allegations relating to the identity of sources. Read More

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  1. david

    I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and I cannot believe I am hearing people sympathizing with illegal immigrants in this country let a lone any one individual state. I'm sorry but if you bring your illegal family illegally into this country that I have personally fought for it sickens me and you deserve to be thrown out. Not because you are mexican, not because we don't want you here but because you got here and remain here illegally what is it about the whole legal thing that has people confused? I mean if you are illegal in this country then you shouldn't be here period! If you want to come into America then do it legally and go through the right steps to become a legal citizen instead of an illegal immigrant that sucks off the U.S. benefits designed to help the LEGAL citizens. Arizona may have been wrong about the way they went about this process but you know what it's this country's own fault that we have the immigration problems we have now. We should have seen the handwriting on the wall and done something to thwart this problem long before we got to this point. I don't know it's seeming a lot of U.S. citizens don't really care that the dwindling benefits our nation offers are being sucked out from under us by people that don't even legally belong here in the first place!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  2. susan

    so the Hispanic community has a contract on the Sherrif's head!!!! what about the immigration laws in Mexico!!!!! they are pretty stiff!!! but if we try to have ANY laws, then watch out!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  3. Vanessa from Louisiana

    I want to see the COO of BP eat the seafood from Louisiana.... BP is full of lies....And the incident with MIT and wikilinks just shows you that education is a terrible thing to waste..

    August 3, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  4. Craig in Texas

    What was the url to check what the net has on you...didn't see a crawl with addy.


    August 3, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  5. Cindy Sturgis

    I feel that, yes they should punish everyone involved in putting out secret information about the war. If anyone can get ahold of this information it can cause alot of problems with our miltary.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  6. james

    ask BP why we have such low quality ROV feed ???
    at one time they were great ,now you can't make out a thing.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  7. Jack, Long Island, NY

    Look for a connection to the extreme right ..."Wiki-gate". Just another way to try to discredit the President.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  8. Pauly

    I thought MIT students were smart! They admit to Lamo that they provided encryption software to Manning & then threaten him if he tells anyone. Prior to that, all they had to worry about was Manning spilling the beans.

    They helped w/ disclosing classified info but want their identities to be secret! A little hypocritical if you ask me. It's only a matter of time before their identities become known. I understand why Wiki would want to protect their sources but isn't their mission to expose secrets?

    August 2, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  9. Julie

    As for these wikileaks people and all involved should have to spend a year in the surgery places of these poor soldiers coming back from war. The small segment I watched, I have no idea how these doctors can bear witness to this disasters of young vibrant men on the brink of death.
    I think they should bear witness to the catastropy they helped to cause.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  10. Bob in Houston

    President Obama is sending more national guard troops to the border this month; Sarah Palin lacks marbles.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:06 am |