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plus with police in ecuador. the wiki leaks. president accusing the whistleblower of turning. seven years into a. possible extradition to the us where he could be. conspiring with fellow whistleblower. freedom of speech activists say the charges are. coming up in the program made weapons may have been
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used against civilians in yemen according to reportedly from french intelligence. and environmentalist's. the headquarters of. climate change. in the u.k. . if your house was on fire and you were asleep i would. say to claim. the shell building is akin to saving people in the. safe the truth you want justified harassment you are justified you're justified. from moscow this is our to international just two pm here in the russian calcutta.
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this wednesday i mean you know neal you're welcome to the program we turn first to ecuador's company where protesters clashed with police following the arrest of wiki leaks co-founder in london last week. the protesters claim president lenin. to the united states right now is currently in washington where he accused the rest of the world stage and coordinating the ecuadorian embassy in london the president suspended just citizenship last week and terminated. to the arrest of the a string the national in the and the c. a sons was convicted by a u.k. court of breaching that bail and has also been charged in the u.s. with conspiracy to a computer government computer. faces possible extradition to the u.s.
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consul has been the issue but civil rights groups say some of the charges are based on any journalist mike take on those killed martin reports his arrest her fears for the freedom. what message does it send to the world that's the concern shared by the american civil liberties union the very body set up to defend civil freedoms in the united states the indictment is troubling nonetheless it characterizes as part of a criminal conspiracy journalistic t.v.'s that are not just lawful but essential to press freedom now much of the indictment focuses on hacking and conspiring with chelsea manning however it's this bit that has everyone talking. he was part of the conspiracy that assigns a man into commercials to conceal men and as the source of the disclosure of classified records to weaken leaks including by removing the user names from the disclosed information and delete in chat logs between man and the songe so trying to protect the identities of anonymous linkers and whistleblowers is now considered
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to be illegal well if that's the case american mainstream media should be in huge trouble intelligence sources tell and b.c. news the source tells n.b.c. news law enforcement and democratic sources telling c.n.n. that in a five sources two sources with links to the counter intelligence community according to anonymous washington post source take this article from the washington post. the washington post has obtained transcripts of two conversations president trump had with foreign leaders one with mexican president enrique pena nieto and to know that with australian prime minister malcolm turnbull the transcripts were prepared by the white house but have not been released the post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources so time to bring in the department of justice it's a criminal conspiracy to cover up the leaker right or take this one this one turned
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out to not actually be true it looks like somebody in the government is actually spreading disinformation who could that be well c.n.n. is protecting its source we have not anonymous sources we protect that for real reasons so the information that is important to the public through can get out of hand and sends donald trump has taken office hollywood has decided to celebrate the who wrote press the challenge the nixon administration back during the vietnam war . do you have the papers. at the time so seven thousand pages detailing how the white house has been lying about the vietnam war for thirty years. you're talking about exposing years of government secrets is that legal what is it you think we do here for a living so if you follow the logic of the indictment tom hanks' character is not a heroic journalist at all in fact he's a criminal and that points to another big question a number of voices have spoken up and said that it's ok to persecute and punish
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julian assange because quote he is not a real journalist but here's the thing the first amendment protects everyone whether you're labeled as a real journalist or not this is how the courts have explained it in the past as the supreme court has accurately warned a first amendment distinction between the institutional press on the speakers is unworkable the ninth circuit really believe that the world has changed and that everybody should be entitled to personal interactions so i do that of course julian assange to. protected fact that he's hiding that he's protecting his source that's what journalists do he's a publisher. leaks is an organization that publishes truthful pacified information that's in the public interest and under that definition he's definitely a journalist so at this point the u.s. department of justice is telling us that julian assange may have done a bad thing by trying to hack into top secret government files well nobody disputes that but the bigger issue may be what he actually was able to reveal wiki leaks
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made public a lot of information that angered powerful people and it seems that now they want him to pay a little up and r.t. new york well we should point out this all comes as julian assange has just been honored by the european parliament with a journalistic award he's been given the easy award for journalists whistleblowers and defenders of the right to information nobel peace prize laureate summer raid mcquire except that on his behalf. goes to show you have no son as a thank you i. yet the award he has been given was a stylish last year by a group of leftwing members of the european parliament it all marriage those who
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have been persecuted or intimidated for occurring the truth and exposing it to the public. is currently behind bars of course he won't be able to attend the ceremony required who we saw accepting the award for him once the hundred over to him personally some stage. i just think it's very important that we acknowledge julian assange for the great sacrifice that he has made for us saw one our must ask the question why didn't this happen before i nominated this year for the nobel peace prize for his work for pace and trying to end war and suffering of the people when he published true recchi lake's he knew he would be a wanted man and he was governor freedom i think we have to acknowledge julian assange and thank him and i want to do that personally for all he has done for us i was deeply shocked that julian assange who was arrested from there to dorian amber
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say so treated so badly julian assange is his human rights and he should be freed immediately and under no circumstances sent to america for a jury trial because if that happens we all become poorer and live in a very dark or for our children or speaking on our teams going underground show former pink floyd frontman roger waters presides the u.k. for not opposing a soldier's extradition. what they're trying to do trump and the rest of them and to raise them is they're trying to frighten would be truly innocent is who may provide this incredibly important service for the rest of us in society in the future trying to scare them off so they won't do it they are killing his son do you
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see him when he came out of the embassy he's been living he hasn't seen their hardly seeing daylight for six years having committed no crime just because donald trump the commander in chief once seemed dead he may very well end up dead that is why the british people he calls them as he was taken by those special branch offices into that van and driven away he called upon the people of great britain to resist i watched on the t.v. resist them and they should there should be a general strike in england to prevent him being extradited. our right to another of our headline stories today french made weapons that may have been used during the saudi led coalition's incursion into yemen not is
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according to leaks said to be from french intelligence they were made public by investigative website disclose which also say the weapons may have been used against civilians on for other war crimes. it demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of civilians live under the threat of these arms and provides information that allows us to demonstrate that some of these weapons may have been used to commit war crimes the french government is today aware of the risk of this. well in light of the revelations amnesty international call them france to suspend arms sales to saudi arabia president mcreynolds government has staunchly defended the seals and don't play their role in the conflict picking up the story for us this hour charlotte do bensky. france has long been criticized for supplying weapons to saudi arabia human rights charity said time and time again told the government that those weapons are being used to bomb schools hospitals and other civilian targets
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exacerbating the crisis in yemen a war that's left thousands dead and pushed millions to the brink of starvation the u.n. has even called what's happening in yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. but france has always hit back saying the weapons that it sells to saudi arabia only used offensively to defer attacks by the theses i'm not aware that french weapons have been used directly in yemen except that now appears to be contradicted
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by a classified note by the french military intelligence service uncovered following an investigation by a media outlet called disclose it was feels french weapons sold to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates are being used in the war in yemen but when pressed again in light of this new evidence the government's once again offered denials to our knowledge the french weapons available to the members of the coalition are mostly in a defensive position outside yemeni territory or on call issued rights of way but not on the front line and we are not aware of any civilian casualties resulting from their use in the yemeni theater france is not among the lead. arms suppliers of countries in gauged in yemen but that's hard to swallow given that this classified note was apparently provided to the french government in october twenty eighth it
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showed forty eight seas our artillery guns were being used along the saudi yemen border that tanks sold to u.a.e. are in action as to fight it jets while missile guiding technology may have been deployed. france's military agency note actually goes even further two friendships are serving in the blockade of yemeni ports directly leading to food and medical
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shortages that means that women and children can't access the food that they need nor medicines if they've been attacked now last year president mccone dismissed pressure to halt arms sales to riyadh after it was implicated in the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. st it's pure demagoguery to say stop selling weapons but they have nothing to do with mr has to not confuse these things but it is interesting to hear before knowing the facts say we will not sell more weapons already so more than france through the joint ventures they have on sales to saudi all big business for france between two thousand and eight and two thousand and seventeen it was the second biggest purchaser of french elam's with deals totaling more than eleven. billion euros meanwhile mark owen has talked about the ongoing crisis in yemen his country even hosted a humanitarian conference to discuss the issue but for many so far it's been all
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talk and little action as pockets continue to be lined or why the people of yemen face one of the world's most desperate plight. so it's even ski marty harris yeah of course we've been getting a lot of reaction to this including from a french p. who we spoke to his of the view that parses complicit in the civilian deaths and has violated international law by supporting the saudi led bombing campaign. continues to surprise weapons to the saudi led coalition. the coalition uses them as it wishes on one hand we cannot be sure how these weapons are used but on the other hand we can be sure of one through thirty percent of coalition attacks a direct to the great civilian targets. since we supply weapons that are being used
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in coalition strikes we help them deliver these strikes against civilian targets in other words we are violating the rules of international law and they have hit london's roads for the last two days have no environmental activists are threatening the real one should networks to get the climate change message that story and plenty more and what only ninety seconds they want this. you know world a big part of the lot and conspiracy it's time to wake up to dig deeper to hit the stories that mainstream media refuses to tell more than ever we need to be smart we need to stop slamming the door on the back and shouting past each other it's time for critical thinking it's time to fight for the middle for
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the truth the time is now we're watching closely watching the hawks. activity known as journalism is under assault and it didn't start with the trials of julian assange and wiki leaks once it was a noble to report on the nefarious activities of those in power now it is being criminalized free speech is now the privileged few. environmental group extinction rebellion has vowed to disrupt london reel and shoot
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lines after nearly three hundred activists were arrested after a series of protests brought traffic chaos to the british capital. of thousands of taking part in court in a bid to set down protests at the site since monday demanding action over climate change some vented their anger as well as the london headquarters of oil giant shell smushing windows and spring for a fee on the walls the number of the protesters had to say. i want my grandchildren i want everybody's grandchildren to be able to grow up to safely we are demanding that the government tell the truth. and they must do that because people don't know what they're doing is criminal all the governments across the world are parts of this and they are letting us down upon it die all you care
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system is now i and we all have to stop this and corporations use the demonstrations are part of a global campaign or going to say british climate group extinction rebellion which was formed last year the movement of. governments reduce carbon emissions to zero by twenty twenty five progress should be monitored by a public group to achieve its goals extinction rebellion promotes must civil disobedience stage rallies and more than thirty countries to date let's show you a little bit more of monday's demonstration to this time. we have demonstrated long enough we have the right and must now use the means of civil disobedience it's time to rebel. you know lots of people of course
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for these protests over climate change lots against the way it's happening including activist teacher tim jones under walker is a political commentator a new york observer columnist there in opposing corners take a look. the point that we're raising which is about the potential collapse of society and really seriously the end of the human race is now a real possibility so some disruption to a city compared to a collapse of a society that comparison is what we have to think about what these people believe that just because they think they're rights that anything that they do is morally justified that is an extremely dangerous and extremely on democratic positions and it's grossly unfair we are making a point by make by not harming anybody at all no life is harmed or threatened anything we do and we sometimes we do commit criminal damage and we do that to draw attention because nobody is listening to the terrifying severity of the of the
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evidence the relevance of what we're talking about if your house is on fire and you're asleep i would kick your door and come and try and save you so if you know it and then if you to complain about the criminal damage that i caused by kicking in your door to come and save you then that would be a little bit absurd to claim that smashing up the shell building is akin to saving people in a fire is absolutely offensive the truth is you are justified harassment you are justified bullying you are justified criminal climates rebellion the organization have said that they will not stop the protest all until carbon emissions go to zero within six years that means an end to vehicle transport an end to aviation and end to electricity and to this child blue plate a return to the stone age the idea that people do not believe in manmade global warming in this country is nonsense we've got ultra low emissions i would just been launched in london that's a fact diesel call's we've got
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a lot until tax which means that you have to recycle everything on less you want to pay a hundred dollars a tonne this is classic denial what's that got to what none of those things got anything to do with climate change ok or the or the collapse of. biodiversity in the world they've got nothing to do it so you're just distracting from what is a terrifying prospect and. i mean change is going to get worse and worse and worse more and more more quickly and if we don't act now even if it's not that they fast difficult then where we are completely are going to want to avoid bad language but we're in a bad way and the only way that we can do this is with radical action all of the scientists that have given predictions the world's going to end in five ten fifteen years all of those deadlines house passed and so they say well i just want to tell you that is what it's going right because i for the most of the i.p.c.c. predictions going back if you look back at what they said what happened they were massive underestimate especially if you look at things like the the decline of arctic ice they massively underestimate what has happened i'm going to bet you if you're dead as a result of climate change by sixty five that i will pay fuel for you don't give me
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it's not if you're still alive when you claim your pension when you'll still if you'll still live long enough to claim your pension then you've got to give me the in top if you also come for that that you're going to be dead by retirement age will you take that back ok you're on. to the damage rig by the devastating fire at the world not. drill in part this we drill footage here exclusively obtained by our video agency ruptly and they did as fronts comes to terms with the damage to the iconic building vigils have been held in the french capital. of firefighters battled the flames for nearly twelve hours and monday evening but not to fire most of the roof as well as lost many precious artifacts were saved
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from the historic building by human chain restoration work was underway after the time and investigators are looking at that and say for example source of the great many leaders on companies from around the world of express their sadness and willingness to help brava. team.
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hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle that can be known as journalism is under assault and it didn't start with the trials of julie massage and weiqi leaks once it was a noble act to report on the nefarious activities of those in power now it is being criminalized. free speech is now the privileged few. cross-like in journalism i'm joined by my guest john white in edinburgh he's a political commentator and writer in london we have george galloway he's a former member of parliament broadcaster and writer also in london we have michael patchett joyce he is a barrister with place chambers specializing in european international law cross-like rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i always appreciate i'm going to ask all three of you the same question from the very start here is journalism being criminalized george first in london yeah i think you're
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right to pin there's a systemic problem it's not just about julian assange this is just the latest station for the cross on the via dolorosa heading to the final demise of what's called freedom of expression here in this country and i think in other western countries we have the chilling effect of monopoly on or ship of the so-called mainstream media the chilling effect of the state broadcaster of the b.b.c. the chilling effect of regulators like of com which regulates this program today for example the chilling effect of the new regulators of the internet that are press but the government's statement in the week supposedly to fight think news but actually to enshrine.


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