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.
August 1, 2013 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - A career U.S. diplomat testified Thursday that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's unauthorized release of classified material horrified the State Department and jeopardized relationships with U.S. allies overseas. Elizabeth Dibble, principal deputy U.S. assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs who next week becomes deputy chief of mission in London, testified about the damage she says was inflicted when Manning gave the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks more than 700,000 diplomatic cables, combat reports and other highly classified documents in 2010.
August 1, 2013 |
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.
July 29, 2013 |
The judge presiding over the military court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has reached a verdict and will announce her decision Tuesday into whether he violated the Espionage Act and aided foreign terror groups by providing more than 700,000 classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization known as WikiLeaks. Army Col. Denise Lind, who began deliberating Friday after nearly two months of testimony and evidence in the court martial against the 25-year-old soldier, made the announcement on Monday morning.
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.
July 17, 2013 |
The new trailer for DreamWorks' "The Fifth Estate" takes us to the heart of the WikiLeaks debate. When Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) leaked a video of a U.S. military helicopter firing on unarmed civilians in Baghdad, was he arming the world with information we deserved to know, or was he threatening American security? And what about the subsequent leaks, including more than 90,000 military documents about the war in Afghanistan? Was that information the world really needed to know?
July 17, 2013 |
We've seen the Julian Assange documentary. Now it's time for the WikiLeaks drama. The trailer for director Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," Dreamworks Studios' fictonalized telling of the story of WikiLeaks founder Assange, debuted Wednesday, ahead of the film's Oct. 11 premiere. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The film, adapted from the book by and told from the point of view of Assange's friend Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), follows the journey of Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch)
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July 3, 2013 |
I used to be intrigued by Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who did the country a favor by revealing proof of the government's intrusive domestic spying program. Now, I am starting to feel a little sorry for the guy, a fugitive who has become a kind of worldwide reject, as his quest for political asylum has begun to look like the geopolitical equivalent of “Let's Make a Deal.” He's asked 21 countries so far to accept him. So far, no one has said “Come on down!” In a statement posted on the WikiLeaks site this week, Snowden angrily denounced the U.S. for annulling his passport.
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.