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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.
July 2, 2013 |
MOSCOW - With his prospects for refuge narrowing, Edward Snowden withdrew an application for asylum in Russia, apparently deciding that he couldn't abide by President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he stop leaking U.S. secrets, a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday. "True, Snowden did voice a request to stay in Russia," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "At the same time, having found out yesterday about Russia's position outlined by President Putin … he rejected his intention and his request to get a chance to stay in Russia.
July 2, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden has withdrawn an application for asylum in Russia, apparently deciding that he couldn't abide by President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he stop leaking U.S. secrets, a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday. “True, Snowden did voice a request [to be allowed] to stay in Russia,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “At the same time, having found out yesterday about Russia's position outlined by President Putin ... he rejected his intention and his request to get a chance to stay in Russia.” The Kremlin spokesman reiterated Putin's position, announced Monday, that the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor must stop activities "aimed at damaging our American partners" if he wanted to be granted asylum in Russia.
July 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Edward Snowden plaintively appealed Monday from his diplomatic limbo in Moscow for relief from what he described as President Obama's use of "deception" and the "bad tools of political aggression" in pressuring other countries to deny him asylum. In a statement posted on WikiLeaks' website, the fugitive former National Security Agency analyst accused Obama of seeking to make him stateless. Snowden's first communication in more than a week exuded the strain of being trapped in a diplomatic no man's land and seeing earlier offers of refuge being rescinded.
June 13, 2013 |
Rene Perez Joglar, a.k.a. Residente, outspoken lead singer of the multiple Latin Grammy-winning, politically activist band Calle 13, is teaming up with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a songwriting session that's intended to strike a blow for free speech and against censorship, "disinformation and media manipulation," according to a statement released by Calle 13's publicist. Perez told his 5 million Twitter followers that he met with Assange on Wednesday night at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where Assange has been confined for several months while law authorities seek to extradite him to Sweden in a sexual assault case.
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.
June 5, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Bradley Manning's former Army supervisor described him Wednesday as a highly competent computer whiz who could easily get around secret passwords to retrieve information about enemy terrorist cells. "He indicated to me he was very fluent in computers, that he spoke their language, and that there was nothing he could not do on a computer," said Jihrleah Showman, a former Army specialist who served as Manning's team leader in Iraq. Showman testified in Manning's court-martial on charges he aided the enemy by passing thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
June 3, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's decision to release classified U.S. government secrets came in late December 2009, when he was new to Iraq and learned to his horror that a family of five was grievously injured by a roadside bomb. David Coombs, defense attorney for the 25-year-old enlistee, said at the opening Monday of Manning's long-awaited court martial that on Christmas Eve that year a vehicle with two adults and three children pulled to the side of the road to let an Army convoy pass, only to hit a roadside bomb.
June 3, 2013 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Government prosecutors, hoping to win a life sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the WikiLeaks scandal, opened their case Monday in the court-martial against the young enlistee with a slide show that began with an ominous email he sent in May 2010. He wrote, “If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?” What Manning did, Army Cpt. Joe Morrow alleged in the long-awaited trial at Ft. Meade, was download and send to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 classified government documents, including highly sensitive State Department cables and assessments of terror captives, and prisoner interrogation videos to confidential U.S. evaluations of foreign allies.
June 1, 2013 |
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.