December 8, 2010 |
A worldwide dispute over WikiLeaks' release of classified information raged online Wednesday like a tale from a comic book: The Jester battled a hacker network calling itself Anonymous that claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of several major corporations. Anonymous took credit for disabling the main websites for MasterCard and Visa, among several attacks launched against companies that in recent days announced they would no longer handle donations to WikiLeaks. Cyber attacks also were reported against an attorney representing two Swedish women who have accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault, as well as on PostFinance, the financial arm of the Swiss postal system that closed Assange's account after accusing him of providing false information.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The father of Edward Snowden, the computer expert who exposed secret U.S. surveillance programs, revealed Friday that he was trying to broker a compromise with the U.S. government that could bring his son back to the United States. In a letter to the Justice Department, Lonnie Snowden said through his attorney that his son wanted "ironclad assurances" he would not be held in jail before trial or subjected to a gag order, and would be allowed to choose where he would be tried on federal espionage charges.
March 11, 2011 |
WASHINGTON -- Public criticism by U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley about the treatment of an Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks, has given rise to speculation about a rift between the State Department and the Pentagon over the handling of the prisoner. Crowley told a forum in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday that Manning's treatment at the hands of the Defense Department "is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid. " The remarks were first reported by BBC News.
September 6, 2013 |
TORONTO -- It's fitting that the Toronto International Film Festival opened its 2013 edition Thursday night with the Wikileaks drama "The Fifth Estate. " That's true because the Bill Condon movie about Julian Assange is an elaborate Hollywood production with a layer of seriousness -- "interested in what makes people tick," as TIFF's Cameron Bailey described its director before the screening -- and Toronto tends to like elaborate Hollywood productions with a layer of seriousness. But it's also true because the moviegoing season that Toronto unofficially kicks off is going to be filled with movies like this -- based on complicated real-life personalities, and trying, with admittedly varying degrees of success, to tell us as much about ourselves as about them.
September 6, 2013 |
“The Fifth Estate” is Bill Condon's new movie about celebrity and journalism in the Internet age, and it isn't about Miley Cyrus' blog posts. Instead, the subjects of the director's cameras are Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, a fictional companion piece to Alex Gibney's documentary “We Steal Secrets.” Critics were less than overwhelmed by the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, which “The Fifth Estate” opened Thursday night. WATCH: Toronto International Film Festival 2013 trailers While reviewers found plenty to like in the movie, including star Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Assange, they felt that the plot (the script is by “West Wing” veteran Josh Singer)
August 16, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - More than three years after he was placed in handcuffs in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is likely to learn next week how much longer he must spend in prison for the largest breach of U.S. classified material in the nation's history. The 25-year-old soldier, who apologized that he “hurt” the United States, could be told as early as Tuesday whether he will face the maximum sentence of 90 years in prison and not be eligible for parole or clemency until he is in his 50s. In court here Friday, the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, issued a “Special Findings” report explaining why she convicted him last month of most of the charges against him, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act. “Pfc.
November 22, 2011 |
Lawyers for imprisoned U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning plan to call up to 50 witnesses at a pretrial military hearing next month that is expected to air much of the government's evidence for charges that Manning illegally provided hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. The preliminary hearing, scheduled to begin Dec. 16 at Fort Meade, Md., will mark Manning's first appearance in a courtroom since he was arrested in Iraq in May 2010. The hearing could last up to five days.
June 11, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Hong Kong authorities are not likely to take action against their most famous fugitive, Edward Snowden, unless the United States issues a warrant for his arrest, a former legislator said. "The Hong Kong government will do nothing until the U.S. government takes steps to have him brought back," Martin Lee, a democracy activist and one of the best-known lawyers in Hong Kong, said Tuesday. Lee said at the moment there is nothing preventing the 29-year-old former defense contractor from leaving.
June 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW--Edward Snowden is still in the transit zone of Moscow's international airport, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Tuesday while strongly implying that Russia would not comply with U.S. requests to return him. “As a transit passenger he is still in the transit hall [of the airport]," Putin said at a news conference in neighboring Finland, where he was on an official visit. "Our special services have never worked with Mr. Snowden and they are not working [with him] today.
June 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- The upper house of Russia's parliament decided Wednesday to create a special group to investigate whether the United States is violating the human rights of leaker Edward Snowden by pursuing him on espionage charges. The former contract worker for the National Security Agency is believed to be in the transit section of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he arrived Sunday on a flight from Hong Kong. He is being sought by U.S. officials under a felony warrant for revealing details of the NSA's widespread tracking of telephone communications.