-Wired has finally released the full transcripts of the chat logs between alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, the disgruntled former hacker who reported his alleged cable data dump to the FBI. All in all it’s mostly a heartbreaking read — Manning was clearly isolated, depressed and desperate, and for every 40 lines he typed, Lamo reciprocated with one.
By now everyone knows the cables were burned onto a blank CD marked “Lady Gaga,” but this particular segment of the chat was the kind of cultural moment that gets burned into history. Gaga might not have been our personal choice for a lip sync/download party—Robyn, maybe?— but if the leaked Cables are this generation’s Pentagon Papers, in 30 years, it’s going to be a real artifact.
WHICH IS ALSO TO SAY: my armchair psychoanalysis of the chatlogs, of which I’ve read entirely, is that Adrian Lamo was super not psyched about someone else going down in history for such a huge security breach — dude asked Manning MULTIPLE times to either introduce him to Assange or whether he could get a job at WikiLeaks — and it feels like he just took advantage of a sad, confused dude’s vulnerability so he could be part of the story. Which automatically makes him America’s most douchiest, douchiest snitch. And Manning one of our most tragic heroes.
Contributor’s meeting: depends on the context/publication/collective experience and/or intelligence of your employers, but generally it’s probably like an editorial meeting where they get you all together and outline their expectations for reviews, the site, etc., and maybe brainstorm. If you are lucky they will serve you food.
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