Government Cables Uploaded To WikiLeaks Was Stolen Through A Burned Lady Gaga CD

Posted Nov 30, 2010

How did an American soldier walk around with classified documents in his pocket without getting caught? The answer is a Lady Gaga CD. Twenty two year old soldier Bradley Manning copied over 200,000 documents from the defense department on the Siprnet network. Manning was working at an army base near Baghdad when he would come in with a CD-RW with label such as “Lady Gaga.” He then erased the music and then wrote a compressed split file. “[I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history,” said Manning in an interview with The Guardian.

Manning said that “information should be free.” He was caught when he IMed another hacker named Adrian Lamo and boasted about what he had done. Lamo reported Manning to the authorities and now Manning is being detained. Manning also recorded a video of an Apache helicopter shooting at civilians in Baghdad. Earlier in 2011, Manning will face a court martial.

[Guardian UK]