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how many more. before we. realize this is not working and we actually do something about. ecuador is following me or rest of the wiki leaks founder in london president. the whistleblower turning. into. faces possible extradition to the u.s. where he could be tried on allegations of conspiring with fellow. freedom of speech activists say the charges are. friendship made weapons
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may have been used against civilians in yemen according to reportedly from french intelligence. environmentalist's attempt to disrupt the london raid. the headquarters of oil shale the climate change protests polarized opinion in the united. if your house is on fire and you were asleep i would. say. is akin to saving people is absolutely the truth you want. your job you're justifying. you may be tuning in from a right across the globe this hour a very warm. come to the russian capital this is our international i mean o'neill
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our top story and we begin in ecuador's capital where protesters have clashed with police following the arrest of wiki leaks co-founder julian assange in london last week. the protesters are claiming president. of the united states marino is currently in washington where he has accused the whistleblower of hosting and coordinating hunkers of the ecuadorian embassy in london he suspended his son just citizenship last week and terminated his asylum that led to the arrest of the a street in the embassy. was convicted by a british court all of a breaching b.-o. in twenty well he also faces possible extradition for being charged there with
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conspiracy to government computer but civil rights groups say some of the charges are based on actions that any journalist might pick. up in reports the rest raised 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 journalist to get d.v.d.'s that are not just lawful but essential to press freedom now much of the indictment focuses on 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
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to protect the identities of anonymous leakers and whistleblowers is now considered 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 that 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 i don't 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
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a leaker right or take this one this one turned 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 a 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 says seven thousand pages the killing of the white house has been lying about the vietnam war for thirty years. i'm 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
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a number of voices have spoken up and said that it's ok to persecute and punish 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. protect in fact that he's hiding that name he's protecting his source that's what journalists do he's a publisher. leaks is an organization that publishes truthful classified 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
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that but the bigger issue may be what he actually was able to reveal wiki leaks made public a lot of information that angered powerful people and it seems that now they want him to pay kaleb up and r.t. new york all the musical legend talking about just dance on today's going underground on our former pink floyd from roger waters house he bought the u.k. for not opposing moves to extradite a soldier. what they're trying to do trump and the rest of them and to raise them a is they're trying to frighten would be truly innocent jeez who may provide this incredibly important service for the rest of us in society in the future that trying to scare them off so they won't do it somebody like julian assange which willy nilly will be a progressive think thoughts why he chose to do the job that he chose to do they
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are killing a son do you see him when he came out of the embassy he's been living he has a say in hardly seeing daylight for six years having committed no crime 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. they resist them and they should there should be a general strike in england to prevent him being extradited. ok moving on no french made weapons may have been used during the saudi led coalition's incursion into yemen that's according to leaks said to be from french intelligence
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they were made public by investigative website disclose which also sees the weapons may have been used against civilians 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 honestly internationals called on france to suspend arms sales to study the present government has staunchly defended the seals and done played their role in the conflict and charlie has been delving deeper into the story. 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 b.c.s. i'm not aware that french weapons have been used directly in yemen except that now appears to be contradicted by a classified note by the french military intelligence service uncovered following
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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 one 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 leading 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 team it showed forty eight cs our artillery guns were being used along the saudi yemen
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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 shortages that means that women and children can't access the food that they need
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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. street demagoguery to say stop selling weapons 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 maclin 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 talk and little action as pockets continue to be lined all why the people of yemen
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face one of the world's most desperate plight. so it's even ski marty harris. a french impi we spoke to went as far as to say parra says complicit in the civilian deaths sun has violated international law by supporting the saudi led bombing campaign. continued even to france continues to surprise weapons to the saudi led coalition to 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 could be sure of one through thirty percent of coalition attacks a direct to the great civilian targets so since we supply weapons that are being used in code to shoot strikes we help them to deliver these strikes against civilian targets in other words we are violating the rules of international rule
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one. francis remains in shock after its iconic. cathedral in paris was wrecked by a devastating fire after a fifteen hour battle to put out the blaze and this is the scene they got the world heritage site drone footage up tamed by our video agency ruptly shows where the fire tore through its eight hundred fifty year old refund eventually brought down its famous spire an investigation is still looking into the cause as experts survey the damage well many precious artifacts were saved from the historic building which was undergoing restoration work out the time many world leaders and companies have expressed their sadness and willingness to help in the rebuilding process.
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still to come this hour a climate change protesters calls calles in london we put the environmental conundrum for debates with our guests out for this. but saying the numbers mean something they've matter the u.s.
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has over one trillion dollars in debt more than ten white collar crimes happen each day. eighty five percent of global wealth he longs to be ultra rich eight point six percent in the world market rose thirty percent somewhat one hundred to five hundred three per second per second and that one rose to twenty thousand dollars. china's building two point one billion dollars a i industrial park but don't let the numbers over. the only number you need to remember one one business show you know bored in this one and only boom but. the activity 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.
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just coming up to fifteen minutes into the program welcome back u.s. secretary of state mike pompei has announced that america has lifted a ban on lawsuits against foreign companies in cuba the decision is likely to affect the european union which is cuba's biggest trading partner our correspondent peter all of our has more. but talking about cuba's tourism industry the tobacco industry as well as distilleries on the island all of benefited from large scale foreign investment and all could be subject of lawsuits european union issued a letter from their top foreign policy person federica mockery and
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leading you commissioner on trade that's a letter to mike pompei o the u.s. secretary of state saying you follow through with this you courts will be looking at where they can punish u.s. businesses the e.u. will be obliged to use all means at its disposal including corporation with other international partners to protect its interests this could trigger self-defeating cycle of claims that will impair the business climate without bringing justice to holders of claims or impacting the situation cuba in any positive way now the particular piece of legislation dates back to one nine hundred ninety six every president since bill clinton signed it into being suspended one particular part of it to avoid a flurry of lawsuits from those who claim rights to property that was seized during the cuban revolution in one nine hundred fifty nine and its aftermath brussels is not happy about this and was able to get the extraterritorial application of the
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u.s. embargo is illegal it's contrary to international law i also personally consider it immoral we believe that this will harm us all that it will be self-defeating obviously this will create even more confusion more deterrence more confusion for foreign investments so why not just extend it no voyde all of these problems the reason for that is this has absolutely nothing to do with trade this threat of a tsunami of lawsuits against cuba is really intended to put pressure on her to walk away from nicolas madugalle in venezuela in the u.s. secretary of state in fact being quite transparent. that is the reason that they're plying this pressure to watch the political and diplomatic noose tightening around but today we will begin to do the same thing the cubans of us understand too that there will be a cost associated with their continued support of nicholas berg what we are seeing is donald trump living up to threats that he made that he wasn't afraid of a trade war and he will use trade as
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a stake when in order to beat those that aren't doing what he would like to see he would like them to do a trade war though a transatlantic trade war that benefits nobody in the long run it will be something that will both sides you would hope would be looking to avoid peter all over well we also heard from a lot in america expert spanish history professor who told us washington's move for . it's not. rational and that was why in the first instance in ninety six. the. government decided to use this is way. too real. mom was not going to be a part european union we. were going to say she. loved the united states it was
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a it was a war the question of course is why now. it's fine that could be part of the problem as well for the united states because. it will lose. if they take it. in international. tension to the u.k. where environmental group extinction rebellion has attempted to disrupt london's rail chub lines that's after more than three hundred activists were arrested over a series of protests that caused traffic chaos in the british capital. well since the start of the week thousands have taken part in coordinated sit down protests at sites there are demanding action over climate change vented their anger
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at the london headquarters of oil giant shell washing windows and spring graffiti on the walls what a number of the protesters had to say. i want my grandchildren know what 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 i doing is criminal all the governments across the world are part of this. and they are letting us die planet die all u.k. system is down i and we all have to stop this. because frankly as you just told us the demonstrations are part of the global come pain organized as we said by british climate group extinction rebellion that was formed last year the movement to moms governments reduce carbon emissions to zero by twenty twenty five progress should be monitored by a public group to achieve its goals extension rebellion promotes must civil disobedience on the stage rallies and more than thirty countries to date we can
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take a look now at monday's demonstration in berlin. like you do. we have demonstrations long enough we have the right and must now use the means of civil disobedience this time to rebel. only issue of climate change has placed activist teacher tim jones under walker political commentator and new york observer columnist in opposing corner. 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 i think stream the own democratic positions of. making a point by make by not harming anybody and so no life is harmed or threaten anything we do and we sometimes we do commit criminal damage and we do that to draw
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attention because nobody is listening to the terrifying severity of the of the evidence that is relevant to what we're talking about 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 this affects diesel call's we've got a lot until tax which means that you have to recycle everything on less you want to pay a hundred dollars a toll and this is classic denial what's that got to what none of those things are 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 climate change is going to get worse and worse and worse all of the scientists that have given predictions of the world's going to end in five ten fifteen years all of those deadlines have passed and so they say well that's also because i do that as well because right because life and most of the i.p.c.c. predictions going back if you look back at what they said what happened they were massive underestimate specially if you look at things like the decline of arctic
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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 get me upset 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 had said if you also come for that that you're going to be dead by retirement age will you take that bet look at your own life or moscow this is our to international stay close for more great programs right ahead.
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where did you work before you came here. and then many us states capital punishment is still practiced convicted prisoners can spend years waiting for execution but most of the time the victims' families they are very much in favor of the death but there are some people because of what they did given up the right to live among us. and. before we. realize this is not working and we actually do something about. it.
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you're watching the season finale of going underground with me afshin rattansi just hours after european parliamentarians awarded julian assange its most prestigious prize for journalists whistleblowers and defenders of the right to information we will ask the un special rapporteur on torture by the british capture and imprisonment of the wiki leaks founder but first straight to new york to speak to legendary pink floyd front man roger waters about whether the actions of theresa may donald trump in london merino against just symptomatic of rogue states. well jeff thanks for coming on the show let's just start with what went through your mind when you saw the pictures of his sons being dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy in london by british police we had been warned for several days because wiki leaks had got wind of the fact that they were going to actually do this but to see them physically carrying him out. special under no special branch as pows and
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putting him in that van and driving him away was absolutely chilling to think that the u.k. has become such a willing accomplice and satellites of the american empire that it would do such a thing in contravention of all lords moral ethical and actual legal restrictions is absolutely stunningly appalling and makes me ashamed to be an englishman i know you have campaigned against environmental destruction in ecuador under the lenin merino administration what do you think is behind the decision to let u.k. police in to the embassy to capture him jump ill just said on this show that it would be a warning from history they bribed him with the promise of a four point seven billion i.m.f. loan i may say that culminate does not end with getting merino to
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give up julian assange. also they have plans to let chevron start drilling for oil in ecuador's most important national park which is a travesty beyond all imagination but let's stick to judea and the lower in the united states. off to the patcher tax and one zero two two one zero two one the amendments to it citizens barely have rights anymore everything is at the whim of the commander in chief and the commander in chief is anything is allowed now there is no law there is no recourse to the law something i've written about in lots of my songs over the years because it's when the law goes. that we find ourselves pitched into. wars and this team at the moment bolton abramson trump
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