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Bradley Manning IM Transcripts

Bradley Manning IM Transcripts

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07/31/2013

 
Conversations between Zachary Antolak aka Zinnia Jonesand Bradley Manning over AIM. Manning uses the handle:Bradass87. Some names and identifying characteristicshave been redacted.
Conversation with bradass87 at 2/21/2009 7:27:49 PM onZJemptv (aim)
(7:27:49 PM) bradass87: hi(7:27:55 PM) ZJ: Hi(7:28:20 PM) bradass87: you dont know my, i apologize,i got this from your youtube channel(7:28:22 PM) bradass87: *me(7:28:31 PM) ZJ: No problem, there's a reason I put iton there :P(7:29:37 PM) bradass87: i did a search on info theory,books, videos, etc... bought books on it, watched someof your videos... then i saw your more personal stuffand figured you were on the same page(7:29:40 PM) bradass87: *as me(7:29:58 PM) ZJ: Cool(7:30:10 PM) bradass87: oh, my name is brad manning,btw(7:30:23 PM) ZJ: I'm Zach Antolak, nice to meet you(7:30:34 PM) bradass87: :formal handshake:(7:30:39 PM) bradass87: =P(7:32:01 PM) bradass87: im 21, male, and i dont reallyknow where im from xD... but my stuff is in potomac,maryland... outside DC... and i live and work at fortdrum in upstate ny(7:32:28 PM) ZJ: I'm from the south suburbs of chicago,pretty much generic suburbia around here(7:34:07 PM) bradass87: yessh, i spent some time outthere in chi-town... i was there in '06... lived in apickup truck, sleeping in the ohare parking lot,commuting downtown during the day... LONG story(7:34:21 PM) ZJ: that sure sounds fun :P(7:35:28 PM) bradass87: surprisingly it was, i actuallyhad got a job at the guitar center on n halsted by ahome depot(7:36:01 PM) bradass87: my father kicked me out of hishouse in Oklahoma City in early 06
 
(7:36:12 PM) ZJ: I think I've been to that guitarcenter(7:38:19 PM) bradass87: i guess ill tell you the basiclife story since im at it already... i was born inoklahoma, lived in the small town of crescent,disproportionately evangelical town... i was thescience and computer nerd through school... not themost friendly of places, but i did my best(7:38:59 PM) ZJ: Yeah, I've heard Oklahoma isn't themost intellectually welcoming place(7:40:39 PM) bradass87: my father is from chicago, mymother is from britain... they divorced in 2000, mymother gained custody, and then i moved with her tosouthwest wales, where i finished school... however,she became ill and dependant on alcohol, and i hadntreally assimiliated into british life, so at 17 y/o indesperation i called my father and i went back tooklahoma to live, his new wife didnt exactly like me,so she forced him to kick me out(7:41:27 PM) ZJ: That's awful... I have a few step-parents and ex-step-parents floating around, and theyreally suck(7:41:43 PM) bradass87: i lived in tulsa for a littlebit, then chicago, then i settled with my aunt anduncle in potomac maryland(7:42:51 PM) bradass87: i worked at starbucks, andabercrombie and fitch... as fun as those jobs were theywerent really getting me anywhere... i wanted to go tocollege, but i didnt have any family ties to push it(7:44:13 PM) bradass87: i started looking for aninternship, i had a programming and design one atzoto.com (even today's design elements are mostly mywork)(7:44:58 PM) bradass87: seeing as it was DC, i gave theintel field a shot... got few bites, however(7:45:51 PM) bradass87: somehow one of my resumes endedup in an army recruiters' hands... and came knocking atmy door(7:46:40 PM) bradass87: and now after basic trainingand intel school training, i find myself at Fort Drumas an intelligence analyst for 2BCT, 10th MountainDivision(7:46:53 PM) ZJ: Awesome
 
(7:47:26 PM) bradass87: its so-so... the army worlddrives me nuts(7:48:20 PM) bradass87: i do computations andanalytical work, as well as preparing weekly intelbriefings for the commander(7:49:32 PM) bradass87: uhhm... im politically active,even more so after enlisting... living under Don't AskDon't Tell will certainly do that(7:49:53 PM) ZJ: Yeah, I can't say I'd ever enlist, forthat reason in particular(7:50:27 PM) bradass87: yes, but seeing as it will getme through college, and i get a bit more of a story...maybe its worth it =L(7:50:54 PM) bradass87: anyway, sorry to bore ya withmy story =P(7:51:10 PM) ZJ: No problem... my life story isn'tnearly as interesting :P(7:52:01 PM) ZJ: I've lived around here my whole life,dropped out of high school when I was 14, now I makewebsites for people(7:52:56 PM) bradass87: ah, why did you drop out(7:53:58 PM) ZJ: High school was an intenselyunpleasant experience, everyone was at least 2 yearsolder than I was and they were difficult to relate to,nobody there seemed to be interested in actuallylearning anything, and by the time I was done withsophomore year my grades were so bad they put me insummer school(7:54:10 PM) ZJ: I didn't care to waste another twoyears there(7:54:34 PM) bradass87: ah, yes, being gifted in apublic education system sucks ass(7:54:50 PM) ZJ: So yeah, I just got my ged last year(7:56:06 PM) bradass87: i was lucky enough to gothrough the private british curriculm for secondaryeducation, so my experience was a little better...finished that up at 16, but then turmoil came onceagain(7:56:41 PM) ZJ: Sometimes I wonder how I would've donein a different system(7:59:54 PM) bradass87: well, in the system i was in,the pupils were seperated in classes by theirdetermined ability from the previous year... they

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