Many questions are now being raised on the activities and perhaps prior knowledge of Adrian Lamo and Kevin Lee Poulsen. Both are central figures in
the Bradley Manning alleged release of military and government cables that possibly supplied Wikileaks.
* Lamo and Poulsen are both convicted felons who were prosecuted by the FBI and have maintained contact with at least one former adversary.
* Lamo was involuntarily hospitalized for severe psychiatric distress three weeks before his chats with Manning.
* Poulsen was the initial recipient of the Lamo / Manning chat logs and the journalist who initially published the chat logs story.
* Rasch is the former chief of the DOJ's Computer Crimes Unit in the 1990s.
* Rasch is the General Counsel of "Project Vigilant," the vigilante group that claims to gather Internet communications and hand them over to the
* Rasch is the person who put Poulsen in prison for several years.
* Rasch is a regular contributor to Wired.
* Rasch is a long-time associate and source for Poulsen.
* Poulsen's first job when getting out of prison was with Security Focus, the same entity for which Rasch also regularly wrote.
* Although it was Poulsen who almost always and exclusively wrote about Lamo, Rasch filled in when Poulsen was unavailable.
* Rasch has been a long-time source for Poulsen going back to 1999 and 2001, including when Poulsen was writing about Lamo, and was also Poulsen's
source repeatedly for articles he wrote at Wired.
* Rasch has also been a regular source for Wired's Kim Zetter, who was Poulsen's co-author on the Manning articles (on November 29, an ABC News
story on Manning featured Rasch as an "expert" analyzing the accusations without any disclosure of the key role he played in Manning's arrest).
* While many convicted hackers had very rigid restrictions placed on them when leaving prison Poulsen not only quickly began writing online as a
journalist about the hacker world, but did so at the very same publication that also published articles by his prosecutor, Mark Rasch.
I have followed the history of Kevin Poulsen ranging from his LA phone phreaking days (able to command phone lines and win a Porsche via radio call in
show) to his work at SecurityFocus and now Wired. I do personally find it peculiar that for someone who was such a prolific hacker he was able to
re-enter the Internet security world albeit as a journalist.
More importantly here is the connection with Rasch. For this individual to be involved, considering this past with Poulsen, does seem to present some
strange coincidence. Lamo was an FBI informant to boot. In all this story has some very interesting angles given whats at stake.
Poulsen has stated he would comment on this article, should be some good reading.
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edit on 28-12-2010 by brill because: (no reason