Did you read the link above? Wired's blog editor was friends with Lamo and did everything he could, including using charged language like "boasted" to make Manning look bad.
In reality, Manning only revealed what he did to Lamo AFTER he was assured by Lamo that he is both a minister and a journalist and anything told to him would have to be kept under the strictest confidence, by law.
That Wired's blog refused to post the excerpt of the chat log where Lamo made these claims makes it look even worse on Wired's part.
(12:54:47 PM) Adrian: What sort of content?
(12:56:36 PM) Adrian: brb cigarette
(12:56:43 PM) Adrian: keep typing <3
(12:59:41 PM) bradass87: uhm... crazy, almost criminal political
backdealings... the non-PR-versions of world events and crises... uhm...
all kinds of stuff like everything from the buildup to the Iraq War during
Powell, to what the actual content of "aid packages" is: for instance, PR
that the US is sending aid to pakistan includes funding for
water/food/clothing... that much is true, it includes that, but the other
85% of it is for F-16 fighters and munitions to aid in the Afghanistan
effort, so the US can call in Pakistanis to do aerial bombing instead of
americans potentially killing civilians and creating a PR crisis
(1:00:57 PM) bradass87: theres so much... it affects everybody on earth...
everywhere there's a US post... there's a diplomatic scandal that will be
revealed... Iceland, the Vatican, Spain, Brazil, Madascar, if its a
country, and its recognized by the US as a country, its got dirt on it
(1:01:27 PM) bradass87: i need one myself
(1:10:38 PM) bradass87: its open diplomacy... world-wide anarchy in CSV
format... its Climategate with a global scope, and breathtaking depth...
its beautiful, and horrifying...
(1:10:38 PM) Adrian : I have more messages than resources
allocatable to action them. Please be very patient.
(1:11:54 PM) bradass87: and... its important that it gets out... i feel,
for some bizarre reason
(1:12:02 PM) bradass87: it might actually change something
(1:13:10 PM) bradass87: i just... dont wish to be a part of it... at least
not now... im not ready... i wouldn't mind going to prison for the rest of
my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn't for the possibility of
having pictures of me... plastered all over the world press..
I was looking to get people's thoughts on Lamo's assurances to Manning that he was an ordained minister and thus would be compelled to keep anything Manning shared with him under the strictest confidence. And his further assurances to Manning that he was a journalist and is offering him confidentiality for everything they discussed under California's shield law.
More damningly, I am looking to get people's thoughts on Wired.com's refusal to publish the part of the chatlogs where Lamos made these assurances.
**** like this happens frequently...
i had an interpreter read it for me… and when i found out that it was a benign political critique titled "Where did the money go?" and following the corruption trail within the PM’s cabinet… i immediately took that information and *ran* to the officer to explain what was going on… he didn’t want to hear any of it… he told me to shut up and explain how we could assist the FPs in finding *MORE* detainees…
There was a similar incident of iraqis being dragged to Guantanamo and being detained for six years because of a piece of satire that was critical of the iraqi governnment.