Wired said Manning told the former hacker, who had been profiled in the magazine, that he had stolen 260,000 classified American diplomatic cables from government computers and passed them on to Wikileaks.
“Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,” he wrote, according to Wired. Kevin Poulsen, a senior editor at Wired, said in an interview that in the chat log, Manning did not specify the dates or identify the subject of the diplomatic cables, except to say that they contained scandalous information.
“Manning clearly did have access to top-secret networks and information, and he had a great deal of detailed information about how he supposedly interacted” with Wikileaks, Poulsen said. “That doesn’t prove that he leaked anything. But he was very convincing in the details he did give.”