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June 1, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has already confessed to mishandling classified information for sending hundreds of thousands of U.S. intelligence documents to the WikiLeaks website, including reports of airstrikes that killed civilians, assessments of terrorism suspect captives, and diplomatic cables. On those charges alone, he could spend 20 years in prison. But on Monday, the 25-year-old Army computer whiz who lost his faith in the government over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will go on trial on charges of aiding the enemy and putting American lives at risk, and for that he is facing a possible life sentence.
May 23, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" may be a documentary, but director Alex Gibney gives the film the feel of a propulsive espionage techno-thriller played out in the real world. The movie is in some sense two films in one. It's partly a study of the well-known Julian Assange, who captured the world's attention when his WikiLeaks website made volumes of sensitive U.S. government material available online, sparking a firestorm of controversy over secrecy and freedom of information in the digital age. But viewers may be less familiar with Bradley Manning, the low-level Army intelligence analyst who provided Assange with his most daring cache of documents and is soon to begin a court-martial stemming from those activities.
May 18, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
When director Alex Gibney began work on his documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," he thought he would be telling the story of a charismatic, silver-haired free speech advocate named Julian Assange, who had exposed dark corners of powerful governments and corporations using little more than his laptop. Instead, as he began to investigate, Gibney found himself crafting a digital age Icarus tale, in which the WikiLeaks founder's idealism and ambition were metastasizing into hubris, and his organization's greatest achievements rested on the shoulders of a lonely young Army private named Bradley Manning.
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...
February 7, 2013 | Ed Stockly
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January 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
It seems a movie script about WikiLeaks has been leaked to the founder of the site himself. In a speech posted to the Web on Friday, Julian Assange said he had obtained the script for “The Fifth Estate,” an upcoming DreamWorks film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Bruhl as former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The film, which set to be released in the U.S. on Nov. 15 through Disney's Touchstone label, began principal photography last week in Iceland and is filming this week in Berlin.
January 23, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Studios has begun filming the “The Fifth Estate,” a movie about the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. The film, which will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 15 through Disney's Touchstone label, began principal photography last week in Iceland and is filming this week in Berlin. The film also will shoot in Belgium, where it will receive a tax credit. Directed by Bill Condon, "The Fifth Estate" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and David Thewlis.
September 18, 2012 | Henry Chu
One of America's most wanted men, here in Britain anyway, is a slightly awkward computer geek who still drops by his mom's house on weekends to enjoy a home-cooked meal, the kind he doesn't get sharing an apartment with other college students. But Richard O'Dwyer will be eating prison grub soon if authorities in Washington have their way. O'Dwyer, 24, is due to be shipped across the Atlantic to face criminal charges in a country he's never set foot in. His offense: creating a website that featured links to pirated movies and TV shows.
August 28, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
The anchorman wears "Bite Me" T-shirts instead of a suit and tie, has traded the traditional anchor's desk for a red couch decorated with "Angry Birds" dolls, and delivers hyper-caffeinated headlines like a wacky Walter Winchell for the Web. He's YouTube's Philip DeFranco. His humorous, opinionated 10-minute news roundup attracts as many as 3 million views per episode - at its best, surpassing the average viewership of such recognizable programs as CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," HLN's "Nancy Grace," MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" and even Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
August 19, 2012
Re "Assange gets political asylum from Ecuador," Aug. 17 In 1998, the British government faced a Spanish court's request to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for the assassination, torture and exile of thousands of people. Pinochet was not extradited. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's treatment byBritain's current conservative government offers a sharp contrast with Pinochet's case. Assange never assassinated or tortured anyone, yet he is facing potentially harsher punishment than Pinochet ever would have.
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