Of particular note is the previously omitted portion of the chat log by Wired writer Kevin Poulsen:
(10:23:34 AM) firstname.lastname@example.org: I’m a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection.
Greenwald points out how Poulsen had previously justified the redactions:
KP (Keving Poulsen): He did, but I don’t think we’ll be publishing more any time soon. The remainder is either Manning discussing personal matters that aren’t clearly related to his arrest, or apparently sensitive government information that I’m not throwing up without vetting first.
Lamo’s purported manipulation of Manning is neither personal or sensitive – meaning that Poulsen was in bed with Lamo — pun intended (although only one of them is officially out of the closet). Poulsen purposely redacted information that would call into question Lamo’s character and the nature of the purported chat discussion between Lamo and Manning.
Check out Greenwald’s full analysis at Salon.com