Hacker Adrian Lamo Scorned, Threatened For Reporting Army Private Leaking To Wikileaks

08/14/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stanton Sacramento Bee

But Lamo is the most famous computer hacker in the world at the moment, the subject of national security debates and international controversy -- and a target of scorn in the hacker community that once celebrated him.

He has re-emerged in the spotlight following his decision last month to tell federal agents he had reason to believe an Army private in Iraq was leaking classified information. He said the information was going to WikiLeaks.org, a website based in Sweden that publishes information about governments and corporations submitted by anonymous individuals.

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