An ethics question, perhaps? Or just a topic to see our varying opinions, when it comes to a hacker who makes his way into public light, for whatever reason.
If you need some background. Adrian Lamo is a pretty talented guy, with some well documented big hacks to his credit. On the other hand, he's been caught. Now he is making a splash for his role in the Wikileaks, collateral murder, Bradley Manning headlines.
Without going into detail myself, you can read this article. http://theweek.com/article/index/204061/wikileaks-who-is-hacker-hero-adrian-lamo
My personal opinion, when news articles start referring to someone as a 'famous hacker', that's the point at which you are no longer a hacker. As for what he did in the Manning case... my jury is still out, trying to get a real grasp of ulterior motive.. my guess is more notoriety.