Today, Wired writer Kevin Poulsen brought to light a collection of documents that the Army posted to its FOIA reading room just before Thanksgiving last week, which included 13 pages of unclassified chat logs from 2010 between former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

After handing over a massive trove of diplomatic cables and other videos to Wikileaks, Manning was convicted in July 2013 of espionage, theft, and computer fraud, although she was acquitted of the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy.” The chat log was recovered from Manning’s computer by an Army forensics expert after her arrest, and some of the log’s contents were used by the government in its prosecution of Manning.

The conversation ranges widely from pleasantries to highly sensitive leak information, discussions of the political climate, and the occasional conspiracy theory. (In one chat, Manning, who went by “dawgnetwork,” told “pressassociation,” which the Army says was Julian Assange, “i told you before, government/organizations cant control information…

The harder they try, the more violently the information wants to get out.”) In all, it’s an interesting look into the relationship between the source and the leaker in the days before they released the infamous “Collateral Murder” video, which showed a 2007 military attack that killed civilians in Baghdad, Iraq.     

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