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really shouldn't why you should care about you and. d.h. is why you should care what your only dog gob. governed fresh on britain's guardian newspaper over the publishing of n.s.a. leaks calls the european council to ask london exactly why it's resorting to intimidation tactics. also this hour for give the whistleblower bradley manning will request a presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years for leaking america's secrets dancer's the as he reveals he'd like to spend the rest of his life as a woman called chelsea. the life out of prison egypt's deposed leader hosni mubarak has left jail for house arrest despite facing a retrial and chargers ordered the killing of protesters.
this is our see going to live from moscow hello and welcome to the program the partner of a guardian newspaper journalist who was detained and questioned under the terrorism act in britain is threatening the government with legal action david miranda is lures are demanding the return of his laptop and other equipment within a week and want to stop any inspection of them the british government has been under fire ever since detaining miranda and forcing the guardian newspaper to destroy files containing n.s.a. data and laura smith are joining us now live from london laurie lovely to see what's the latest development in the legal case of david miranda. well this is a story that gets more and more bizarre as it unfolds with high level government involvement we now know and now david miranda lawyers who have come out threatening
legal action against the government as you say saying they want his belongings returned they don't want any further search and search is performed against him he of course was detained at heathrow for nine hours and questioned all his electronic devices taken away his his passwords goes out to him for investigation by the security services we actually have got a small clip of what his lawyer said so let's listen into that now. but in order to. leave. me here. today. so that's more embarrassment for the government potentially on top of what is turning into really and very embarrassing situation for them we now know of top level involvement in the
government prime minister david cameron was intimately involved in the decision to detain david miranda and also in that decision it now. becomes clear to destroy the files belonging to the guardian that were released by edward snowden deputy prime minister nick clegg also was made aware of and supported that decision and this has exposed the government's to to a lot of criticism increasing amounts of criticism. they have been criticised by a german human rights minister he said that he felt that the british government had crossed a line in its destruction of the files and in detaining david miranda at heathrow airport and he said that the actions of the government left him truly appalled we've also heard of a letter from the council of europe which has been addressed to the home secretary which is also criticizing that decision and looking at how europe could be involved in this let's let's just have a look at that as well. as freedom is
a very very high value across europe and we apply the same standards to all our member states that you recall the many have been in the spotlight regarding press freedom especially in eastern europe europe has been commenting the situation and i'm very recently but also in turkey and in other states but i think we have to apply the same standards to all our members and these two actions do pose certain questions we're asking some background information from the u.k. government and i'm pretty sure we will receive a response. minister from the council of europe there referring to questions there already have questions in this case and hopefully in an effort to plug some of those holes i'm talking today a chakravarti from the freedom association to thank for being here now we've been talking about the destruction of the information at the guardian newspaper the smashing of hard drives and disks in the basement of the newspaper in the light of the fact that all the copies of this information clearly existed in the editor of
the guardian told the authorities that they did it or how to how can the government maintain that this protects lie still does as you just said in your introduction it does get more and more bizarre because as alan rusbridger had also said in his blog this act of destruction this physical destruction is the hardest it seems like nothing but a pointless piece of symbolism which is his words. because as you say there are copies of it available elsewhere and we know from since when this. matter snowden controversy broke we know that journalists no longer. exchange data electronically you know so now the other thing that's going to happen is journalists are going to avoid coming into london to carry out their work or the other explanation could be that it's the security of our security just don't have any idea how how how how data can be transferred electronically how these things work both of those things are pretty serious concerns for a third point possibly was the intention to intimidate that's i mean it seems very
much like that doesn't it given that you knew practicality knew there was no practical reason to do it it is just it almost looks like the government acting as a but effects of its muscle and i don't get what i want from it but i'll still show you that i'm not happy about it another thing that the guardian as he said that was the newspaper was threatened with legal action if it didn't surrender these files something that calling prior restraint shutting down reporting through the courts i mean is there any precedent for this and what would be the point of it straight to something that was widely used during second world war and later on as well to protect the location of military units and things like that presses. isn't it in terms of precedents with more recently seen celebrities taking out super injunctions that's another potential example of that now there is there is good reason to use this sort of measure if national security is actually in danger like in the case of the military personel or visit of bruce. bruce attack one person previously which is of no use to sort of which doesn't have to be public domain
probably don't know about it but those things have to be defined very narrative qantas go ahead and use them for any old case ok back to a story that's all we've got time for unfortunately our bottleneck you very much thank you very much for having me we'll be following this story as it unfolds because as we've both said more and more bizarre. all right. talking to a human rights campaigner india truck provider many thanks indeed to you both thank you and after being implicated in a worldwide surveillance america appears now to be targeting those help users protect themselves against the n.s.a. spying is the owner of the secure email service used by whistleblower edward snowden is locked in a call battle with the u.s. government after being forced to shut down and here's a statement of a bit leveson made two weeks ago when he took his service offline so he indicated that u.s. authorities demanded information about his customers or elles that according to him
that would amount to a crime against the american people so he took the service offline instead of the senate isn't allowed to disclose many details because of ongoing court proceedings but he did explain his decision for to my colleague mattresses. if i had continued to operate i felt like it would have put me in a ethically compromising position. in other words the service no longer would have been what i intended it to be which was a secure and private method of communication for americans so you posted a message online saying that you were in an impossible situation that either you would quote do you hear become complicit in crimes against the american people or walk away from a decade of your hard work what do you think you would have faced if you didn't shut down the service when you say no to the government. they have the ability to take everything they have the ability to take your business take your money and
take your freedom and the really isn't all that much you can do about it. i was looking at the very real possibility of an impossible debt and possibly being put in jail and still not being able to tell people why i was even in jail you wrote on the line that without congressional action or strong judicial precedent that you would advise people users against trusting a company that has physical ties to the us why is that all of the major providers here in the us. have provided. our government with real time access to the private information of their users and they don't really have a choice about it and they don't really have the ability to tell anybody about. it so the fact is if you trust your data to
a company even if they they haven't already been approached. and been required to provide access. the simple fact is they could be in the future. and from all the emo provide is the n.s.a. collected fifty six thousand messages annually over three years and according to declassified documents none of them had anything to do with terror threats go to r.t. dot com to find out more about what the security agency revealed about itself. whistleblower bradley manning the defense will file a request to the u.s. president to have this former army private pardoned ronnie has been sentenced to thirty five years behind bars for disclosing the largest amount of classified data in american history meanwhile bradley manning has revealed that he would now like to be known as chelsea manning and live the rest of his life as a woman and out he is again a chicken is joining us now live from washington d.c.
interesting twist indeed so what can you tell us about manning's announcement and how will it possibly affect the situation around him. well you hear bradley manning now wants to be referred to as chelsea manning he requested hormone therapy to which the army said no he's going to live in a male prison there's obviously a lot of personal drama involved bradley manning has struggled with his gender identity for a while now in two thousand and ten he wrote to his supervisor that he joined the army to quote unquote to get rid of it of course has been a struggle for him we heard his defense talk about talk about this but his attorney also said the stress that he was under was never an excuse because that's not would drove his actions. he said what drove his actions was a strong moral compas he said that because for most media here personal drama becomes the main story and it overshadows everything bradley manning has actually
done and it's easier to talk about his sex than about foreign policy and the human cost of war and that's what grabs the headlines and we see everybody jumping on it and then someone is going to watch the story and say ok this is where it's coming from and that kind of a narrative could be convenient for the government i mean the notion that bradley manning did what he did not out of conviction but out of his personal drama one way or another the accents get shifted in the story becomes about the personality rather than the issues that he uncovered and bradley manning supporters i mean if this supportive not not just as an individual too of course but mostly for for the public's right to know for the public's right to be informed on the on what their government is doing on their behalf and they of course see bradley manning sentence of thirty five years in prison as unjust and unfair after all they save many who committed murder got away with less than thirty five years bradley manning has received
a prison sentence that was ten years longer than the period of time after which many of the documents that he released would have been automatically declassified now bradley manning and his defense are submitting a request for a pardon from the president of the united states. has the power to pardon him but bradley manning also has supporters who were somewhat relieved by this clinton's i mean at least is not going to spend the rest of his life in prison as prosecutors wanted and the lawyer said he expects a he expects bradley manning one to be released on parole in seven years and we don't know how he's an announcement about the coming chelsea manning it will affect his parole hearing. maybe in seven years but there's hardly any chance president obama will pardon him and we especially in the current environment of the government's crackdown on whistleblowers. he's got an answer to can in no washington grant thank you very much manning could be released on parole but not
only that in twenty twenty one we could leaks that's called the sentence he received a strategic victory while justin roddick from the government accountability project says money doesn't deserve such five years in jail. time served which of course included nine months in solitary which even the judge found to be torture or unlawful pretrial confinement. but realistically given that the government was seeking ninety and then sixty and the defense was around twenty five thirty five it seems like a good a good outcome though obviously it's a very steep compared to any other whistleblower on espionage charges or to me that it's all about politics and has nothing to do with justice in terms of whether it's been heard at least in my office where we represent was so blowers it has not stemmed the flow of people coming forward and i think edward snowden is
a good example of someone who found the manning case and all of these espionage act prosecutions to be instructive. so what do you want to tell us about this story and on r.t. dot com where asking do you want a fact romley manning sentence could have and so far the majority of you say whistleblowers will not be scared away at all about fifteen percent of you believe the sentence will spark a major backlash and lead to even more leaks and if you less say a public outcry about ten percent it will leave. the sentence to be reduced while not many of you believe manning's example will stop others from blowing the whistle you can go to auntie dot com and have your say and take part in our life all. right to see. her struggle. and i think.
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life in prison for allegedly altering the killing of hundreds of protesters but agents for one leader hosni mubarak has been freed from prison have a bokken court on sunday but will now be preparing for both proceedings while under house arrest he's about true how small for. egypt's ousted leader hosni mubarak has left tora prison where he's been held for the last few years in undisclosed location where he will be under house arrest now he's been put under house arrest despite the fact that he walks free today because the prime minister said yesterday that basically according to emergency law she needs to be under house arrest and we're not sure what will happen to him after that but he is due for his retrial to start again on the twenty fifth of august which is in a few days now the reason that barak has been allowed to walk free today is because he has served his maximum amount of time that someone can spend in detention without being charged he was sentenced in june last year to guilty for being
responsible for the deaths of protesters however the appeals court found that trial to be. procedural grounds and therefore all the organized the retrial this means that basically the clock turns back to the end of the journey was divided volution as if he'd never been sentenced and therefore it's almost like he was never tried so they can't keep him in prison for any look much longer however he is still facing charges charges of corruption as well as being involved in the killing of protesters so he will continue his trial but will be kept outside of prison under house arrest. the forces of egypt's military backed interim leadership are involved in almost constant clashes with supporters of the president also. based award winning journalist. says the current situation is so bad that news of release has faded into the background. you how president the democratically elected president in jail but it. against human will but it's going to be released it's kind of
everything's been flipped over the news of his possible release was just a kind of cherry on top for everyone so much has happened so many people died that mubarak has faded into the background a little for a lot of people really seems like roaches the death of the protestors in eighteen days and then you compare the fact that grigory number who just died in one day last week kind of puts things in perspective for a lot of egyptians. russia is calling for a fact and professional investigation into alleged chemical attack near damascus moscow also denies any liverpool's that it blocks a u.n. statement on the he said toxic weapons in syria let's now get more from us he's. joining us now live from central moscow say international tensions are bring of course so with the recent chemical allegations can you tell us more well let me densify diplomatic. concerning the reports on wednesday that there was
a mass attack using chemicals in syria russia is demanding a thorough and professional and unbiased investigation into the matter this is according to the spokesperson of the foreign of the russian foreign minister alexander who said that none of the conflicting sides none of the sides involved in the conflict has any concrete information about the number of casualties in this incident on wednesday the rebels i'd like to remind your viewers are claiming that at least thirteen hundred people were killed as a result of the attack using chemicals in syria and it also pointed out that it's really unclear who was responsible for this attack because rebels are claiming that this was the assad forces using the gas but the russian foreign ministry says that from with sources it is believed that the rocket which carried the toxic substances was fired from the territory occupied by the syrian rebels also after an
emergency meeting of the un security council was held on wednesday in relation to that incident in syria there were there was speculation and there were some reports coming from several media outlets that russia blocked a joint statement from the u.n. security council members which also be announced eighty such accusations that this never happened and also in relation to this statement coming from the french foreign minister who said that if these allegations. of the use of chemical weapons in syria would prove to be correct then the countries of europe would have to respond with force he did not specify what kind of force would that be but a look at shave each pointed out that such a thing or use of force may only happen on the consensus of the whole of the un security council only through a joint decision of its members and this obviously hasn't happened yet all in all look at the all the recent allegations and another diplomatic tour and all surrounding syria is hampering any kind of peace process any kind of attempts to
find a peaceful solution in particular the geneva conference which was agreed upon in moscow by john kerry and sergey lavrov so obviously this story is far from over and we'll see more creative twists and turns that it's pretty much clear to us. indeed one season they say to shed skin line that thank you very much indeed for that. your inspectors already have permission to access the science of progress and the chemical attacks to expand that mandate and investigate wednesday's assault will have to get new approval from the syrian government and he will and civil rights activist brian becker explains the timing of that the draft it's highly unlikely asaad is behind it completely ludicrous that the syrian government would use chemical weapons at the very moment that the un is a launching its investigation about chemical weapons and especially since the syrian government has its advantage but none of it matters what really matters is
what the intention is of the white house and their their friends in london in terms of escalating their own intervention and i think the big goal of the of those who carry out the stage provocation is to disrupt any sort of negotiations that could lead to a positive outcome for the existing syrian government meaning that the forces of the civil war had not succeeded in this lodging the assad government that's their plan because they know without western intervention without escalated foreign intervention there is no possible way they can succeed on the syrian battlefield they don't have the popular support in syria and they don't have the military where with all to defeat the syrian government. and now for some news making headlines around the world and beyond and you are seeing right now right here our most recent pictures of the space walk under way outside the international space station russian cosmonauts for your chicken mazurka and are trying to add a new optical laser camera this is the fourth of six i'm going to respond to these
here with a russian team there recently broke the countries where call for the longest space walk but it doesn't always go as planned it turned an astronaut from the time the narrative escaped drowning after water leaks into his helmet during an outing backcountry. the french it was invalid to smoke after a fire not far from the eiffel tower one hundred firefighters were called in to battle the blaze near the historic hotel de condé at least it was found by a nearby motorcycle accident the flames left to meet a high column of smoke i mean over the compass for four hours after it was pitch dark. and a storage tank has league of three hundred tons of contaminated water into the ground at japan's fukushima nuclear plant side workers are currently in expecting hundreds of other storage tanks capped at the company leading cleanup operations as one of the talks equipped with may have already reached the ocean japan's nuclear
watchdog has clustered as the most serious crisis to hit the devastated area since the posts when i mowed down in twenty eleven. next the breaking news that digs deep into underground american rules that's just after this break. they say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and what obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stone incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much your feelings are hurt let's not mistake this cancelled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total
rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really sent a bold and possibly dangerous political message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g. eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the stone debacle but this grandstanding just comes across as silly passing something like a new jackson verda commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. right see. first choice. and i think you're.
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