Those leaks, Manning's admission and Lamo are creeping back into public consciousness because they are now at the heart of the U.S. government's attempt to bring Assange to justice. As it seeks Assange's extradition, the U.S. government alleges Assange did more than just accept a trove of classified material from Manning. It claims he not only encouraged her to provide more secret information but also attempted to help her crack a Defense Department password so she could leak more.
The whole Manning affair had forced the community to address fundamental questions. What did ethical hacking really mean If you cracked into someone's server but didn't do any damage, was that OK And if someone tells you they hacked into a machine and leaked classified information, were you obliged to say something The majority of the community wanted hacking to remain a force for good, but they weren't entirely sure how to make that happen. 153554b96e