Private First Class Bradley E. Manning was arrested and charged with the unauthorized use and disclosure of U.S. diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. He has been held in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico since sometime in May 2010.

Manning/Wikileaks Timeline . Key Articles . Merged  Chat Logs



December 24:

December 23:

December 22:

December 19

  • David House visits Manning at Quantico brig

December 18

December 17

December 16

  • Glenn Greenwald writes that the government is using techniques accused of being torture on Bradley Manning to get him to flip on Julian  Assange
  • Charlie Savage of the New York Times uses Adrian Lamo as the sole source for an extremely dubious story on how Manning supposedly gave the cables to Wikileaks.  Contra what he told CNN on July 30, Lamo says he doesn’t have chat logs because his hard drive was “taken” by the FBI.

December 15

December 11

  • David House visits Manning at Quantico brig

November 9

October 22

October 14

  • Assange scheduled for interview in Sweden he does not attend.

Late September: Assange leaves Sweden.

August 21

August 20:

  • Ms A and Ms W go to the police; news of their accusations leaked to the press.
  • Assange leaves Ms A’s apartment.

August 16

  • Assange meets up with Ms W again, they have consensual sex followed, the next morning, by allegedly non-consensual sex.

August 14

  • Assange’s talk in Stockholm. He goes to a movie with Ms W.

August 13

  • Ms A returns to Stockholm earlier than planned. That night she and Assange have consensual sex, though the condom breaks.

August 11

  • Assange arrives in Stockholm, stays at Ms A’s apartment.

August 2

August 1

  • Lamo confirms Chet Uber’s initial version of events to Computerworld magazine, in which he says Lamo received classified documents from Manning, and called him about it in “early June.”
  • Lamo refuses to tell Wired whether he received classified documents from Manning or not.
  • Uber tells Wired he first spoke with Lamo one or two days before Lamo had his first face-to-face meeting with federal agents, which was on May 25.”

July 30

  • Lamo tells CNN’s Ashley Fanz that he knew of one person in the military who had helped Bradley Manning but wouldn’t elaborate.  Says he no longer has chat transcripts because he “gave” his hard drive to the FBI.

July 25

  • Wikileaks publishes Afghan War diaries.

July 6

  • US military announces it is pressing criminal charges against Manning for allegedly transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system.

June 28

  • Lamo issues statement hoping that Manning gets a plea deal and accusing Assange of exposing his role in the Manning arrest.

June 19

June 18

  • Poulsen tells Glenn Greenwald that he published all of the chats that Lamo gave him, with the exception of “Manning discussing personal matters that aren’t clearly related to his arrest, or apparently sensitive government information that I’m not throwing up without vetting first.”
  • Greenwald compares Wired’s published chats with the Washington Post’s, and finds there are things that are neither “personal matters” nor “sensitive government information,” which Wired nonetheless withheld.

June 17

  • Glenn Greenwald interviews Lamo, who says he informed Manning he was an ordained minister who would treat Manning’s conversations as a confession, which would compel Lamo by law to keep them confidential

June 14

June 13

  • Comment appears in Xeni Jardin Boing Boing article, alleging that Poulsen and Lamo “worked their target, Bradley Manning, for days — in co-operation with the FBI and US Army CID,”  classic “COINTELPRO tactics.”
  • “The only reason to even think that PFC Manning was ‘risking lives’ is the unconfirmed innuendo made public by Adrian Lamo who has every reason in the world to justify the breach of trust he committed by willfully initiating a clandestine interrogation of PFC Manning,” says the comment.

June 11

  • Wikileaks commissions lawyers to defend Manning
  • Assange allegedly sends and email to Lamo requesting copies of the chats to aide in Manning’s defense.  Lamo refuses, telling Poulsen that Manning’s attorney “can get them by discovery like everyone else.”

June 10

June 9

  • Lamo informs John Cook of Yahoo News he told Manning he was a journalist and offered to speak to him as a reporter, which would grant him protection under the shield law, and that Manning refused
  • Yahoo asks Lamo to provide that portion of their chats; Lamo says he will have to check with his lawyer

June 7

  • Julian Assange, on Twitter, casts doubt on the credibility of the Wired article: “Adrian Lamo & Kevin Poulson are notorious felons, informers & manipulators. Journalists should take care.”
  • Lamo tweets: “I was not acting as a journalist.”
  • Lamo issues a press release, saying he will respond by June 8 to “allegations that he was instrumental in the arrest of PFC Manning”
  • Washington Post denies they sat on Wikileaks video, but David Finkel evasively says he “was on book leave” from the paper when the Manning transcripts allege he acquired it

June 6

  • Poulsen and Kim Zetter of Wired Magazine report the arrest of Manning
  • They also report that a friend of Manning’s, Tyler Watkins, says Manning told him he had gotten his hands on sensitive information and was considering leaking it

June 1

May 29

May 27

  • Poulsen meets with Lamo in Sacramento for several hours.  Alleges Lamo tells him for the first time the details of his chats with Manning, and he learns Manning’s name.
  • Poulsen says he leaves Lamo at 3pm with the chats on a thumbnail drive
  • At 4pm, Lamo says he met with FBI for the second time and FBI told him Manning was arrested the previous day in Iraq
  • Manning’s Charging Documents, however, say Manning’s alleged activities continued until “on or about 27 May 2010.

May 26

  • Poulsen asks Lamo for the chat logs
  • Lamo agrees to provide them if Poulsen will drive to Sacramento and pick them up, provided he embargoes them until Lamo grants permission
  • Former Army counterintelligence agent Timothy Webster says Lamo called him to ask a hypothetical question about Manning, and that this was the first contact Lamo had in reporting Manning. Lamo confirms this account to AP.
  • Manning is arrested in Iraq, per Lamo and Wired.
  • Lamo later tells CNET, “I and the FBI wanted to continue feeding him disinformation,” but the criminal investigation unit of the Army had other plans.

May 25

  • Lamo tells Wired he met with FBI for the first time, at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California.
  • Chet Uber says Lamo called him during the meeting, and then took agents back to his house to show them the classified documents.
  • Lamo says he called Poulsen after the meeting and told him the details of what happened.

May 24

May 23 or 24

  • “Security pro” Chet Uber gets a phone call from Lamo, who says he has “received classified documents from a U.S. Army intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning and wanted advice about what to do.”
  • Uber puts him in touch with the former DOJ head of computer crimes, Mark Rasch. Uber suggests Lamo told him him about having received emails–but when Uber refers Lamo to Rasch, he describes ongoing AIM chats.

May 23

  • Lamo begins “cooperating with federal agents,” he tells AOL, after he “passed on what he knew to his ex, who happened to work for Army counterintelligence.”

May 21

  • First chats begin between Lamo and Manning, according to Wired.
  • Lamo tells Greenwald he lost the PGP key and never decripted emails from Manning, but sent him an invitation to chat over AIM anyway and the two began their alleged exchanges

May 20

May 12

  • Adrian Lamo photographed at his parent’s house for use in upcoming Wired story by Kevin Poulsen

May 7

  • Adrian Lamo discharged from mental hospital


  • Manning demoted after an assault according to Army spokesman, who says Manning was not facing early discharge.  This contradicts what Manning ostensibly said to Lamo in chat logs

April 28

  • Adrian Lamo’s backpack with his antidepressants is stolen.  He calls the police, who have him involuntarily committed to a mental facility under state law allowing “the temporary forced hospitalization of those judged dangerous or unable to care for themselves.”

April 10

  • Wikileaks publishes Collateral Murder, video of helicopter killing Reuters journalists, which Manning purportedly discusses in chats with Lamo.

March 25

  • Assange tweets about being tailed in Iceland.

March 22

  • Wikileaks volunteer detained and questioned about Assange.

March 18

  • Two people carrying diplomatic passports follow Assange from Iceland to Norway.

March 15

  • Wikileaks publishes March 18, 2008 NGIC document analyzing the threat Wikileaks posed to the Army.

February 18

  • Wilikeaks publishes Rejkjavik cable dated January 13, 2010. According to Manning, after the leak, he tracked the Northern Europe Diplomatic Security Team tailing Assange in Sweden.


  • Manning gave Wikileaks the video of the 2007 Army helicoper attack on Iraqi insurgents, according to Adrian Lamo in the Washington Post


  • U.S. Army Counterintelligence Center prepares a classified report placing WikiLeaks on “the list of the enemies threatening the security of the United States.”  That Report discussed ways to destroy WikiLeaks’ reputation and efficacy, and emphasized creating the impression that leaking to it is unsafe.


Acknowledgment due to AdrianLamoLogs and Cryptome timelines for their fine documentation work