Bradley Manning: Pro-NSA Hero?
I was taking a closer look at the Manning-Lamo chat logs and found something very unexpected: Bradley Manning seems to be weirdly ambivalent about illegal NSA spying, even supporting the practice because it protected America.
For example: Manning told FBI ICQ snitch Lamo that he wasn't "all that paranoid about NSA" and that most of what the NSA gets is "noise." Manning also defended the NSA, saying he "can see both sides of the whole illegal wiretap debate" because "it IS awfully useful in catching bad people" and that it's "an inevitability"…
Here's the relevant portion of the chat (parts bolded for emphasis):
(7:39:14 AM) [email protected]: Too bad Philip Agee died. You and he would have fun conversations.
(7:39:43 AM) bradass87: well, im not an expert in SIGINT… im just familiar
(7:40:06 AM) [email protected]: Neither was he. He just didn’t like what he saw in the course of his work.
(7:40:11 AM) [email protected]: And wrote about it.
(7:40:43 AM) [email protected]: “Inside the Company” – followed by “On the Run”, predictably.
(7:40:56 AM) bradass87: i know that approximately 85-90% of global transmissions are sifted through by NSA… but vast majority is noise… so its getting harder and harder for them to track anything down…
(7:41:31 AM) bradass87: its like finding a needle in a haystack…
(7:42:11 AM) [email protected]: Especially the way I speak Spanish. Rapidfire, few pauses between words :p
(7:43:11 AM) bradass87: heh
(7:43:41 AM) [email protected]: Colombians in Colombia think all Americans are CIA. It’s kind of funny.
(7:44:01 AM) bradass87: but once a single piece of information is found… then the databases can be sifted and sifted and sifted some more, for refinement, so other intelligence functions can get in the act
(7:44:09 AM) [email protected]: Fortunately, there are plenty of Colombians with my skin tone.
(7:44:20 AM) bradass87: >nod<
(7:45:52 AM) bradass87: im not all that paranoid about NSA / SIGINT services… you just have to be OPSEC savvy, and you’re all good
(7:46:27 AM) bradass87: and FISA actually does come in very handy
(7:46:46 AM) bradass87: though, its frequently overlooked
(7:47:36 AM) bradass87: i.e.: they’ll collect signal information, to refine other intel sources and try to collect evidence…
(7:47:57 AM) bradass87: erasing the signal data
(7:48:11 AM) bradass87: since its not legally “evidence”
(7:49:38 AM) bradass87: and yes, illegal wiretaps are used in coordination between NSA and FBI… though its not seen as illegal, because often the data is only used to give leads
(7:49:42 AM) bradass87: and not evidence
(7:50:49 AM) [email protected]: *nod*
(7:50:52 AM) bradass87: one of the reasons assange uses his rubberhose plausibly deniable whole-disk encryption setup
(7:51:46 AM) bradass87: i can see both sides of the whole illegal wiretap debate
(7:52:17 AM) bradass87: it IS awfully useful in catching bad people… but innocent privacy IS violated…
(7:52:37 AM) bradass87: but everyone does it now…