How A Burnt Lady Gaga CD Helped Leak Intelligence Files

Exactly 251,287 pieces of data from 250 US embassies and consulates was released yesterday by WikiLeaks, and while none of the information was particularly shocking, it's been described as the largest intelligence leak in history. Here's how it happened:

According to The Guardian, which was one of the chosen publications by WikiLeaks to help spread the information, the cables were copied from the defence department's Siprnet network by a 22-year-old soldier, Bradley Manning, who was working at an army base near Baghdad.

Manning's been held in solitary confinement since April, after his unauthorised downloads were discovered. According to the soldier, it was all too easy to gain access to the network and download the files:

"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."

Amounting to 1.6GB of data, Manning claims that "information should be free. It belongs in the public domain", however he made the mistake of IMing another hacker, Adrian Lamo, and boasting of his deeds. Lamo then dobbed him in, while Manning uploaded all of the files to WikiLeaks.

Gawker has a run-down of some of the more "interesting" factoids contained within the cables, but really, none of it is as horrifying as the video of an Apache helicopter firing at Baghdad civilians, which is believed to have been obtained by Manning and released by WikiLeaks back in April. [The Guardian]



    It was the only way to make sure noone would try playing the CD.

    OH SNAP!

      *hearts* gaga.

      too funny.

    We’re talking about stolen material here…anyone found to be in possession of/ using the stolen information should themselves be prosecuted as 1.) receiving stolen goods, and 2.) realizing profit from (essentially) the resale of stolen material. There should be criminal charges brought againt the original thieves and then too against any who are accomplices after the fact. Beyond this, the United States government needs to pursue this as they would any terroristic act. Identify the culprits and deal with them as the criminals they are. I would further suggest that a huge, huge monetary settlement be sought by the government. Make the thieves pay!

      thieves or this age's freedom fighters? "Make them pay" ??? are you stupid?

      Yes - lets seek a massive monetary settlement from individuals who will just file for bankrupsey and just end up costing everyone hundreds of thousands of dollars to take them to court. Well played... fool.

    I'll be surprised if he makes it out without getting done for treason.

    @Chris sir are a knob

    Lets see. Our tax payer dollars are paying for people to write some of this stuff so its actually our (as in "the peoples" material) material.

    Maybe if countries are concerned this shit will get out in the public they might think before going out spying on their neighbous, starting wars purely for their own economic gain or torturing their own citizens.

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