Hacker Who Turned in Bradley/Chelsea Manning to FBI, Hacked Microsoft Found Dead in his Apartment at 37

Adrian Lamo, center, walks out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 20, 2011, after testifying at a military hearing against Army Pfc. Bradley, later Chelsea, Manning. (File photo: Associated Press)
Adrian Lamo, center, walks out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 20, 2011, after testifying at a military hearing against Army Pfc. Bradley, later Chelsea, Manning. (File photo: Associated Press)

Authorities in Kansas have confirmed the death of the computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to law enforcement for giving thousands of documents to WikiLeaks.

Adrian Lamo, 37, was found dead in an apartment on Wednesday, Wichita police officer Charley Davidson said.

“There’s nothing suspicious about his death,” Davidson said, though he would not elaborate.

The Regional Forensic Science Center has not released a cause of death yet, though toxicology tests typically take several weeks to complete.

Lamo had lived in Wichita for more than a year, said Lorraine Murphy, who called herself his friend and colleague. She did not know what brought him to Kansas.

When she sent him a message in December 2016 asking him what he was up to, he replied “homeless in Wichita.”

“Adrian was always homeless or on the verge of it,” Murphy said via Facebook messages. “He bounced around a great deal, for no particular reason.

“He was a believer in the Geographic Cure. Whatever goes wrong in your life, moving will make it better. And he knew people all over the country.”

Lamo had many fans – and many people who hated him – for his exploits as a hacker. Lamo regularly received death threats, Murphy said.

There is no indication foul play is involved in Lamo’s death, Davidson said.

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SOURCE: STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle