How a Burnt Lady Gaga CD Helped Leak 250,000 U.S. Embassy Cables to WikiLeaks

Lady Gaga Fame MonsterI find this to be a good reminder for conspiracy theorists how seriously incompetent governments can be. From a fake Lady Gaga CD to a thumb drive that is a pocket-sized bombshell — the biggest intelligence leak in history… David Leigh writes in the Guardian:

The US military believes it knows where the leak originated. A soldier, Bradley Manning, 22, has been held in solitary confinement for the last seven months and is facing a court martial in the new year. The former intelligence analyst is charged with unauthorised downloads of classified material while serving on an army base outside Baghdad. He is suspected of taking copies not only of the state department archive, but also of video of an Apache helicopter crew gunning down civilians in Baghdad, and hundreds of thousands of daily war logs from military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.” He said that he “had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months”.

Manning told his correspondent Adrian Lamo, who subsequently denounced him to the authorities: “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public … Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed. Worldwide anarchy in CSV format … It’s beautiful, and horrifying.”

He added: “Information should be free. It belongs in the public domain.”

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  • Msilvia9ac

    Is anyone fighting for this PFC Manning? He’s an American Hero! He risked everything to make sure We the People knew the truth about our government’s agenda and our horrifying military tactics.. And he’s been rotting away in Solitary Confinement for SEVEN months awaiting Court Marshall. His actions are protected by the First Amendment. Is there a movement to free him? There should be….

  • Msilvia9ac

    Is anyone fighting for this PFC Manning? He’s an American Hero! He risked everything to make sure We the People knew the truth about our government’s agenda and our horrifying military tactics.. And he’s been rotting away in Solitary Confinement for SEVEN months awaiting Court Marshall. His actions are protected by the First Amendment. Is there a movement to free him? There should be….

  • Msilvia9ac

    Is anyone fighting for this PFC Manning? He’s an American Hero! He risked everything to make sure We the People knew the truth about our government’s agenda and our horrifying military tactics.. And he’s been rotting away in Solitary Confinement for SEVEN months awaiting Court Marshall. His actions are protected by the First Amendment. Is there a movement to free him? There should be….

    • Hadrian999

      you will find that treason is not protected by the first amendment, I doubt he will be charged
      with that but he could be. the UCMJ is much different than civilian law, being in the military makes many things illegal that would be legal for a civilian, I think this guy is going to take some lumps for his decision.

    • http://drwho.virtadpt.net/ The Doctor

      There is – the folks over at bradleymanning.org.

      It’s also worth noting that one of its members was grabbed by the FBI at the US border last month and his laptop was confiscated.

  • Nw15062

    These are the heros of the american infowar, it shames me that these scandals occur on behalf of the american people but it is not without are attention and knowledge of them that we are able to correct it.

  • Nw15062

    These are the heros of the american infowar, it shames me that these scandals occur on behalf of the american people but it is not without are attention and knowledge of them that we are able to correct it.

  • Hadrian999

    you will find that treason is not protected by the first amendment, I doubt he will be charged
    with that but he could be. the UCMJ is much different than civilian law, being in the military makes many things illegal that would be legal for a civilian, I think this guy is going to take some lumps for his decision.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but, area 51 uses advanced alien technology (david bowie cds) so they can still get away with it.

  • dumbsaint

    Yeah, but, area 51 uses advanced alien technology (david bowie cds) so they can still get away with it.

  • DionysusReborn

    Pretty ballsy to be downloading Lady Gaga. It may be don’t ask, don’t tell, but he was surely hinting.

  • DionysusReborn

    Pretty ballsy to be downloading Lady Gaga. It may be don’t ask, don’t tell, but he was surely hinting.

  • secretagent

    So does anyone think that our government might just be using this as a way to disseminate information/disinformation? BTW – Our national secrets are secrets for a reason, particularly in these trying times.. Those of you that believe in 100% transparence are, well out of touch.. Simple example: If the leaks expose ongoing investigations, strategies or sources that will tip-off radical islamists and they then change there tactics for avoidance and there is yet another attack – do you really think that’s a good thing!!

  • secretagent

    So does anyone think that our government might just be using this as a way to disseminate information/disinformation? BTW – Our national secrets are secrets for a reason, particularly in these trying times.. Those of you that believe in 100% transparence are, well out of touch.. Simple example: If the leaks expose ongoing investigations, strategies or sources that will tip-off radical islamists and they then change there tactics for avoidance and there is yet another attack – do you really think that’s a good thing!!

    • Hadrian999

      no amount of secrecy can stop a real terrorist attack,
      they are too easy to pull off, an okc style bombing is impossible to stop unless it’s done by these stage managed fbi patsies like the kmas tree bomber, if someone wants to hurt you they can, the government latched onto the terrorism paranoia as an excuse to make everything a secret and strip almost all of the bill of rights in the name of the illusion of security

  • Hadrian999

    no amount of secrecy can stop a real terrorist attack,
    they are too easy to pull off, an okc style bombing is impossible to stop unless it’s done by these stage managed fbi patsies like the kmas tree bomber, if someone wants to hurt you they can, the government latched onto the terrorism paranoia as an excuse to make everything a secret and strip almost all of the bill of rights in the name of the illusion of security

  • Anonymous

    There is – the folks over at bradleymanning.org.

    It’s also worth noting that one of its members was grabbed by the FBI at the US border last month and his laptop was confiscated.

  • 5by5

    The “secret” information he revealed really isn’t THAT secret. This dude’s a frickin’ private, and the type of server this data was on, was hardly No Such Agency secure. And nothing in these cables would compromise lives on the battle field.

    In fact, the Obama Administration should be thanking him for revealing how the State Department, through diplomacy, stopped a sale of Russian long-range missiles to Iran.

  • 5by5

    The “secret” information he revealed really isn’t THAT secret. This dude’s a frickin’ private, and the type of server this data was on, was hardly No Such Agency secure. And nothing in these cables would compromise lives on the battle field.

    In fact, the Obama Administration should be thanking him for revealing how the State Department, through diplomacy, stopped a sale of Russian long-range missiles to Iran.

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