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bradley manning reveals he'd like to spend the rest of his life as a woman called chelsea and says he will request a presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years for leaking america's secrets. government pressure on britain's guardian newspaper over the publishing of n.s.a. leaks causes the european council to ask london exactly why it's resorting to intimidation tactics. and life out of prison egypt's deposed leader hosni mubarak has left jail for health arrest despite facing retrial on charges he ordered the killing of protesters our top stories this hour.
international news in coming live from studio center here in moscow has just turned nine pm here this is the whistleblower bradley manning's defense will follow requests to the u.s. president to have the former army private manning 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 like to be known as chelsea manning and the rest of his life as a woman what he's going to as the details. at lehman he 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 the friends talk about talk about this but he's
attorney also said the stress that he was under was never an excuse because that's not what drove his actions he said 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 he wants to be referred to as chelsea and he has released a statement saying he is female i've been running in the senate he wanted to become a woman and chelsea 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
they supported not not just as an individual but mostly for the public's right to know for the public's right to be informed 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 leads would have been automatically declassified that bradley manning and his defense are submitting that we. when the president of the united states has the power to pardon him but bradley manning also has supporters who were somewhat relieved by this sentence i mean at least there's not going to spend the rest of his life in prison as prosecutors wanted but there's hardly any chance president obama will pardon him really especially in the current environment of the government's crackdown on whistleblowers well money could be released on parole but no earlier than twenty twenty one we could leaks is called the sentence
he received a strategic victory well just in ruddock from the government accountability project says that he doesn't deserve thirty 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 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 to me that it's all about politics and has nothing to do with justice in terms of whether a spend heard at least in my office where we represent whistleblowers that 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. and we want to know what you think about this story . we're asking you what effect bradley manning sentence could have that's what we're all here on our home page on our online poll that are to dot com and these are the results so far the majority say that whistleblowers will not be deterred about fifteen percent believe that the sentence will spark a major backlash and lead to even more leaks and a little less say that a public outcry could lead to the sentence being reduced and we can see that the minorities have dissent not many believing that many for example will stop others from blowing the whistle as the result so far this one dot com good to hear from me if you haven't already done so take part in our live online poll. to see. her street. and i think you're.
going to. be. a judge has ruled british police won't be able to fully inspect a laptop or other items taken from the partner of a journalist who is involved in publishing n.s.a. spy leaks they were miranda was detained and questioned for nine hours under the terrorism act in britain the british government's been under fire ever since detaining him as well as forcing the guardian newspaper to destroy files containing n.s.a. data on his door smith has moved from london. 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 they want his belongings returned they don't want any further searches performed against him he of course was detained at
heathrow for nine hours and questioned all his it electronic devices taken away his passwords got out to pay him for investigation by the security services we actually have got a small clip of what his lawyer said for example today that in order for the home office and lead to look at the material to be a genuine threat to your. belief. your brother then make clear that they have done today so that's more embarrassment for the government potentially on top of what is turning into really in a 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 the decision it now. becomes clear to destroy the files belonging to the guardian that were released by edward snowden a 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 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 in the spotlight regarding press freedom especially in eastern europe europe has been commenting the situation and angry 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 actually do post certain questions we're asking some background information from the government and i'm pretty sure we will receive a response there are a lot of questions in this case and hopefully in an effort to plug some of those holes i'm talking to dia chakravarty from the freedom of india thanks for being here now we've been talking about the destruction of the information at the guardian newspaper this slashing of hard drives and discs 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 lives it 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 of the hardest seems like nothing but a point his piece of symbolism which is his words are just word for it because as you say there are copies of it available elsewhere and we know from since when the
. matter snowden controversy broke we know that journalists no longer. exchange data electronically you know so now do you think 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 the security of our security pass and just don't have any idea how it. how data can be transferred electronically how these things work both of those things are pretty serious concern and so now the thing that got the guardian those who said that was that these paper was threatened with legal action if it didn't surrender these files something they're calling prior restraint so 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 white. second world war two to protect the location of military units things like that precedent in terms of precedence we've 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 a military person or a visit of bruce. bruce attack one person previously which is of no use to sort of which doesn't have to be in public domain about you don't know need to know about it but those things have to be defined very narrow congress go ahead and use them for any old case we'll be following this story as it unfolds and it comes as we've both said more and more bizarre. after being implicated in world wide surveillance america appears not to be targeting those who help users protect themselves against the n.s.a. spying is the owner of a secure email service used by whistleblower edward snowden is locked in a court battle with the u.s. government after being forced to shutdown the here's a statement that all of a bit owner the dark made two weeks ago when he took his service off line indicated that u.s. authorities demanded information about his customers or else but according to him that would amount to
a crime against the american people so he took the service off line lives and isn't allowed to disclose many details because of ongoing court proceedings but he did explain his decision further to my colleague the transom. 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 on line 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 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. from other email providers 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 threat dot com to find out more about what the security agency revealed about itself. it was toppled journey arab spring and is facing life in prison for allegedly
ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters but egypt's former leader hosni mubarak has been freed from prison he'll be back in court on sunday but will now be preparing for those proceedings while under house arrest are to build true has more . egypt's ousted leader hosni mubarak has left tora prison where he's been held for the past 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 which is in a few days now the reason that has been allowed to walk free today is because he has 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 deletion as if you've never been sentenced and therefore it's almost like he was never tried so they can't keep him in prison and he looked much longer however he is still facing trudges 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 ousted president morsy. award winning journalist. the current situation is so burned the news of mubarak's release has faded into the background. you how president the democratically elected president but it. is going to be released it's a kind of. the news of his possible release was just
a kind of cherry on top for everyone so much has happened so many people have died that mubarak has faded into the background a little for a lot of people when you think there was a speedy trial for which the death of the protestors in eighteen days and then you compare the fact that a greater number of history died in one day last week kind of puts things in perspective for a lot of egyptians ten sixteen minutes past the hour. still ahead for you this hour a zero hours contract means zero guarantees of a million brits facing being left penniless despite having jobs and firms use the economic crisis as an excuse to employ people with no promise of payment. also still to come to react with force sprawl the international community to take serious action if allegations that the syrian government used chemical gas against civilians all confirmed formats of all the stories after this break.
i'll talk about language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the reports from. the pollution and no i will leave that to the state department to comment on your latter point among please. mr kerry you have a car is on the job here no. thank you no more weasel or. what you say to direct question he prepared for a change when you when you should be ready for a. freedom of speech and let down the freedom to crush. first strike. and i think your.
news continues here on the russia was calling for a fair and professional investigation into an alleged mass chemical attack near damascus moscow also denies early reports that it blocked a u.n. statement on the use of toxic weapons in syria but he's like she is following the brewing international tensions. intensifying diplomatic tensions 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 are claiming that at least thirteen hundred people were killed as a result of the attack using chemicals in syria 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 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 blow off a joint statement from u.n. security council members which also denounced any such accusation says that this never happened and also in relation to this statement coming from the french
foreign minister who said that eve 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 shea which pointed out that such a thing a use of force may only happen on the consensus of the whole of the u.n. security council only through a joint decision over its members and this obviously hasn't happened yet all in all look at the all the recent allegations and another diplomatic tour and wall 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. even as i asked the syrian government to allow chemical arms inspectors access to the site of the recent attack historian mark almond i spoke to a little earlier he's been closely following the conflict he says there were no
indications whatsoever that assad was behind the assault the syrian government would have to be not only very brutal but very stupid to have done this in a period when u.n. chemical weapons inspectors are just down the road in damascus secondly you would have seen if they had done this if they had launched a very large scale for surely they would have sent in special troops under the cover of the chaos caused by such an act occupy the area in order precisely to prevent kind of films and pictures of merging politically to center around the world by the opposition this after all this american trial by the opposition so far the problem arises with the demands of syrian government permit experts to visit to see the syrian government doesn't control the scene of the crime if his crimes were committed it's up to the rebels yet we see no attempt to press for rebels to cooperate so in fact it seems to be probably designed to embarrass the syrian government so why don't you let the experts go to the scene where in fact they
don't control the scene couldn't guarantee their security or even possibly enable them to enter the areas where these attacks were supposed to have taken place. if you miss something. it could take you to a website or t. dot com and here's what we have. today a huge blaze which destroyed hundreds. of new yorkers has forced dozens to flee you can watch this far breathing footage or not in motion page right now. and straight to our you tube channel russian style holidays just imagine relaxing and sunbathing on the russians russians western city of kaliningrad when this monster of a hovercraft decides to hit the beach to about surprises you tube slash. desperate for any kind of job low paid workers in the u.k. are being caught in the trap of what's become known as zero hours contracts. a world where employment doesn't mean there's any work or any money. you have
a job but you don't know when you'll if you'll be paid that's the reality for a million brits employed on zero hours contracts donald says admitted that it employs ninety percent of its u.k. workforce in this way stuff are expected to be ready for work in the mornings in case best summoned by their bosses they also have the right to refuse shifts crucially though there's no guaranteed minimum set of working hours per week hence the zero and that's why this man in his twenty's is almost zero hours contract with a well known restaurant chain every morning he waits for the call telling him whether or not he'll have work. as it were you working there to be able to. make that much profit this week so actually we're trying to stuff as we can you guys can all be cut and we'll just do it on three stuff this week is complete and for the government has promised to investigate the controversial employment amidst
concerns that leaving an increasing number of brits in financial limbo with few rights pay their stability. no guarantee of other jobs or wasn't making enough money to pay the rent was falling behind as the number of zero hours contracts is short time picturing the recession some economists forecast that employers will return to hiring because on better terms when the economy recovers the trade unions buying it in recent months and years we have start to see a growth of. particularly among the public sector workers no longer are these small groups of workers who are employed on temporary employment in some sights is this type. of is becoming the norm macdonald sports direct dominoes and even buckingham palace as employees they've been accused of exploiting people desperate for any kind of it's part of the race to drive down the terms and conditions the pay. of
all working people i've brought from a big business to use in the history measures in the government economic crisis as an excuse to use these contracts but business representatives say that the financial crisis is forcing companies to use zero hours contracts so those people that criticize your hours contracts have got to recognize the impact that that would have on unemployment levels it's actually the flexibility that offers wasn't available to employers i don't think it would be acting as the kind of employment stabilizer we're seeing it work out but terms of these contracts may see the bosses but many of the young people on them say that while they're on zero hours they've got zero chance of any financial stability i think they're the wrong no i think they should so i think they should shouldn't be less extreme than they are because it was it doesn't happen that you don't have zero hours and you can sort of expect that at some point you made. arty london. now for
some news making headlines around the world at this stage of the day we're seeing here the most recent pictures of the space walk under way outside the international space station russian cosmonauts your cheek in a trying to a new optical laser camera this is the fourth of six outings planned for the russians were recently brought the country's record for the longest space walk but it doesn't always go as planned italian astronauts. narrowly escaped drowning after water onto his helmet during an outing back in july. the french capital was enveloped in the smoke after a farm not far from the eiffel tower hundred four fighters were called in to battle the blaze near the historic hotel the common they say was sparked by a nearby motorcycle accident flames left two kilometer high column of smoke hanging over the capital for hours after it was put in. a storage tank has leaked three hundred tons of contaminated water into the ground
at japan's. nuclear plant site workers are currently inspecting hundreds of other tanks kept there tepco the company has leading the cleanup operations there has warned that the toxic liquid may have already reached the ocean japan's nuclear watchdog is classed as the most serious crisis to hit the devastated area since the post tsunami meltdown in two thousand and eleven. i'll be back with a news team with more news for in just a hoffa now from the mean time global issues and not debating with all these worlds but that's a program coming your way after this short break. they say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and while obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stoughton
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 cancel meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really isn't a bold and possibly dangerous but a call 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.
but with economic ups and downs in the final. day. sang i and the rest of life it's a neat. it will be every week. hello and welcome to worlds apart these really palestinian conflict has long been portrayed as the root cause of all problems in the middle east but the subjugation of palestinians as brutal and oppressive as it was.