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what's next for bradley manning a u.s. judge will decide on how much time the whistleblower will spend behind bars despite a strong army of those who say he should never have been tried in the. britain brings to bear terror powers to quash the debate on surveillance targeting publications journalists and even. but will it work we report on the media's reaction. and the political instability in egypt forces international investors to pull out leaving the country struggling not only for stability but also for economic survival.
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worldwide news live from moscow this is he with me rory sushi now eight am here in the russian capital let's get straight into it for you now a hero to some a traitor to others private bradley manning we'll hear a faint on wednesday when the u.s. judge decides what sentence he deserves for spilling hordes of secret government data to wiki leaks there's no doubt he will be locked up for the key question is for exactly how long it's going to details now from. just outside the courthouse and. well the judge is now deliberating bradley manning subtends the judge colonel to new zealand says she'll deliver the sentence wednesday morning manning faces a maximum of ninety years after he was found guilty of most of the charges against him including aspin knowledge in the closing arguments of the sentencing hearing the prosecution requested that manning spend no less than sixty years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website wiki leaks
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they say and doing so manning betrayed the trust of the united states and of his fellow soldiers but national security at risk and her diplomatic relationships that offense on the other hand urged the judge to be lenient they did not require an exact number of years but manning's attorney david coombs asked the judge to take several factors into consideration in order to give manning a fair sentence now these factors include manning is a young age who was twenty one years old at the time that he was deployed in iraq manning's troubled mental state was highlighted during the sentencing phase military mental health professionals testified that manning suffered from anxiety and a gender identity crisis who has also said manning had good intentions when he leaked u.s. secrets that he was he thought that he could spark a national debate possibly bring an end to the wars in iraq and afghanistan croons
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asked the judge to allow manning a chance at life and becoming a productive member of society the judge is now in the liberations. maryland list of all. america's first. languishing behind bars for the rest of his life although the obama administration has a history of pulling the plug was also brings us more on what exactly he did to get exactly what's coming. bradley manning was found guilty of espionage for leaking government secrets but let's take a closer look at how exactly this verdict breaks down now the first charge against him comes under the u.s. uniform code of military justice under article ninety two now of the five charges against him manning was found guilty of storing classified information transferring data onto his personal computer while he was based in the wrong manning was also found guilty of two charges under the computer fraud and abuse act of article one
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hundred thirty four but those violations brought to light what's been known as cable gate where than two hundred fifty thousand cables between state department officials and diplomats throughout the world now they date back from one thousand nine hundred sixty six all the way up to twenty ten now the army private was also found guilty of seven out of eight as charges but those violations brought to light hundreds of thousands of classified military logs related to the wars in iraq and afghanistan now they also included a shocking video of a u.s. army helicopter going down a group of civilians in baghdad including two voyagers new staff now secret files on the guantanamo bay detainees that revealed interrogation techniques as well as indefinite detentions and the video of the faroe massacre in which scores of afghan civilians mostly women and children were killed in an airstrike and of course much much more now bradley manning that may have broken the law but his supporters say that his actions shed much needed light on flawed or u.s.
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diplomatic military and intelligence operations and while manning may have been responsible for the biggest leak in u.s. history he's not the first nor the last american to blow the whistle on the government now more than four decades ago a former military analyst by the name of daniel ellsberg gave confidential documents about the vietnam war to the new york times and the washington post now he became the very first person to be prosecuted under the espionage act and the so-called pentagon papers revealed that the u.s. government had been drastically expanding military operations in vietnam. and that four successive administrations openly lying to the public about their true intentions meanwhile a former senior executive at the n.s.a. thomas drake he was charged with violating the espionage act two when he leaves classified documents to the baltimore sun now he had claims that if the n.s.a. used their resources more effectively it could have prevented the september eleventh terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of americans and of course
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triggered the subsequent invasions of of ghana stan and iraq now moving on to former cia official john kiriakou who faced up to thirty eight years in prison after he was charged by the government for leaking classified info to the press and he was the very first cia official to publicly confirm and detail the bush administration's use of waterboarding and while the charges against him filed under the espionage act were drawn up just part of a deal he is currently serving two and a half years in jail for his actions now the the us administration of barack obama has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the world war one era espionage act than all of his predecessors combined and he has this has raised concerns that future whistleblowers of government fraud and abuse are likely to think twice before speaking out this week after not reporting in moscow. will have a broadly about exactions done much harm to u.s. security not at all according to wiki leaks activist i'm. clock stukely.
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barack obama for example campaigned in two thousand a on the promise to protect whistleblowers and we've seen the complete reverse actually we've seen obama go after eight whistleblowers and and so i think what will really have a big impact on the future chances of clemency or a pardon would be winning the nobel peace prize i think it's very important that those who actually decide on the nobel peace prize winner take into account that over one hundred thousand people have signed the petition for bradley manning in the sentencing hearing we learned that there was no harm done by these leaks no one was killed no one was wounded several activists had to be moved around but that was about it and it's almost fifty fifty when it comes to public opinion to manning's disclosures aussie's more into port naya she went to ask the people of the big apple whether they give the thumbs up or thumbs down when it comes to his whistle
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blowing. it's very important what he did is really important and i don't think he should be punished for doing something that's very american i was going to trial but he you know what he did was against the law she's a young guy he's got his whole life ahead of him it's not like a serious thing where you deserve so much jail time you seem to sixty years or so years a long time i mean he obviously had his reasons for doing what he's doing and the government has a. reasons for doing what they're doing mostly just to i guess protect themselves protect the state's i think he's guilty i think he should go to prison not for sixty years but he should go to prison you know to sticky situation but sixty years sounds a little harsh i mean you have people who have committed worse crimes against other people being sentenced to last sound money i mean i would definitely have mixed feelings as well because i see the importance of national security. at the same
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time revealing work crimes always an important thing also for. just generally a human rights so i'm really kind of torn on the issue he's not a threat to people i think he is not going to go and stab somebody head for me but i think he could be put to work for communities rather than putting people in prison it's ridiculous. if indeed you've missed anything on the story just to check out all to dot com around the clock internet team has been keeping a close eye on manning's court saga providing more facts many opinions on the latest images for you as well. for me this is part of the trial even though i'm. telling. you. that he was. joining us on this wednesday
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morning here in moscow of course as r.t. from thwarting chinese spies to fighting. tara the british government's having a little trouble justifying its efforts to stamp out the surveillance debate but the lengths it's going to are causing an outcry journalists are threatening legal action rights groups are incensed and even they usually don't solve public is taking note artie's tester of syria investigates the story. you've had your fun and now it's time to return in the documents said the unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies only it isn't we were faced effectively with an ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would move to law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to work by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspapers also
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published size the what had gone on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives and computers which contained the very information the paper's been exposing a bizarre turn of events salaries moochers says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply do a problem erica not from london a twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after that attention of david miranda partner of the guardian journalist glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials around it was obtained under the u.k.'s terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among
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politicians and journalists and even david anderson the independent review or of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about watch their condoning defame. want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well the permission he's got would endanger the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for it no such reasons have been advanced and rand is an attention as well as the destruction of computers and the guardian's basement have one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become the story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech being laid
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bare the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice good healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following russ verges revelations especially considering that the press appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to master the internet this is the language that's being used internally to search sylvia r.t.e. london. and in the meantime the guardian says that instruction of its computers won't achieve anything as it will continue its coverage of surveillance from abroad german from the stop the war coalition points out the inherent irony here. it is hardly our role make isn't it. a british newspaper has
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a report from new york which does have very high levels of surveillance but i think it also tells you about the level of violence in britain about. the various violence that many people are extremely worried in this country that this violence is now a very serious part of government policy it's not about keeping us safe it's about making sure that they know everything they want to know about individuals who are in the you why challenge them and we have to really reject this and we have to oppose it in every way that we can and of britain's official independent review of terror laws is now calling for an explanation from the police saying that attention may have been beyond their powers and wiki leaks spokesperson kristinn hrafnsson told r.t. that his organization warned years ago that of course it would be the journalists who get targeted next you have been no warning about this for years let me remind you that three years ago when we keys was under massive attack even under dress
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threats and a journalist in the mainstream media did not come to our defense or even work directly against us we said you should to think twice because your next and this except what has happened in the escalation in the war on journalists and we see the phone records of a teacher at least in the states being seized we see an attempt to brand in the us journalists who were working with blowers i was coconspirators who could be prosecuted and now we see this recent develop in the u.k. this is part of an escalation against the freedom of the press and we want to do so years ago. so just how much of the net is being watched by the n.s.a. may have been previously under estimated a new report says the government's powers to intercept communications including those of americans may be far more sweeping than previously thought in fact speaking to r.t. ecuador's president rafael correa he told us that instead of ending the surveillance surveillance of its own people the west spends all of us energy
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hunting down supporters of whistle blow. it illegally prevent it up or something what is happening in europe is simply terrible we are talking about a responsible behavior on the part of various governments such as that of the united states surveillance cannot be tolerated instead of protecting their people who are being spied upon whole seal the deny airspace the president ever. it's scandalous fortunately lean seeing reaction from within america was moved strongly in just we didn't want it to happen which we reacted accordingly instead of defending the rights of their own people instead of rejecting surveillance they prosecute those suspected of helping snowden something must change in this world. and it's good to have you with us on this wednesday morning here on r.t. still to come for you in this program going all in to push for green i'll be having
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a look at how you're feeling kind of this campaign is have staged a horticultural invasion of one german tell. the meantime here on the program on r.t. as the political turmoil rages in egypt the country is plunging deeper into an economic abyss and now following the latest wave of deadly street violence international companies have started pulling their investment making the nation's future as uncertain as ever. reports. this is the place where egypt's creative minds meet and mingle for more than one hundred years they've congregated here gleaming inspiration from the famous faces watching down on them but the state imposed day because few has severely restricted the free flow of thought with strutting the use of the day and the hours and you feel that you are surrounded by by the curfew government offices now closer to thirty in the afternoon businesses close their doors an hour later the roads are
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clogged with traffic so if you want to get home before seven at night one of the irony is that now with the state of emergency there is no one on the streets at night so for the first time in weeks there is no shortage of fuel but there is an emerging shortage in foreign investment with some of the biggest international companies shutting down their operations and leaving thousands of egyptians without jobs electrolux is about to cut seven thousand employees and shell are said to shut up shop too but even those who until a few weeks ago were in power don't blame foreign investors for pulling out. a year what the initial is a direct result of instability and insecurity because of the depression investors are not feeling safe international community needs an atmosphere of freedom and encouragement and i don't think the government now after the coup can offer that but many like amir salim are suspicious of the withdrawal of western multinationals
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this leading egyptian lawyer believes his country is ultimately better off without them this is the plan. to be followed by the multinational companies are committed and the related to the united states is arrayed. map of roads in this region that's why if the eve for they will leave for a very temporary by why because they have interests here because not leave it the need us. maybe we don't need them but the fact is that the country is in economic freefall the value of the egyptian pound has plummeted to record lows and foreign currency reserves have dropped to less than half what they were in mubarak's time but right now the government is too busy preventing the country from descending into a civil war for economics to top its list of priorities the main issue that we are facing the budget deficit we have a huge budget deficit because the revenue or the tax revenue is lower than it
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should have been. the country's revenues are less high cost because. salaries have been raised for the police to. raise the. income so the main issue that we're facing in egypt is the budget deficit but for the few hours a day that the curfew is not in place he's egypt's think is can do nothing but watch and listen as they observe the chaos that is sadly become modern day egypt policy r.t. kyler. and the nobel peace prize laureate and egypt's vice president mohamed el baradei when i'll stand trial for breach of trust it's after he quit the interim government over the violent dispersals of protests just last week and r.t. has spoken to the advisor to the interim president for his view on where the current war is going to take the country claims it's just a matter of time before the society that ends up were directing the ideas put forth
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by the muslim brotherhood connect and when the muslim brotherhood exists as an idea as a group and as an organization i believe such clandestine organizations can't exist in the twenty. the first century in the same shape they were created one hundred years ago such organizations are the products of the era they are based on ideas that don't exist anymore as social ideology of the past this means that such organizations the muslim brotherhood included have lost their place among humanity the muslim brotherhood has lost a lot and has put itself in a position i had warned about in the past this happened because this movement went from an illegal struggle against the state to an open confrontation with the whole of society those who oppose society get rejected by it sooner or later. but this is a and there's a state of emergency in russia's far east as waters swamp
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a once flourishing region on our website you can check out a footage of the worst flood to hit the area in more than a century the devastation stretching for as far as the eye can see. desperate times call for desperate measures and examine drone hunting could become a new challenge for iranian pupils as the country's military hopes to bring a new security improving subject into the school curriculum. and i think. our before we get a break in the pro cannabis campaign is in one german town i found the not all
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folks way to go green auguring that part can actually be much less harmful than tobacco and alcohol they literally plant the seeds of an alternative opinion all over the place. of a report on what exactly they want to harvest. it's high time for a change in the law say activists in the university town the. scene a novel form of protest springing up is around a thousand marijuana plants were added to the leafy city this autonomous group wanted to raise awareness and to get publicity for their cause which was legalization of marianna and they just want people to stumble over the plants was just something that you would find on your way to work or on your way across town despite an active program of weeding out the weed by authorities it isn't hard to find a spot where the surreptitious seeds have sprouted. in fact what we can find here
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is that very plant and you can find them in all sorts of random places like this one those behind the planting who call themselves a few autonomous flowage children also held an online photo contest to gather pictures of the best birds which the police told me is very handy when it comes to tracking down the pesky plants. we first got wind of it when someone saw this online contest this is a very big and a very green city the best way for us to find them was to look for landmarks in the picture. many have passed off this stunt is a bit of student high jinks towards the end of the academic year however this could be the start of something far bigger say those in the legal profession i think that this. is an act of civil disobedience should be a starting point for a much wider discussion on legalizing all kinds of drugs are not doing it i am not
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. made up my mind to it but we should have this discussion supporters of the activists believe that used responsibly cannabis could be fun a less dangerous than things like alcohol and tobacco many people think that you can actually consume it. i'm simply. and as soon as you have that responsible approach towards consumption then it should not be a problem to legalize that supplying the drug carries a prison sentence in germany so far no one connected with the raising of this crop has faced any legal action due to the ability of the plant meaning it can grow just about anywhere don't expect these pots pioneers to give up their campaign any time soon. r.t. good to get germany and staying with germany as we head into the r.t. world update now immigration tensions of turned into street violence left wing anti fascist activists clashed with police and berlin as the crowd protested against the
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national democratic party and the members of the n.d.p. recently staged their own rally outside an accommodation block for asylum seekers they oppose illegal immigration saying it's damaging german culture for the party founded back in the one nine hundred sixty s. has been for people accused of being a racist organisation. to american our school has been evacuated in georgia offer a gunman with an assault rifle fired shots as teachers helped everyone to safety and police stormed the building and i rest of the man after a short firefight it was december of last year that another gunman adam lanza killed twenty six people most of them under the age of seven and of course the sandy hook elementary school massacre about a new spot to shoot debate on american arms policies. or as promised one ought to be off to the break as i'll be modern she takes a look at the protests against a lawsuit allowing the u.s. government to indefinitely detain american citizens without injury
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you're going to see a little white house chief of a. radio guy and a minister of a clue. what we're about to give you never seen anything like this i'm told. so long guys yesterday i had the amazing opportunity to take a break in the set on the road to new york city and we set up shop right outside of the thurgood marshall courthouse downtown were groundbreaking the trial was taking place and what might be one of the most historic civil liberties pieces of our generation and group of activists and journalists are seeking justice in a lawsuit against the federal government it's called hedges versus obama and it's a lawsuit that was filed last year over so.


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