Adrian Lamo opens up about life after turning in Bradley Manning
The Guardian Thursday published a fascinating IM interviewwith Adrian Lamo, the hacker-turned-journalist and minister who famously turned Bradley Manning in to the Department of Defense after the young soldier confided in Lamo through online chats.
Lamo's elegant responses show a man attempting to detach himself from the realities of Manning's harsh detention and worrying legal prospects. They also show a man with enough philosophical soundness to reject questions about acting with hindsight.
Lamo told the Guardian's Ed Pilkington that he has not closely followed Manning's recent pretrial hearings:
It's not because I take it lightly, but because I take it as seriously as I do. Making the choice to interdict a man's freedom knowing it could mean his life, is something that's easy to judge but can only really be understood by living it. You either fold it into your character, come to terms and go on with your life, or you get stuck in that moment forever. For a while I thought I would be. I took it badly. But I came to terms and continued my life some time ago. It has, after all, been two years.
... I knew my actions might cost him his life. In that respect, any other outcome is preferable.