Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning Found Dead
Julian Assange shows 'delighted' with passing
Adrian Lamo, the notorious computer hacker who famously turned in whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI, has been found dead at the age of 37.
The cause of death is still unknown, but a coroner in Sedgwick County, Kansas has confirmed the news.
Skynews reports: Lamo was arrested and convicted of computer fraud in the early 2000's for hacking several high-profile companies including Microsoft and The New York Times.
Coroner says serial FBI snitch Adrian Lamo is dead. Lamo, a fake journalist, petty conman & betrayer of basic human decency, promised alleged source @xychelsea journalistic protection, friendship and support, then sold him to the FBI. https://t.co/SkvbrG7Kyn pic.twitter.com/vZMyJhRWCW— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 16, 2018
But he became infamous for his part in the prosecution of Manning, a former US army intelligence analyst who had befriended Lamo.
Lamo reported Manning to the US military after the transgender soldier, who was known as Bradley but now identifies as a woman, admitted leaking the trove of classified military documents.
It was the largest breach of its kind in US history, and included damaging videos like footage of a US airstrike killing Iraqi civilians.
Manning was arrested and sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013.
Her sentence was later commuted by President Barack Obama and she was released last year.
Lamo's father, Mario, posted a brief tribute to his son on Facebook on Friday.
"With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son," he wrote.