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the week's main headlines in private bradley manning faces more than one hundred thirty years in prison after being found guilty of the biggest leak in u.s. history. fellow whistleblower edward snowden breaks his cover spending his first days in russian territory after receiving long awaited paperwork and i'm going to leave a moscow airport and live and work in the country. in the u.k. snowden's latest revelations show how leading telecom companies data to british intelligence which is funded by america's controversial spy agency. held without charges. of carrying out procedures that amount to sexual abuse critics say the invasive searches are used to break the resolve.
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of the back at the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is the weekly. an american judge has found private bradley manning guilty of almost all charges against him the former intelligence analysts now faces more than one hundred thirty years behind bars for leaking a massive amount of classified data the soldier was however cleared of the most serious and controversial charges of aiding the enemy now let's take a look at the timeline of events surrounding manning it all started when he was deployed to iraq in two thousand and nine years later exposed the world of video showing u.s. troops killing civilians in iraq his arrest the following month didn't stop the revelations as wiki leaks published a new trove of classified data. including diplomatic cables he faced twenty two
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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 this june but the judge didn't allow the u.n. inspector to testify and finally he was found guilty of nineteen of the charges against him with a leak seen as the biggest in u.s. history political analyst mark mason thinks that this verdict is an attack on free speech this is really all about not only of course bradley manning but the attack on journalism and the wiki leaks and julian or sorry that's the one they want to catch they're in a state like catastrophic terror about wiki leaks that's really their goal really we have a massive attack on free speech and on freedom of the press this comes back to the larger context here that we have the wrong person in the court george bush
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should be sitting in a court room facing charges for war crimes. supporters of bradley manning a ready to put their lives on the line is they offered as a major part of his sentence well he's marina porter not 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 you see 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
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crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you they try him and 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 this 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 we use a lame duck president this is ours to board money now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life
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for presenting the american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine our take. gavin macfadyen the director of the london based center for investigative journalism says that manning's leak was an act of conscience. he thought that the crimes committed by the army should be made public and what they're admitting to was the fact that he broke the law in getting those documents and sending them out to wiki leaks the justice of what he did is another matter and i think in that most people are aggrieved except those who regard i'm automatically as a traitor most people would agree that indeed he did it as an act of conscience certainly eat attempted to publish these documents in the new york times the washington post and other sources but none of them would do it until they were a wiki leaks that then they all took up the case but it's a very strong case that nobody would gain from this certainly not bradley manning
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who was affected abused very badly so it's very confined. this week also saw a benchmark moment in the plight of another u.s. whistleblower as he attempts to avoid u.s. prosecution edward snowden left his limbo in a moscow airport as he was 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 unknown frustrating journalists overflowing with unanswered questions auntie's and the france takes a look back at health snowden's airport saga unfolded. on sunday june 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 shared metro airport snowden and his wiki leaks
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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 in a 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
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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 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
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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 at 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 one day now 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 and the place where he is going to live that's all up to him as he is new or will consult and advise him but on
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other. shoes it's up to him according to our sources when a plane from paris was emptying out he took his chads and jumped in to lend him. edward snowden had flown in and then walked out nearly announced much to our chagrin in moscow the frat party. london based legal expert alexander mecurio it's believes that russia has operated in the letter of the law when dealing with snowden. the russian authorities have been extremely careful to do this by the book they insisted on mr snowden making a problem application he's done it through a lawyer there is a well founded case here for asylum are not just the person who says that the international says it him and rights watch says it given that this is the u.s. has no legal grounds to object to this now if the u.s.
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number less wants to jeopardize its very important relationship with russia because russia has done something which it is legally fully entitle to do that is a decision for the u.s. but many people will i think feel that if the u.s. does that then the u.s. frankly is behaving in a very strange and self destructive way snowden's asylum cause a great deal of anger in the u.s. with american politicians rushing to aim barbed rhetoric at moscow with more on that here's artie's going to check on. 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
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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 this 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
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government surveillance programs as opposed to thirty seven percent who approve another poll by the queen a parent 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 with strict and 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 internet
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services the government said the n.s.a. does that only with a warrant from the fight the 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 clients dead or 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 internet having sekret phys to screw ear and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said he wanted to expose the government lives in washington i'm going to check out the
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company which carried out the most recent security review of former cia employee would snowden is no under investigation while the man himself is facing as benign as charges if he does step on american soil stephen cohen executive director of the national whistleblower center says if it wasn't for snowden u.s. officials would continue to try to downplay the surveillance issue. one of mr snowden's most important allegations was that the high level officials in the n.s.a. lied to congress the american people i think it's been consistent and they've been speaking very hypocritically on the one hand they say it's not important on the other hand they say it's treason why does it are these truthful and important allegations or are they trivial if they're trivial why are they hounding down mr snowden. everywhere they can find them so i think these allegations are very
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significant but i think the attempt to downplay it is hypocritical and i think that a major debate has been initiated that serves the public interest about the need to protect whistleblowers the rights of intelligence agency whistleblowers and the legality of the surveillance activities and snowden's revelations continue to send reverberations around the world is published leaks show that telecom johns like the rise in vodafone and british telecom allowed a british intelligence agency to look through their clients' private data g c h q had unlimited access to millions of phone calls e-mails and facebook conversations this come shortly after was disclosed the n.s.a. poured millions of dollars into the british agency security get access to surveillance data british intelligence analyst glenmore turn in harvey says that
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close ties between the u.s. and u.k. intelligence service is a really nothing new. t.c.h. do you like the n.s.a. n.s.a. very busy place in their operations in fact there are three main locations in the united kingdom menwith hill you know harrigan. the big dome. the stone office they call it it shows them and when so formal these have all been funded in the main by the national security agency and at the moment i mention with that there are seven hundred fifty national security agency american employees working now so they meld together they might as well be known as the n.s.a. g.h.q. there are so close. the e.u. opens the possibility of shipments to syrian rebels but the blocks lead is rushing to send weapons to the country amid fears it could backfire with hundreds of
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europeans leaving their homes to fight against president assad. president hassan rouhani is sworn in before parliament as dozens of u.s. senators call for yet more punitive sanctions on the country. and russia's new law enabling authorities to shut down websites carrying copyright infringer draws frustration from web activists the first lawsuit against an illegal already filed all that and other stories after a break. right
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this is the weekly here on r.t. coming to live from moscow and inmate at guantanamo bay has accused guards of carrying out procedures amounting to sexual assault invasive routines were described by the last british resident at the facility shocker in a private talk to his lawyer another says that during the searches an extraction team walks in and forces a detain me to the floor putting down their arms and legs to prevent any movement the procedure then takes place takes place any time a prisoner wants to leave his cell to see a lawyer or a relative and it happens again when he returns prisoners believe that 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 that the camp have the opposite effect we have not raised it with the american courts that there shouldn't be doing this this
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shouldn't effectively be sexually assaulting the prisoners and it was the government's i believe who first started using scruton search if you're the leader they actually admitted that sort of and it's been done to try to intimidate prisoners out of talking to the 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'm not proud of them in a way that you know his response to that is right in the lead for him and he starts you know both marley's songs get up stand your rhythmix and the guards just show that he's not to be coward. this week the unofficial deadline passed for the e.u. to take a decision on arming the syrian rebels but the block's leaders are still hesitant to use a growing extremism within the opposition there are fears of terror television with ever more european citizens now joining the fight against president sad
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a french official said that in nine years of conflict in afghanistan only fifty you had has left the country to fight meanwhile in syria's case more than one hundred people have gone there from france in one year alone according to some experts in most cases they join al qaeda and other terror groups the total number of europeans who have left to fight in the syrian war is now over six hundred results 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 to mostly in varying degrees the like 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 knows there is no military victory so we will also increase our efforts to
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support and to shape the moderate opposition we propose to. we must ensure that these arms go to the syrian national coalition 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 need or is agreed to disagree on syria 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 the arms embargo only syrian opposition this is the outcome of the united kingdom it wanted rhetoric in the millicent and the need up to the libyan intervention also led by the same players it's remarkable that you 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
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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 and 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 now 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 purchased a democratic syria and so we're not all being the rebels this are cilia r t london . hassan rouhani has been sworn in before parliament in iran a day after being endorsers the next president by the country's supreme leader he
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was elected was support of the reformers voted invalid to end the country's international isolation as part of his election platform the u.s. has welcomed the new president with new economic sanctions more than seventy american senators of also signed a letter calling on president obama to further clamp down on iran's economy political analyst shabbir razvi told me earlier that the new president isn't likely to usher in a new era of cooperation with the west. dr hassan rouhani has quite clearly said that in so far as your politics is concerned and international relations really there isn't much change in the rain and policy and why should there be because really for the last thirty five years there hasn't been any change from washington london or paris in so far as iran is concerned and the iranian administration and the government it's going to set iranian politicians are applying a policy of really not opposing washington consensus just for the sake of
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opposing but really wanting justice and respect for iran as a nation a new law against internet piracy has come into effect in russia it will enable authorities to shut down websites which carry copyright breaching video content the law has stirred controversy in the internet community with activists fearing it will lead to censorship several popular websites announced a blackout in protest of next year takes a closer look now at the legislation. despite that statistics on the internet piracy in russia have improved greatly over the last decade dropping from ninety three percent in two thousand and one to little more than sixty percent last year still it poses a huge problem for the country it is rated in top five world countries in terms of piracy let me demonstrate what you can do in russia for instance you want to watch a fresh movie which has been just released but you do want to pay for it you go to one of the social network websites in russia find the movie you like and voila you
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have it created to the administration of the website they are trying to fight this problem they're blocking the users who are uploading illegal content but still with more than fifty million users registered for this network alone it is an uphill task something the new legislation is destined to mend from now on if any website is suspected of having illegal content it will be reported to a special watchdog body called the us and then in three days the website owner must remove this illegal content if he refuses to do so then his website would be suspended until trial then in court he may prove his innocence and a half years website relaunched or the website will be shut down for good if it's proven that he's content was illegal now even before this law became reality even before it passed the russian parliament it caused a fury online and even offline with some minor street protests the internet users have been saying and have been believing that this would suppress internet freedoms that this would cause
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a massive crackdown and censorship on line and the law if affectively went into force some of the big russian websites including one of the biggest music download websites in russia have gone on strike putting some black screens instead of their starting pages so people have been essentially believing that this may suppress freedoms which is not quite the case if you read into this law but now let's compare how other countries worldwide are fighting the very same problem in two thousand and nine france adopted the so-called a law which stipulates that anyone violating content distribution rules is given two warnings. before the internet service provider is forced to cut off the use of internet access if the culprit persists he risks a fine of up to three hundred thousand euros and up to three years in prison the most liberal anti-piracy law is believed to be in the netherlands torrent websites are technically outlawed but still downloading content for noncommercial use is not illegal uploading it means breaking the law and possible prosecution japan adopted its anti-piracy law last year and was immediately branded as draconian quite
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understandably some may say because violating it would land you a fine of one million a year and that's roughly ten thousand dollars and a two year prison term and often the violators are punished with both it's worth mentioning that none of the above mentioned countries have registered an increase in purchases of legal content since adopting these laws how the new legislation works in russia which stands in between not only geographically but in terms of the law strictness but has a far more serious piracy issue will become very clear still ahead greece gets another fix of bailout money from e.u. coffers totally almost six billion euros but not only does its tattered economy need a very good story as the is there a t. that comes with it has been linked to worsening drug addiction in the. first round of the presidential election concludes in mali we talked to locals about their way of dealing with the scars left by that's.


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