Adrian Lamo first rose to notoriety in the early-2000s by hacking into systems at The New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo
In the post Adrian’s father Mario Lamo wrote: “With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.”
The coroner for Sedgwick County, where Lamo lived, confirmed his death, but provided no further details, according to a report by ZDNet.
Adrian Lamo became a controversial figure in the hacker community after he tipped off authorities after about Chelsea Manning providing the controversial combat video that became ‘Collateral Murder’ and 260,000 classified diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
The pair had been exchanging messages online after Chelsea read about Adrian’s hacking in a profile in Wired magazine – he had previously been behind several high profile security breaches, including breaking into the New York Times in 2002.
Adrian defended his decision to turn Chelsea over to the FBI in an interview with the Guardian in 2013: “There were no right choices that day, only less wrong ones. It was cold, it was needful, and it was no one’s to make except mine.
“I couldn’t just not do anything, knowing lives were in danger, it’s classified information, and when you play Russian roulette, how do you know there’s not a bullet in the next chamber?
“Making the choice to interdict a man’s freedom knowing it could mean his life, is something that’s easy to judge but can only really be understood by living it.”
He made the decision to inform US military intelligence and the FBI of Chelsea Manning’s leak.