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August 1, 2013 | By 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.
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.
July 29, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
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 | By Richard A. Serrano
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 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
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 | By Dana Ferguson
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)
July 3, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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 | By Richard A. Serrano
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.
June 26, 2013
Re "Snowden hopscotches globe, staying just out of U.S. reach," June 24 Sounds like a kid's show: Where is Edward Snowden? At this point it doesn't really matter. Snowden has sensitive, classified information that he has probably been taking with him on a Cold War tour. His first haven, Hong Kong, is in China, and then there is Russia, with Cuba next on the list. Snowden could do real damage, as the U.S. is engaged in a technology war with its adversaries. Regardless of what the U.S. may or may not have done wrong, Snowden has set back the U.S. security apparatus.
June 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Richard A. Serrano
MOSCOW - Edward Snowden's request for political asylum in Ecuador could take up to two months to approve, the country's foreign minister said Wednesday, and he suggested that the U.S. fugitive could end his airport-layover limbo by seeking sanctuary inside the Ecuadorean Embassy here. Snowden has not been officially admitted to Russia and remains in the Sheremetyevo airport's "transit zone. " Russian President Vladimir Putin has encouraged him to hurry up and leave. Snowden might be able to make it to the South American nation's embassy - about a 20-minute ride at night when traffic thins out - under the diplomatic protection of the ambassador's car. "If he goes to the embassy, we will make a decision," said Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's foreign minister.
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