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bradley manning is a team leader questioned his loyalty to the u.s. . just a day after the judge refused to drop the key charge against the whistleblower of aiding the enemy. the live pictures for you right here while the egyptian army fires tear gas and clashes with supporters of the president mohamed morsy in cairo as a. crowd marches towards the presidential palace live pictures right here. on the little ball freedom for the russian opposition is released with travel restrictions before his appeal is heard just a day off that being handcuffed in court. and israel over an imminent e.u. financial blockade effectively cutting off settlements built on palestinian land
from any sort of european union fund. thank you for joining us here on r.t. . headlines live from moscow. the prosecution has hit back at the defense case put forward by whistleblower bradley manning in a bruising day of military court hearings found guilty of the former private accused of leaking classified information to wiki leaks could face life behind bars open liz wahl who was a the trial good to see you liz it certainly sounds like the prosecution is a still firing on both barrels. today the testimony was. to get out what manning says character at the time
basically troves of of classified information to the anti secrecy website wiki leaks the prosecution today called to the stand a witness by the name of shirley gurley show men she was manning's team leader on base and she was tasked with counseling manning and keeping a close eye on him providing him with advice now the testimony was controversial she said manning's behavior was questionable and based on her interactions with him thought that he was a did not have allegiance to the country said that he didn't have allegiance to the flag even going as far as calling bradley manning a spy now the defense of bradley manning's attorney david coombs really fired back trying to question the credibility of this witness asking her why none of this was in writing why if she really thought that he could have been a spy why she never made any documentation of this saying he really really drilled
that's why this wasn't inviting especially knowing that the as kind of his supervisor knowing what his job was as an intelligence analyst and that his job required him to deal with classified information on a daily basis. also pointed out that manning had filed a complaint against this witness for using derogatory language towards him kind of getting out of this relationship between these two questioning the motives of this witness now all of this gets back to this aiding the enemy charge the defense is saying that bradley manning is a whistleblower that he did see what he did in order to expose government wrongdoing and in order to spark a national debate the prosecution however is saying bradley manning aided the enemy when you leaked this information that when he leaked this information he did it knowing that al qaeda osama bin laden or al qaeda affiliates would get hold of this information so all of this goes back to. the man whose intent at the time also
today discussed where the charges of theft of government property that bradley manning faces a good defense is trying to get that charge dismiss the prosecution is saying that these documents these trove of information classified information was government property and has some kind of a monetary value but they are struggling to prove what what if anything this is worth so here we are in the rebuttal phase of this trial we are expected to hear more testimony. before we hear a verdict in this trial expected to be delivered sometime next week right all right thank you. well as the u.s. government isn't only coming down hard on bradley manning it's also squarely targeted at another secret leka former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden of course he blew the lid off america's surveillance activities and is still currently stranded in a moscow airport transit zone but only one though has the american public's
sympathy as a washington correspondent guy nature can explain. the u.s. government's relentless crackdown on whistleblowers is sort of designed to scare the whistleblowers of the future but we see that bradley manning's fate has not scared edward snowden for example so despite the crackdown whistleblowers keep coming forward with revelations about the government's wrongdoings as they see them so the us government decided that punishment is perhaps not enough in the wake of bradley manning's lease the government came up with the so-called insiders like program under which government employees with clearances are basically instructed to snitch on each other so employees have to judge their colleagues behavior and determine whether they might might become a whistleblower you can imagine how many baseless and discriminatory investigations the program could trigger critics argue that the obama administration is using mccarthy methods to go after whistleblowers on top of that you have journalists who sources in the government have dried up the justice department has shown that to track down and on all the rice source they can see quickly seized during this
communications records as was the case with a.p. germany's so about this new era of whistleblowers we spoke with them for nix who's been writing extensively on the bradley manning case take a listen you know for forgetting to leave the pentagon had to walk out of the rand corporation with possible documents. seventy two hours and. hours of documents on a lot of bradley manning had to burn and. you know presumably did something so we were just running scared of the documents and it was the editor of a person of secrecy and a person who in this these two sources are bound to lie it's interesting poll show that the majority of americans think of edward snowden as a whistleblower not a traitor whereas the majority of americans think bradley manning is a traitor to a certain extent the public support for this or that whistleblower depends on the
subject of their revelations bradley manning revealed the us governments were crimes abroad. not surprisingly many generates more think of the abroad than at home but one can argue that americans are more sympathetic to snowden because he is where relations are about their rights their civil liberties so they care more when it's iraq is right they apparently care less. now the u.s. government is responding to the popular outrage saying it will use radical security measures intended for nuclear weapons to safeguard sensitive data that includes a so-called two man rule meaning it'll take two people to enter a server room so no one can gain access by themselves data will also be stored in facilities scattered across america and encrypt and will be overhauled so it's all part of washington's drive to prevent leaks like the surveillance revelations of edward snowden you can get the details right now for this hour dot com.
it was good to have you with us here on the program today the anticorruption blogger alexina valmy has been released at least for now of this after he had been handcuffed in court and taken to preliminary detention in a valley were sentenced to five years prison for embezzlement prosecutors insisted he shouldn't be locked up until his appeal has been heard these are going to go has this report from just outside the courthouse. well diversification has made an appeal to the court following yesterday's verdict guilty to both of ali and his codefendant but if instead of on charges of the best moments in the amount of roughly sixteen million rubles that's about half a million dollars they were often taken into custody in court right after the verdict was read and it took the judge brown three hours to read the hundred page document but the prosecution has later filed an appeal saying that this measure of preliminary confinement was too strict in this particular case and has asked and officers have to be released from custody which is exactly what happened after
a short a court hearing again in the town of europe now both dividing up its are not to leave the country both of them are on their way to moscow and that means that not only is now essentially free to participate in the moscow mayoral elections as was initially planned but the problem with that is that though not buying these election campaign manager says that they will proceed as planned so that he is not so certain about his electoral campaign nevertheless he is going to make the final announcement of exactly what he's going to do what his future plans are after he rides in moscow on saturday morning. reporting now in the meantime of president putin's spokesman says that the judge's ruling in the case it should be respected and adhere to a more now in the kremlin reaction. according to the president is fully
aware of the criminal case involving only but as leader of the country has no official right for an opinion about it in order not to apply any pressure on the judge except for respecting any decision made by the court was also asked whether there was a possibility that would be granted amnesty by the president secretary said that according to the legal procedure the opposition blogger first has to admit his guilt and obviously hasn't been doing so throughout this entire time he has been pleading not guilty and claiming that this is a political case which has been fabricated because of his corruption activities and criticism of the authorities also commented on the thursday's rally the unauthorized improvised a rally which took place in the center of moscow late on thursday and said that it was a violation of the russian law and he hoped that it would not reoccur in the future
a small group and his supporters did gather in moscow again on friday but compared to the numbers of people who took to the streets thursday evening this is a very small amount that has been a reaction from the team to the fact that he was released on appeal. applauded the fact but at the same time on thursday the team and not only himself were calling for his supporters to take to the streets and protest now they're calling on everyone to follow the letter of the law and not take part in any unauthorized rallies and just to remind you on thursday from three to seven thousand people gathered in central moscow. for a few hours and authorized a rally which did result in around two hundred. made by the police it is needed to say that throughout most of the rally the police was trying to just. keep the protesters the streets in order not to block traffic and there were several
attempts to do so. and a political analyst dimitri told us here a. political career is unlikely to reach great heights despite the visible support on the streets of moscow. i don't think that he stands a chance of winning in moscow not because of their authoritarian nature or the russian regime but because he's program is not very different from some balance problem differences there can be you know and i think that when the western press depicts not only you know in the role of the collatz as a lever oh and a humanist and all these things it's a simplification because he has been expelled from the liberal yabloko party for nationalists deviations i think the secret of his success is that he's a very average young russian and. not squeaky clean maybe you know a little nationalistic. striving for economic freedom so i think that he has
some support but of course it's not massive support it's not millions of people he's just an interesting young man just like many young interpreted or so that you have in moscow and in other russian cities you can always get our latest coverage of the dot com also there the live updates are the best pictures from the protests against the verdict also though our correspondents are staying very busy on twitter have a good look. into the egyptian capital now the army has used tear gas to stop angry crowds from marching on the presidential guard palace that was well over fifty protesters were shot dead almost two weeks ago supporters of the ousted president morsy have been demonstrating on mass nationwide demanding his reinstatement journalist and africa specialist lawrence freeman he told me earlier there's a big chance both sides will dig in and ultimately forcing the army's hand. the situation now is that the muslim brotherhood has to make
a decision whether they're going to be part of the process moving forward with this nine month agenda for a constitution palminteri elections presidential elections or is the muslim brotherhood going to be violent and disruptive in which case the situation will be very difficult the interim president who's just a very in george and a number of other civilians have filled out the other positions of the cabinet they have a perspective that the door is open to the muslim brotherhood if the brotherhood continues to go in to buy if it goes in a brown direction yes i think then the military and the government behind the military will move him to keep security don't forget the muslim brotherhood has a lot support in egypt there's no question about it but it doesn't have the whole country supporting it there's a lot of people. are still to come here or not see the simmering tension off of the
george zimmerman trial and with the prospect moving of a civil rights suit against the acquitted killer of a black teenager we speak to the daughter of martin luther king jr for her thoughts on the case. and as if economic desperation wasn't enough for poor spain the crowds now pouring into the streets over revelations of mass corruption the ruling party that's just. syria and reversed momentum rebels are now killing one another and the people they claim they're fighting for the assad regime has regained lost ground and is on the offensive in the meantime western powers are showing reluctance to provide arms to the rebels is it now time to consider a process to stop the violence and talk peace. with.
this is the consensus to. choose the opinions that you. choose the stories to. choose. to. critique a should three. three arrangement three. three. three. three blog video for your media projects free media. this is with me will receive shy and making good on decades of rhetoric the e.u. is cutting off funding to social projects in israeli settlements spilt illegally on
palestinian land or the move certainly taking israel by surprise officials describing it as brutal and an us quake that will have serious consequences. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is furious with this new european union directive and a number of leading israeli officials have called it an earthquake what it states is that in any future agreements between israel and the european union the needs to be an exclusion clause referring to settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem now i'm standing in the israeli settlement of behind me is the university that was founded thirty one years ago and which today has a student population of fourteen thousand degrees that awarded here are recognized by the israeli higher council for education but this latest move by the european union is bad news not only for settlements like this one but also for universities like the one you see behind me what it states is that they needs to be
a pretty big on all grants scholarships prizes and money that is awarded and less there is this exclusion cause now it is estimated that this will affect some forty percent of the israeli institutions including large corporations and banks that have been direct ties with the settlements palestinians and their allies have congratulated and welcomed this move saying that it is an important political and cultural boycott on the settlement movement but these raids are angry particularly the right wing elements in the ten yahoos government who say that they're now going to step up their cause to end any kind of gestures for resumption of peace talks with the palestinians policy r.t. in the ariel settlement west bank now that you you and other international powers are pushing israel to accept a palestinian state within the one nine hundred sixty seven borders but over the decades more than a half a million israeli settlers have made their homes in the occupied territories in
fact many of these settlements and the lands they're on are now claimed by israel as its own in the middle east coordinator for the medico international humanitarian group says the action is largely symbolic but still meaningful. it is symbolic but it's very important to make the difference between israel proper and the occupied territories or if you're not part of israel and which we should become part of a future palestinian state if the european union doesn't do this today and if it doesn't make it very clear to the palestinians as well as to israelis that they want a two state solution and that they will stand behind it not only in words but also in deeds then we will not have a two state solution and time is running out looking at it from the regional point of view i mean the region is going to burn just now we have enormous enormous problems in syria we have extremism instability in egypt and the europeans have just understood that besides just around the corner on the other side of the
mediterranean there's an enormous problem there and they have to deal with it and to do with it now because the israelis are building up these settlements more and more and they're coming to the point of no return when at the end of the day there will be no possibility neither the europeans know for the israelis themselves if they decide at some stage to leave the west bank and to have a two state solution to do this because there would be too many settlers living there are twenty minutes past the moscow time the f.b.i. and the u.s. justice department of told florida police not to give back the gun to george zimmerman he was acquitted last week after a shooting dead the unarmed black teenager trayvon martin and the court ruled zimmerman acted in self defense department of justice is holding on to his weapon and other evidence some of the prospect of a federal civil rights investigation cinnamon's acquittal sparked outrage across america thousands declaring it was racial discrimination i spoke to bernie's king the daughter of martin luther king jr. a lot of groups in america feel oppressed i
think for those of us in the african-american community because we've had such a long history of oppression since we've been in this country it makes it a little bit more intense i'm going to look at the statistics in a lot of different categories in america whether we're talking about the criminal justice system education health care wealth there are great disparity still as it relates to the african-american community and so you know this particular case i think to me is a sign and a wake up call that we have to finish or continue the unfinished work of martin luther king jr i think perhaps that's why ironically we have the name trayvon martin not that he is martin luther king jr but i think it's kind of a sign that hey we've got to reconnect with and continue this i'm finished work of martin luther king jr particularly in the racial and economic areas.
of the world's largest genetically modified seed corporation retreating from monsanto i would say it's given up trying to get approval for six new crops for brochures resistance to modified food are the details right now for this hour up on the website. over there right now our houses have smashed through the google glass ceiling they are spectacular spectacles to put your eyes online but cyber criminals have now given them the power to identify a person just by looking. or to spain we go where thousands of people have clashed with police in thirty cities outraged over revelations of corruption within the ruling people's party they're demanding the prime minister quits after claims that he and other party members received over eight million euros of bribes and right now spain gripped by its worst economic crisis in decades. driv financial trader felix moran he believes it will be tough
for mariano rajoy to survive. while it goes very deep and very high to the top basically what people are really furious about is that we've seen austerity and cuts for the people but not for the politicians spain is one of the countries have the highest number of politicians per population ratio in europe we have zero s. estimates between one hundred thousand two hundred thousand politicians actually drawing a salary from this eight so people are furious that governments families businesses everyone has to cut back but the government hasn't it just raised taxes so i do believe he would have a chance to survive this if the economy was improving but unfortunately it's not unemployment is not going down the latest numbers still see two thousand and thirteen growth in spain negative one point three to one point five they still are still putting off recovery till two thousand and fourteen two thousand and fifteen
so i don't think raju will survive this i think he will survive for now i do see any movement before the german elections in a month from now and straight to iraq to open up the anti world update a massive bomb blast has happened inside a sunni mosque just north of baghdad twenty people killed it's the latest of a series of explosions targeting the same ethnically diverse region in recent weeks the level of violence across iraq has spiked in the past four months leaving more than two and a half thousand dead. and police have clashed with hundreds of environmental campaigners in china's southern gangs you province of all interrupted his officers moved in with rubber batons to disperse the rally against a government plan to build a trash incinerator the protesters fear the construction will worsen pollution in the area and lead to health problems. firefighters have been deployed to woodlands and northeast london that to bring to raging wildfires under control the blaze is
being fed by a record heat wave that's baking much of britain for the past week there are warnings there that could have been more wildfires and maybe more to be expected in the heat wave continues for at least another seven days. now in northern irish unionists lashing out at the authorities decision to again ban a new parade following the street riots sparked by a similar limitation last week the orange order planned to march along a street in belfast which separates brutally rival loyalist and nationalist communities. reports both first there's a city of flashpoint interfaces still a large extent very much divided along sectarian lines with loyalist and republican communities living right next door to each other and in times of tension it's all too easy for violence to break out as we've seen in recent days but away from that night i'm writing and it's a completely different story so we've come to gain
a different perspective on what's happening in belfast. the titanic's and the odyssey arena and the waterfront welcome to moe's in belfast but as well as taking in the sights along the more glamorous was the front regeneration area this is a rule say given a guided tool through northern ireland's past troubles at the tool to avoid certain parts of the normal to overeat bringing us sharply back to the here and now to the belfast that in the days following the twelfth of july or in july to unionise parade has once again been plagued by scenes of violence. these tourists they finance the main unafraid i first came here in one thousand nine hundred one and of the time it was a very difficult video to because i remember it was the time of a hunger strikers so we used to going to town and we were checked so now to see
that there is these peace process in you know the narrative there things have changed so much and benefit has become such an attractive place to be seen i think it is i mustn't be the latest you know it was but i think it might be highly likely late and the impact is far reaching is estimated to last years rioting a big issue is how many days the union flag can fly close businesses in belfast millions in the trade this time around the riots sparked by a decision not to let loyalists great past the nationalist area with the arrival of the former us government peace and void which it has to check. its take that a new route can be stated to keep the peace process progressing every year that we have this time of year we go and to try sis mode and that's what you know is very welcome development the dredger tosses agreed to chair all party talks looking at
some of the very thorny issues that are clear. the peace building here for a number of years saturday looks like belfast next week passed another controversial ruling by the parades commission and the freight yet move potential we know the outbreak the series price a search on. our backs in the program here a lot see a serious three sided conflict the regime the opposition the terrorists is the focus of cost or just a sec. if you want to or something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions
to their products only the original branded creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat call made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because.