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August 1, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Bradley Manning may be one of the most fascinating and controversial characters in contemporary American history, and Hollywood is taking notice. Manning, who is in the sentencing phase of a trial at Ft. Meade, Md., for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, is already an important figure in two movies out this year and at the center of another in development. On Tuesday, a military judge acquitted Manning of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy" but found him guilty of multiple other charges, for which he could face up to 136 years in prison.
March 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
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.
November 22, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
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 | By Barbara Demick
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 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
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.
September 6, 2013 | By John Horn
“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)
February 26, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. -- A military judge refused Tuesday to dismiss the charges against the Army private accused of treason for providing reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, saying numerous pretrial delays were necessary because of the “voluminous amount of classified information.” The ruling now clears the way for Pfc. Bradley Manning to appear in a military courtroom here Thursday and probably plead guilty to some of the lesser charges against...
August 1, 2013 | Richard A. Serrano
Ft. MEADE, Md. - A career U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's unauthorized release of classified material horrified officials at the State Department and jeopardized relationships with U.S. allies overseas, even as Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, complained that President Obama has “betrayed” his campaign pledge to protect whistle-blowers. Elizabeth Dibble, principal deputy U.S. assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, was called to testify about the damage to the State Department after Manning in 2010 gave the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks more than 700,000 diplomatic cables, combat reports and other highly classified data.
June 25, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
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.
August 30, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks in recent days has dramatically accelerated the pace at which it posts confidential State Department cables, exposing the names of people who spoke to American diplomats in confidence. The development has alarmed U.S. officials and human rights groups, who say it will endanger foreign nationals who helped the United States and make it less likely that others will do so in the future. "We are deeply concerned that WikiLeaks decided to make public the names of diplomatic sources who may face reprisals by oppressive governments," said Elisa Massimino, president of Human Rights First, an independent nonprofit organization.
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