Ex-hacker has ‘no regrets’ over turning in WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning
The former hacker who turned in intelligence analyst Bradley Manning on suspicion of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks said he has no regrets about his decision.
“Sometimes you need to consider the good of the many versus the good of the one,” Adrian Lamo told CNET. “He’s not the Rosenbergs. But he’s done harm to our country that could, in the long run, be just as damaging.”
Wired reported that Lamo will meet with the chief prosecutor on the Manning case for the first time on June 2 and expects to be called as a witness during trial.
Lamo believes that if he had not turned in Manning, the U.S. army private would have continued to provide information to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Manning reportedly confided in Lamo in a series of online chats, claiming to have leaked classified documents and video to WikiLeaks.
Lamo later reported Manning to the Army and FBI. Army officials arrested Manning on May 26, 2010.
“I emphasize that I care a great deal about what happens to Bradley,” Lamo told CNET. “I see him the same as any other friend who did a very bad thing. If a friend of mine committed murder they’d still be my friend. I can, as they say, love the sinner but hate the sin.”
Manning is currently facing 22 charges.