Friday, July 15, 2011

Hactivist Manning Questions His Gov't, Gender Identity

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    This article and the subsequent chat logs have been reproduced and attributed from/to and are not original content to this blog.  The chat logs included in this piece are surprising and alarming in their candor, and reveal a tortured Private Manning.
    He reveals his personal struggles with death, ridicule, rejection and isolation; along with his exploration into his own gender identity struggle.  It is a revealing and poignant look how the talent for survival is a detriment without the shared experience of others.
    I've only included my favorite parts here for quick review.

We're proud of you, Bradley.

   "A little more than a year ago, published excerpts from instant messenger chats between accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, the ex-hacker in whom he confided and who reported him to the authorities. It’s now time to reveal the previously unpublished portions of these conversations.
Notes on the logs: The chats between Manning and Lamo begin May 21, 2010. As received by, the logs contained time stamps but no dates, and were saved by Lamo in four unordered files (A fifth file recorded only an encryption handshaking error that was also logged in one of the other four). We’ve ordered the files ourselves based on the conversation flow and information from Lamo. Breaks between files are indicated by a horizontal rule. Portions of the logs previously published by are underlined.

(11:16:39 AM) bradass87: here’s an awkward pic… i look so short -_- 
(03:53:38 PM) bradass87: im way way way too easy to marginalize…

(03:55:52 PM) bradass87: i dont like this person that people see… no-one knows who i am inside

(04:26:02 PM) i know all about having a persona vs. a real person(01:37:51 AM) : I’m not here right now

(04:28:56 PM) bradass87: but, i hope i can live a less ambiguous life soon… as i transition
(06:16:21 PM) bradass87: i dont know if i can meet people who love me

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