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From Russia With Love: Snowden Gets Asylum | The National Interest Blog

With its decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum, Russia is once again demonstrating its independence from America and handing a big victory to WikiLeaks. The Obama administration has gone into overdrive to attempt to capture Snowden, promising Moscow that Snowden would neither be tortured nor subjected to the death penalty if he is returned. But in the wake of ...

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Protect Whistleblowers | By John Scales Avery, CounterCurrents.org

The world urgently needs a system of international laws for protecting whistleblowers. There are many reasons for this, but among the most urgent is the need for saving civilization and the biosphere from the threat of a catastrophic nuclear war. It is generally recognized that a war fought with nuclear weapons would be a humanitarian and environmental disaster, affecting neutral ...

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Bradley Manning verdict: cleared of ‘aiding the enemy’ but guilty of other charges | The Guardian

Bradley Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of 136 years in military jail after he was convicted on Tuesday of most charges on which he stood trial. Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the court martial of the US soldier, delivered her verdict in curt and pointed language. ...

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The Meaning of the Manning Verdict | CounterPunch

Acquitted of “Aiding the Enemy,” found guilty of several other counts under Espionage Act Although Manning was not convicted of the harsher “aiding the enemy” charge, which would have introduced a death-eligible charge into the government’s anti-whistleblower toolbox, he was convicted of several other lesser counts. He probably will not receive a life sentence, but still faces potentially decades or ...

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European Parliamentarians call on President Obama to free Bradley Manning | War Is A Crime.org

As Members of the European Parliament, who were elected to represent our constituents throughout Europe, we are writing to express our concerns about the ongoing persecution of Bradley Manning, the young U.S. soldier who released classified information revealing evidence of human rights abuses and apparent war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Army has charged Private First Class Manning ...

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US judge rules that Espionage Act does not require proof of any harm done | RT USA

In another potential setback for whistleblowers, a US judge has made a ruling that essentially lowers the requirements for government prosecutors to prove damage to national security committed by alleged leakers. The case concerns Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who in 2010 was indicted on two counts of disclosing national defense secrets to Fox News reporter James Rosen the year prior. Kim’s ...

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Another Peace Prize For Bradley Manning | PopularResistance.org

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2013 Peace Prize is Bradley Manning for conspicuous bravery, at the risk of his own freedom, above and beyond the call of duty.  The award was presented during arally July 26 at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC.  Michael Knox presented the plaque to Emma Cape, Bradley Manning ...

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Defense calls Manning whistleblower, not a traitor, in closing arguments | RT USA

As the trial of Army Private Bradley Manning nears to an end, attorneys for the WikiLeaks source made closing remarks on Friday meant to counter the prosecution’s claim that the soldier intentionally aided America’s adversaries. Judge Col. Denise Lind is expected to present her verdict in the coming week and will be the sole party responsible for convicting and sentencing ...

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