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top stories and. an american judges from private bradley manning guilty of almost all charges against him the former intelligence analyst now faces more than one hundred thirty years behind bars for leaking a massive amount of classified data a soldier was however cleared of the most serious and controversial charge of aiding the enemy let's take a look at the timeline of events surrounding manning it all started when he was deployed to iraq back in two thousand and nine several months later exposed to the world a video showing u.s. troops killing civilians in iraq his arrest didn't stop revelations as we could leaks published a new trove of classified data including diplomatic cables he faced twenty two charges including aiding the enemy the united nations called manning's confinement conditions as torturous and inhumane as he awaited the court martial which started in june but the judge didn't allow the u.n.
inspectors to testify finally he was found guilty of nineteen of the charges against him with a leak seen as the biggest in u.s. history general counsel of the national whistle blowing center david tino believes the government agencies are now keeping a close eye on would be whistle blows. over reaction to the bradley manning case has been just to clamp down on all types of whistle blowing and that that's unfortunate there have been some advance moments in the law in the non national security or intelligence area but that's being drawn wharf by the overreaction to this and also there's been an attack on the media not just in the intelligence community but all government agencies have been faced with a crackdown on whistleblowers because the obama administration sent out a warning to all agencies to be on the lookout for leakers and to identify the
leakers before they happen in response to the manning case. supporters of bradley manning are ready to put their lives on the line as they offer to serve a major part of his sentence on his miniport now went to new york's union square to hear what u.s. citizens think of the verdict. union square has been something of a stomping ground for bradley manning supporters in new york city over the years many rallies have been held here in honor of the army private first class intelligence analyst now manning has been found guilty of downloading and releasing confidential u.s. documents that subsequently disclosed illegal activity and crimes on the part of washington manning faces up to one hundred thirty six years in prison instead of telling you how the public is reacting to this news we're handing our microphone directly over to the citizens bradley manning didn't commit any crimes would be like is if you shot me and the camera man said hey i've got this footage of this
crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you to try him it doesn't make any sense it would appear to me that the manning verdict would be sending a message to edward snowden i'm sure he's listening. you know because it's a really similar situation and i think they're doing a good thing because the american people are basically enslaved and they're you know they're told what to do by the media and they follow orders if you look at the apache helicopter video which probably the most famous one. it's important for the american public at least you know what is actually going on in the war they're fighting a war fighting at that point i just hope maybe somebody like obama. may be doing is the last leg news a lame duck president decides to blood money now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life
for presenting the american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine our take. this week was a sore benchmark moment in the pleasure of another u.s. was as he attempts to avoid u.s. prosecution edward snowden left his limbo in a moscow have. walters is granted temporary asylum by the russian authorities he can now move around freely and work in the country for up to twelve months russia's top social networking website has already offered him a job but the story has a fresh twist with his current location. frustrating journalists overflowing with lots of questions ortiz lindsey france takes a look back at hell snowden's airport saga unfolded on sunday during twenty third when reports surface that the u.s. is newest whistleblower edward snowden was in russian airspace on a flight from his hong kong hideout every journalist knew the weekend was over and they all scurried here to section a i said to metro airport snowden and his wiki
leaks advisor sarah harrison are a no show reporters found out that snowden and his advisor were due to be on a flight to cuba the next day so what did they do search around for the nearest hotel to get a good night's sleep before getting on that flight. june twenty fourth dawns the doors to the flight close seat seventeen a is empty galleys and restrooms are searched the cargo hold is suspected and drinks trolley is found in business class hangovers are reported june twenty fifth president putin confirms that snowden is still in the transit area of the airport foreign minister sergei lavrov dismisses a u.s. request for extradition this stakeout continues because you just never know when he'll come out from hiding everyone with a press badge gets to know airport food courts and the coin operated massage chairs very well july second wiki leaks says snowden is seeking asylum in nineteen more
countries including china cuba nicaragua venezuela and india. the next day at another airport this time in austria drama unfolds the president of bolivia his plane is forced to land on suspicion that snowden is on board the heat and the debate turns up on the heels of this bolivia nicaragua and venezuela make their offers of asylum well known denouncing the pressure exerted by america but one little problem remains getting to any of these destinations without falling into the hands of american law enforcement it was here on the second floor terminal where snowden held a conference with human rights activists and with his advisors made the announcement that he was scared to fly not for heights and that he was thinking of asking russia for asylum the video and photos make it out of that meeting and are quickly uploaded for our stories finally we have something to bring back to our newsrooms now the wait for the paperwork in this case
a response to snowden scribbles on a blank sheet hey whatever works staff only this unassuming door here on the first floor of the terminal at the airport was headquarters july twenty fourth when everyone thought anatoly snowden's russian advisor would be bringing that very important piece of paper from immigration services allowing him to exit the airport instead all he brought were a bag of books some new clothes and a healthy dose of consolation for snowden and the journalists. until august first when they know himself shows the press that fateful document making edward snowden free to travel through the russian federation until july thirty first two thousand and fourteen he says edward is gone and his lips are sealed. due to the fact that he's the most wanted person on planet earth today he would be concerned about the issue of security that includes questions of safety in the place where he was going
to live that's all up to him as you were with consoled and advised him but on other . shoes it's up to him according to our sources when a plane from paris was emptying out to take this chance and jumped in to the landing. edward snowden had flown in and then walked out nearly announced much to our chagrin in moscow when the france r t. k the leader of the u.k. pirate party believes that it's too early for snowden to breathe a sigh of relief this is just a kind of temporary solution of course because obviously he's only been offered asylum for one year so it still poses right questions for the global whistleblowing movement mainly because it's no one has stepped up to really to find a more permanent solution to the leap legal limbo that has found itself in for us in the pirate party movement we've been pressing the european countries with a solid team in rights record with solid commitments to to media freedom to step up
an offer for edward snowden the kind of protection that whistleblowers deserve but until they do that it will remain will remain to have a chilling effect on whistleblowers and after all the freedom to speak out is absolutely vital in a democratic society snowden's asylum cause a great deal of anger in the u.s. with american politicians rushing to embattled rhetoric at moscow or not now from parties going to judge her. the moment edward snowden walked out of that moscow airport russia became the object of washington's wrath we heard calls for president obama to boycott the g. twenty summit in russia the president's press secretary said washington is quote unquote extremely disappointed with moscow's decision on snowden and that it undermines the growing cooperation between russian and u.s. security services certain members of congress used even harsher term senator chuck
schumer said russia has stabbed us in the back and each day that mr snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife senator lindsey graham says americans in washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with the bushes and john mccain goes it is a slap in the face of all americans we cannot allow today's action by put into a stand without serious repercussions of course for many politicians here attacking snowden and russia is much easier than defending the surveillance state the white house keeps repeating this mantra mr snowden is not a whistleblower he is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three fairly felony counts and he should be returned to the united states polls show the majority of americans actually disagree with the white house on whether or not mr snowden is a whistle blower they think it is so what else they disagree with a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs as opposed to thirty seven percent who approve
another poll by the quinnipiac university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far restricting civil liberties three years ago twenty five percent of americans thought so it's a massive shift in attitudes a shift that the lawmakers and the government can't ignore as much as they like to attack snowden his revelations have put the white house on the defensive you can complain about big brother and this is. a potential. program run amuck but when you actually look at the details then i think we've struck the right balance well let's look at some of those details from snowden we first learned about the prism program a system the n.s.a. uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular services the government said the n.s.a.
does that only with a warrant from the fight to court snowden said the court merely rubber stamp such warrants and he revealed one such revealed one such secret court order for a telecommunications company to hand over its client's debt in bulk the government has acknowledged the bulk collection of communications but said no one can look at the content of those communications without a warrant snowden said that's a lie this week the guardian relying on the documents that snowden had earlier provided has revealed details of a program that makes such warrantless snooping possible we learned about x. keyscore which allows to search through vast amounts of data collected by other programs snowden has leaked the n.s.a.'s training materials where the agency boasts that the program is the widest reaching system for developing intelligence from the net having sekret fice to screw ear and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said he wanted to expose the government's lies in washington i'm going to check him.
the e.u. opens the possibility of all shipments to syrian rebels but people ups leaders all rushing to send weapons to become free amid fears it could backfire with hundreds of europeans leaving their homes to fight against president assad. plus european taxpayers fund another bailout tranche for greece but the some may not be enough as one man in germany proves there is an alternative to the global financial giants. just over themselves got a call it's after saakashvili steps down with georgia's new political leaders find a way to develop relations with the south or say to an apostle. was would it be possible at least in theory if these nations to unite. and would rush of recognize the territorial integrity of georgia in this case. we want them to live in peace.
but it's up to sign to what relations they will have with one another the please we won't interfere with sort of procedures. more news today violence is once again flared up. and these are the images called world has been seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations rule today. this is the weekly here on our teeth an inmate to guantanamo bay has accused guards
of carrying out procedures amounting to sexual assault the invasive routines were described by the last british resident at the facility shakara in a private talk to his lawyer and he says that during the searches an extraction team walks in and forces a detainees to the floor pinning down their arms and legs to prevent movement the procedure takes place anytime a prisoner wants to leave his cell to see a lawyer or a relative and it happens again when he returns prisoners believe this is a tactic to intimidate them break the ongoing hunger strike and prevent them from taking legal steps to defend themselves but attorney clive stafford smith representing shaka says that the measures at the camp have the opposite effect we have not raised it with the american courts that this shouldn't be doing this this should not strictly be sexually assaulting the prisoners there is the governments i believe who first started using scruton search if you're the leader in the they are
she admitted sort of and it's been done to try to intimidate prisoners out of talking to their lords so that unfortunately the truth would not come out and most of them are resisting has been going through this for months and months and months now and i've got a crowded room in a way and his response to that is when we leave him and his son or he starts singing you know marley songs get up stand up or be your rhythmix and the guards just show that he's not to be our. and e.u. arms embargo on syria have officially expired this week which means there's nothing now stopping the block from sending weapons to the country but it appears some european countries are already deeply involved in the civil war the citizens of flocking to syria to join anti assad fighters and the scale appears to be vast a french official said that in nine years of conflict in afghanistan only fifty
jihadists left the country to fight meanwhile in syria's case more than one hundred people have gone there from france in just one year alone and according to some experts in most cases they are joining all qaeda and other terror groups the total number of europeans who have left to fight in the syrian war is now estimated to be six hundred and indeed over that number and as artist has a similar reports this could be why the e.u. is wary of starting weapons shipments. what the u.k. on the syrian rebels would not that's a question that's been answered a number of different ways it's a conflict began a mostly in varying degrees of life but ultimately always sending signals of support for the opposition it will be no political progress in less the opposition is able to withstand the onslaught and put pressure on assad so he is no military victory so we will also increase our efforts to support and to shape the moderate opposition we propose to
a man. who will fit was served. we must ensure that these arms go to the syrian national coalition and no one else to want a half years on syria continues to pay the delicate complex picture a battleground constantly shifting as it is with western leaders rhetoric in american twelve hour meeting in may e.u. leaders agreed to disagree on syria when the u.k. and france successfully getting their way even though they were at odds with the twenty five other member states the european union has agreed to bring to an end their arms embargo on the syrian opposition this is the outcome of the united kingdom and. rhetoric in the middest and the need up to the libyan intervention also led by the same players it's remarkable they could simply try and override the experience of libya because as a recent report said there is no supermarket for the entirety of the of the middle east and and if they were to go into syria that would be true to the power of ten
and listen reports from syria show all kind of affiliated groups wanting to establish an islamic caliphate and dissolution rebels and defecting back to the government side before the the war in afghanistan or before the attack on iraq there was no al qaida in iraq there was no al qaida in yemen there was no al-qaeda in somalia there was no al qaida in syria but there is not an idea that's not lost on the british prime minister there's too much extremism among some of the rebels but frankly we do need to do more to help promote those parts of the opposition that want a free pluralistic democratic syria and so we're not being the rebels this are cilia r.t. london. we have plenty more stories where you all mine at the moment including an earthquake measuring six on the richter scale strikes japan in the same area that's or nuclear reactor meltdown triggered by
a quake and tsunami two years ago and what damage was. the latest right now on r.t. dot com. and as the fifth anniversary of russia's conflict with georgia approaches prime minister medvedev recalls the fateful events of two thousand and eight in an exclusive interview with r.t. and you can watch it in full online right now. the world's biggest financial institutions are pouring billions of euros into the greek economy but the amount it needs to survive keeps increasing the debt ridden country is looking at a funding shortfall of nearly eleven billion euros according to the international monetary fund while the latest tranche of almost six billion has already cost thousands of public sector jobs a large share of installment four billion euros is funded by the eurozone and the european central bank the international monetary fund is contributing one point eight billion in return athens has to far four thousand civil servants by the end
of the year while twenty five thousand more must be redeployed and far from being a medicine a bone of funds are actually running greece according to expert patrick young. greece was never going to survive as long as it was in bailout mode because the difficulty is that you know throwing vodka at alcoholics just tends to make them more alcoholic and it doesn't affect them and improve their overall condition really what greece has always needed to do was to leave the euro and declare bankruptcy it's the only way that it can feasibly restructure what's going on instead what we have is this absolutely mainly arkell situation where in order to manage to stay in the euro we have a series of political forces in western europe who are desperate not to see their law as the political experiment failed and therefore greece has been left just like cyprus just like other countries that have received bailouts like ireland they are being sacrificed out the altar of
a ludicrous national political statement or supra national political statement with most of the e.u. still in the grip of recession it's the smallest banks that the taking the biggest hit of the trouble to small german village to find out how one bank is managing to stay afloat. it's not all big city banks with bailouts bonuses and big shots in rural germany this small town has all its financial needs taken care of like just one man with only nine hundred customers peter believes he can offer something that big banks can't. yes you personally people get a personal service here i know everyone who comes in of course i do they're my neighbors this means there's big trust the aren't just a number or part of a money making machine when our t. stopped by at this one month bank we found that the man in charge wasn't alone the regulators were going through the books like they do in every other european bank.
once a year someone counts for four weeks i think it's a bit too long but hey that's the way it is even as we live more and more of our daily lives online in small towns like this one is still a place for the face to face because a bank sometimes i need to go to the city banks are all run by machines don't even get me started on the internet the concept we have here we're all members not customers it's hardly the most modern of operations opened at the end of the nineteenth century some of the equipment looks like it isn't much younger. went my it's working on my predecessor had a quite specific grip you can see here over forty years he wore the pain away all the modern stuff doesn't look right here if it works why buy new. so. even the youngest in town
a catered for having their own individual money boxes to make sure they aren't sheepish about saving. due to the cost of running them small rural banks of all but disappeared for most of germany but the people of the town of failed want to hang on to theirs for many more years to come peter all of a r.t. southwest germany. next on a book talks to russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev. i've got a big question for you how stupid can stupid terrorist paranoia get according to for progressives dot com the texas department of public safety demanded that any women entering the state senate hand over any tampons or pads before entering wow so why would they do this are they really that scared that some terrorists are playing
a sneak a bomb into the place at any cost according to news at yahoo dot com the official reason is that they're afraid of people using projectiles as a form of protest against a law that would really restrict abortions oh well no i kind of see where you abortion is an issue that people really get furious over now it kind of all makes sense but wait wait wait wait what's that they're afraid of projectiles but people with guns were allowed to take them into the senate are you kidding me i think the second amendment does a lot more good than harm by i think it goes without saying that for women to concealed carry their hygiene items they should need a permit or permission from anyone but that's just my opinion.
hello and welcome to worlds apart five years have passed since georgia long since the fall down south the suitable all but forgotten war inside even its ballots at some point blank from the castle to the belly call it the war and the five things the fighting trinkle profound geopolitical that. will put all. these have been aboard the well to discuss that i'm now doing by russia's former passable but current prime minister there. are still far thank you for your time now that it's been five years the international community has all but forgotten this war because there's been many other conflicts some of women even more horrible. but i'm sure you haven't forgotten those days what is the first thing that comes to mind. your right thank god this conflict didn't last too long. and what it was burned into my memory. i think it's the same for many other
people especially those living in the region but it's. the first thing i remember is how it all started and what was going on more the situation was very tense i have to admit i remember how difficult it was for me to make a decision but i might even with this. new school this was absolutely the most difficult decision that i've ever had to make is that the both repressed and it was very difficult for me as a person which manders a new president who had spent less than three months in office. but that's the way love history and sometimes there's nothing we can do. but if you look. i think when i make this. august and open up my specificially the war broke out on august eighth but tensions obviously had been escalating for a few days or even weeks before that. when did you get reports that georgian
troops were massing on the border. and were you aware of the actual plans of the georgian authorities. whew of course i have been getting reports for a few days prior to that. but there were troops concentrating on the border and there were some provocations and incidents. but since this conflict had been simmering for years and we had our peacekeeping forces there we tried not to jump to conclusions but still we were alarmed by those reports. and then in the still of night they opened fire. and it became obvious that the situation was escalating with an equal i still. very last moment i was hoping they would stop. them.