The Army specialist allegedly behind one of the most massive intelligence breaches in U.S. history likely did not act alone, according to the man the soldier approached to publicize the more than 90,000 reports of classified information.
"I do not believe Private Manning had the technical expertise necessary to communicate this amount of information to the outside world without being detected and I don't believe that he operated without guidance," computer hacker Adrian Lamo told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview today.
Lamo said he was contacted by someone calling themselves Bradass87 -- believed to be specialist Brad Manning -- last May who claimed to be an Army intelligence analyst with access to classified networks that showed "incredible things, awful things... that belong in the public domain."
Lamo turned the online conversations over to Pentagon investigators, but separately Manning apparently made the same pitch to Wikileaks.org founder Julian Assange. After weeks of combing through the reports, Wikileaks posted the documents online Sunday, sending shockwaves through the American and Afghanistan military and intelligence circles.
In an interview with ABC News, Assange would not confirm that Manning was the source of the extensive material and said, "we still don't know who the source is." If it was Manning, however, Assange said, "He's a hero."
Manning was arrested outside Baghdad on May 26 and is currently in a military prison. A White House official told ABC News no one else is being investigated for the document theft.
The "war logs" offer startling detail about everything from civilian casualties to enemy missile strikes. They also reveal detailed reports that Pakistan's military spy agency, ISI, is guiding the very insurgent network in Afghanistan that the Americans are trying to defeat, despite the billions of dollars the U.S. is giving the Pakistan in aid -- including an additional $500 million Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last week.
"What this does is it gets right down to the soldier level in many ways," New York Times reporter Eric Schmidt, who previewed the documents weeks before their publication, told "GMA" today. "These are raw intelligence reports being filed by commanders on the ground, intelligence analysts, as events are breaking whether they be firefights, drone attacks, secret commando operations. And what it does I think is it fills in a very detailed picture, more so than ever before, of some of the events that are going on on the ground."
According to the documents, witnesses report the Taliban has used heat-seeking missiles against aircraft, something American officials have never acknowledged. Secret commando raids -- like those made by the secretive Task Force 373 -- have been increased under the Obama administration, but despite successes, these leaks now reveal some "high value" targets have not been there when the U.S. was striking. Instead, children have been killed in some instances.