NSA Spied on Brazil Oil Company, Petrobras—What WikiLeaks Cables Reveal About Possible Motivation

By: Monday September 9, 2013 1:06 pm

A Brazilian television program has revealed that the National Security Agency in the United States spied on the internal and private computer networks of the oil company, Petrobras, which is partly state-owned. Globo TV’s “Fantastico” program reported top secret documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, which were provided to program by Guardian journalist Glenn [...]

Manning Lawyer Submits Request for Presidential Pardon from Obama

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 10:06 am

The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence. The filing contains a letter written by her attorney, David Coombs, and a letter by Manning, which was made public during a press conference hours after Manning was [...]

Statement by Julian Assange on Today’s Sentencing of Bradley Manning

By: Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:59 pm

Today the well-known whistleblower Bradley Manning has been ordered by a military court in Maryland to spend a minimum of 5.2 years in prison with a 32 year maximum (including time already spent in detention), for revealing information about US government behaviour to the public. This hard-won minimum term represents a significant tactical victory for [...]

Brief Thoughts on the Experience of Covering Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 2:50 pm

What an incredible life experience it has been covering Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial. While one could say I was only doing my job as a journalist and it is no big deal that I just spent the last year and a half regularly traveling to Fort Meade in Maryland to cover proceedings, it is [...]

Militant Islamist Ideology Expert Testifies No Evidence Al Qaeda Used WikiLeaks Documents to Launch Attacks

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 2:19 pm

An expert on militant Islamist ideology took the stand in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial to testify on how al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) could have used the information Manning disclosed to WikiLeaks. However, he presented no actual evidence that Al Qaeda or AQAP ever relied on [...]

Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 7 (Live Updates)

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 9:48 am

1:40 PM EST  Court is in recess until 9:30AM tomorrow morning. Keep an eye on the Dissenter for a further report on today’s proceedings with witness Aboul-Enein. Today’s document dump to the Army FOIA site included the ruling on the defense’s six objections to Patrick Kennedy’s earlier testrimony. You can read that doc, AE #641, here. [...]

What About Bradley Manning’s Releases Has Really Created ‘Chilling Effect’ for State Department?

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 2:28 pm

Government witnesses from the State Department have suggested in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial that the Department was the victim of a “chilling effect” created as a result of Manning’s decision to provide a cache of US State Embassy cables to WikiLeaks. The defense objected to testimony about this “chilling effect,” arguing [...]

Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 6 (Live Updates)

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 11:17 am

4:00 PM EST Two government witnesses that testified today were individuals who analyzed military incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan for the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). What was shared in open court about the response to the leak of the information was limited, but James McCarl of JIEDDO did testify that a CENTCOM deputy [...]

Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 5 (Live Updates)

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 9:39 am

6:00 PM EST Here’s a post on the judge’s ruling on merging specifications (or offenses) for findings and sentencing. The potential maximum punishment was reduced. A copy of the ruling can be found embedded in the post as well. 3:30 PM EST We now have been given a copy of the ruling on the defense motion [...]

Washington Post Editorial Board: ‘WikiLeaks Differs From Journalism’

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 9:21 pm

How so? The Washington Post editorial board has determined in an editorial  on Manning’s conviction that WikiLeaks “differs from journalism in methods if not goals.” The editorial argues: As a newspaper, The Post thrives on revelatory journalism and often benefits from leaks, sometimes inspired by dissent and other times by spin. The Web site WikiLeaks, which published the [...]

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