Hacker Adrian Lamo was found dead in Kansas at the age of 37. He gained fame for turning Chelsea Manning in to the authorities.
Lamo was contacted by Chelsea, then Bradley Manning in 2010, according to The Guardian. She sought his help in her quest to release classified military documents. He eventually testified against her in court, leading to her conviction for releasing classified military documents via WikiLeaks.
“There’s nothing suspicious about his death,” said Wichita police officer Charley Davidson, though no further information or cause of death has been given, The Wichita Eagle reported.
The Guardian was not given any more information when staff contacted the coroner’s office about the cause of death.
Lamo was arrested in 2004 for hacking into The New York Times and Microsoft, according to the Eagle. He told a court that Manning contacted him because of his notoriety in the hacking community.
“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquittances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son…” wrote Lamo’s father, Mario Lamo, via Facebook.
“His was a kind and principled man. He stood alone in the face of extreme difficulties that few of us can imagine; all to do what he knew to be right,” wrote Tommy Chan, commenting on the post. “The world would solemnly find another of his unique combination of intellect & character.”
Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking the largest trove of government secrets in the history of the United States – over 700,000 documents – according to ABC News. His sentence was commuted by former President Obama. He ended up only serving seven years, according to Fox News.
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
According to an interview with ABC, some of the classified information Manning made public ended up in the hands of Saddam Hussein. Manning responded by saying that “It’s not black and white, it’s complicated.”
Tweets on her Twitter page advocate abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, defunding and disarming police departments, as well as tweets expressing anti-military and overall anti-U.S. sentiments.
they dont protect anyone's country anymore, we need to dismantle the bloated intel/police/military state before it destroys everyone ??? https://t.co/QNkFDP4Ugl
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017
Manning has also recently filed to run for the U.S. Senate in the state of Maryland, according to Fox News.