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.
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.
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.
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.
June 7, 2013 |
Leftie publisher O/R Books is covering the Bradley Manning trial for a book slated to appear in October, " The United States vs. PFC Bradley Manning: A Graphic Account From Inside the Courtroom . " The chronicler is Clark Stoeckley -- he's a WikiLeaks supporter, not an impartial observer, and his courtroom artist-style drawings have an undertone of sympathy for Manning. Manning's court-martial began Monday in Fort Meade, Md. Three years ago, Manning was arrested on suspicion of leaking more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department cables when he was a 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst.
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 30, 2011 |
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.
February 26, 2013 |
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...
July 25, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Bradley Manning purposely joined the Army and deployed to Iraq to use his extensive computer skills to gain access to a trove of protected secrets that he knew would assist terror organizations in their efforts to attack the United States, the chief prosecutor in Manning's military court martial said Thursday. “WikiLeaks was merely the platform that Pfc. Manning used to make sure all the information was available to the world, including the enemies of the United States,” said Maj. Ashden Fein in closing arguments at the end of Manning's trial here.