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NOT HOLDING BACK: Last year, Wired.com published excerpts from an online chat involving Bradley Manning, the alleged hacker who is charged with releasing boatloads of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, numerous publications have reported pieces about Manning. In its July 11 issue, New York said Manning was leaking “as a way to protest the conduct of the war.”
Wired.com had originally only published some of Manning’s chat log to protect sensitive personal information about the soldier but since that’s now been whittled away, Wired released the full log last night. A Wired spokesman said the complete log may offer a clearer view into Manning’s mind-set that many will find counter to the New York story, and reports from others, that focus on Manning’s emotional state of mind. The spokesman added that the logs imply Manning may have actually come to terms with emotional demons before the first WikiLeaks dropped, had a new found sense of decisiveness and his actions were perhaps a more calculated and principled protest against military operations in the Middle East and other places. Judge for yourself: wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/manning-lamo-logs.
— AMY WICKS