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find out what's really happening to the global economy cars report on r g. masacre or mass hysteria also you struggle to confront claims by the syrian rebels that government forces have carried out a major chemical weapons attack near damascus the alleged incident comes just days after your investigators arrived in the bull's home state. of next for bradley manning you was judge will decide on how much time the whistleblower will spend behind bars despite a strong all the of those who say he should never have been tried. britain brings to bad it's just terra powers to quash the debate on surveillance targeting publications journalists and even best tunnels but will it was a report on the media's reaction.
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to russia under on the wall this is the was me your national hello and welcome to the problem. damascus is denying music claims about an unprecedented chemical weapons massacre outside the compas so the saudi owned media network. a super and rebel group is reporting that hundreds of people have been killed in the unconfirmed attack in east and the area has been this scene of heavy fighting between opposition fighters and the army and all of this just days off that you want to specs has arrived in syria to probe early reports of chemical killings aussies correspondent in the region port of syria has the details for us now. ports suggests that the attack was on the rebel held areas of eastern damascus according to our arab which is a saudi arabian network activists at the syrian revolution c'mon council say that
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regime fighter jets these are forces loyal to the syrian president bashar assad flying over the area off to a thought my god meant using chemical agents the numbers are not clear all i would be is reporting that more than six hundred people have been killed but mainstream networks to say dozens have died now we have spoken to the information minister we've also spoken with people living not far from this area and none of them have confirmed the attack but as you can well imagine the reports are creating a massive storm on social media and everyone is discussing this a lot of b. as i mentioned is saudi arabia's network and saudi arabia has its own agenda inside syria it is anti the president bashar assad and so it is possible that these reports are a way of pushing saudi arabia's agenda against the timing certainly is significant it comes at a time when united nations inspectors have come to syria to conduct to probe into
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the use of chemical weapons the situation regarding chemical weapons is very clear the united nations says that it has received up to thirteen reports of usage of chemical weapons inside syria one of those reports coming from the damascus regime and the race coming mainly from the united united kingdom france and the united states both sides of the conflict both the rebels and the government have denied using any kind of chemical weaponry but back in may the united nations independent investigator khalid appointer said that they was strong suspicions that the rebels have been using the illegal sarin gas for months unverified video clips showing purported victims of chemical weapon these these victims choking foaming at the mouth and displaying other possible symptoms of chemical usage in syria. i've been making their way onto you tube some journalists have also allegedly interviewed victims of chemical attacks inside syria of course each side in the conflict has
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accused the other of using chemical weapons each side having its own agenda and outside that nation is backing the government in the rebels have also gotten involved generally backing their allies version of events so all of this really has become part of political manipulation president obama has declared that if there is any proof that chemical weapons have been used this would be a red line that would trigger american involvement inside syria. and my colleague spoke to william and political analyst and also of myths lions and all was who believes the report is nothing short of. me to compare. the syrian government the assad government has absolutely nothing to gain by using chemical weapons and they know that. i think the key point here is is the point that you heard obama made this very unfortunate statement putting themselves that
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is proof of chemical weapon use by by the government has demonstrated that's the red line for u.s. military involvement no fly zone the whole saying and. this has become now the line in the sad issue between war and not war on the side of the u.s. and nato in syria so it's no surprise that the saudis who are quite abit backers of a regime change. slowly in this in their in their news media to try to create the impression i think of the. gas attack by the assad government. as a state of emergency in russia's far east as waters smaller ones for the russian region as flood levels in the area beat all time records there are fears if they rise just one reason more people cities will be destroyed as a major have the stories coming out. a hero to some
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a traitor the others private bradley manning we'll hear his fate on wednesday when a u.s. jurors decides what sentence he deserves for spilling hordes of secret documents data to weaken leaks there's no doubt he will be locks up but the key question is for how long the details now from his lays will those outside the court in maryland . well the judge is now deliberating bradley manning suntans 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 anti secrecy website wiki leaks 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
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relationships that offends 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 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 coombs asked the judge to allow manning a chance at life and becoming a productive member of society the judge is now in the liberations.
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maryland liz wall or two. and while brown gave manning could become america's first speaker to end up languishing behind bars for the rest of his life the obama administration has a history of silencing silencing whistle blowers and brings us more on what exactly you did to get what's coming to. 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 was comes after the u.s. uniform code of military justice under article ninety two now of the five charges against a man was found guilty of storing classified information transferring data onto his personal computer while he was based in the wrong now manning was also found guilty of two charges under the computer fraud and abuse act of article one hundred thirty four but those violations brought to light what's been known as cable gate within 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
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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 longest 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 book one tunnel bay detainees that revealed interrogation techniques as well as indefinite detentions and a 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. diplomatic military and intelligence operations and while manning may have been responsible for the biggest leak in u.s. history he's neither the first nor the last american to blow the whistle on the government now more than four decades ago
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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. four successive administrations openly lying to the public about their true intentions meanwhile a former senior executive at that and say 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 triggered the subsequent invasions of of gamma stan and iraq now moving on to former cia official john kiriakou who faced up to thirty years in prison after he was charged by the government for leaking classified info to the press and he was
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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 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 likely to think twice before speaking out this is not reporting in moscow. so bradley manning's actions done much home to u.s. security no such holes things we can leaks acts of istanbul got starkly broke obama for example campaigned in two thousand and eight 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
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a big. 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 fiftieth's when it comes to public. disclosure is she's more in a partner i went to ask people in the big apple whether they give a thumbs up or down when it comes to his whistle blowing. he'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 really i will join as a trial but he you know what he did was against the law he's
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a young guy and he's got his whole life ahead of him and it's not like a serious thing where you deserve so much jail time that he seems harsh 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. reason 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 for sixty years we should go to prison you know to sticky situation but sixty years sounds a little harsh i mean you have people who are committed worst crimes against other people being sentenced to last south. i mean i would definitely have mixed feelings well because i see the importance of national security. at the same time revealing work crime is always an important thing also for. just generally a human rights so i'm really kind of torn on the issue he's not
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a threat to people i think he is not going to stop somebody hopefully but i think he could be put to work for communities rather than putting people in prison it's ridiculous the sentence will renounce later today and where will the keeping out thing go on the policy of the latest developments from the courthouse at a fort meade station for our special coverage at two pm chante. he says. even. though you know that. you. always go back to a top story that of the unconfirmed report of unprecedented chemical attack near damascus in syria the u.k. is demanding the shoes immediately taken to the un security council while the arab league says the incident should be investigated at once and let's not talk more about this was before the and international affairs analyst patrick having said
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patrick welcome to aussie good to have you with us all we have now unconfirmed reports but media sources that quote see when rebels and they put the number of kills to more than a thousand now do you think they are reliable sources and if it is can fund be have taken place do you think that the syrian army. could have carried out it. you know this is a very strange situation we find ourselves in here were the washington and london are putting the burden of proof on the assad government damascus when in fact the burden of proof should be on the users of this particular event there's no evidence to suggest exactly what happened we only have reports from like you said opposition activists in damascus so we don't know what happened and we don't know how it happened until you just discern those two things it's going to be very difficult to
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jump to conclusions anything to this point is speculation indeed but would the government result talk knowing the u.n. investigators are in the country right now. well it's funny reuters the word reuters report came out saying obviously that they cannot confirm independently these events in jane's international also reported to reuters that it doesn't make any sense for the syrian government to deploy a chemical weapon only miles away from the very hotel that the u.n. weapons inspectors have booked into only a few days ago so they see this is a distraction and of course if we look at the history of this particular region the region where the attack this is said to take place is very active with the front and they've also been implicated in using makeshift chlorine bombs in aleppo back in march so there is a track record there the evidence unfortunately does not stack up with these
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present claims of the syrian government perpetrating these attacks and it's still clear why i think is that being pointed at the government of the syrian golan because this is a government which has chemical weapons don't. yes well again this is all to this point in the u.n. doe this is why the u.n. team is in damascus to investigate these claims unfortunately washington and london and paris drew a red line its last year in two thousand and twelve that said if any side deploys chemical weapons then that will be the pretext for military intervention either by nato or some sort of coalition force back backed by a u.n. resolution and of course who benefits from a chemical attack in syria while the opposition benefits it's quite obvious the syrian government does not benefit the opposition benefits because this would be the key to unlock the. airstrikes and bombing campaign over syria
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all of libya is a little bit off as she would like a libyan style coalition with nato in order to force the regime out of power in damascus so they clearly benefit from any reports of a chemical attack in syria. and. the number of killed at more than six hundred while other mainstream media talk about just dozens of victims why is this such a difference. well i believe you have to also consider the source i believe. has certain affiliations with certain gulf states who might also have an interest in this particular conflict already so you might see even more exaggerated reports on certain so i'd say but again there's no independent verification it's just simply anecdotal and then you end up to this point so we can't you know it's pure speculation what exactly what has happened. but the timing of it is very. apt to say indeed pulled. off as honest patrick having some patrick thank you
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very much indeed thank you thank you. this is all she will bring you more news after this short break. told you my language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the reports so let me put a no i will leave that to the state department to comment on your letter play safe . secure because i'm going to talk you know. no more weasel. when you made a direct question be prepared for a change when you. get ready for a. freedom of speech and a little bit of the freedom to. right
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. first. and i think you're. going to. be an. eye. color again this is. from a small sing chinese spies to fighting terror and the british government's having a little trouble justifying its efforts to stand by the surveillance debate but the lengths is going to and a causing outcry journalists are threatening legal action rights groups are incensed and even the usually don't public is taking notice of his stress and see their reports. you've had your fun now it's time to return to the documents so the
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unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies 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 be moved 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 newspaper is also publicized 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 major 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 have. back to them or allow the courts to freeze
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our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply america. a twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after the detention of david miranda part of the guardian journalist and glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials were random was detained under the u. case terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among politicians and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer 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 once they condoning if they want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from
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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 endangered the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for no such reasons have been advanced miranda's new tension as well as the destruction of computers and the guardian's basement has 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 is being laid back 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 healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following his revelations especially considering that press appears to be at stake the business of reportings a kid. early and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these
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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 does or cilia r t london and we can expire expanse and kristinn hrafnsson told r.t. that his organization warned years ago that i would be the journalists next at hiring line you have been no warning about this for years let me remind you that three years ago when we were under massive attack even under draft threats and the 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 that's exactly what has happened in the escalation in the war on journalists and we see the phone records of a.p. journalists 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
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prosecuted and now we see this recent develop in the u.k. this is part of an escalation against the freedom of the president we weren't about to say years ago. just how much of the net is being watched by the n.s.a. may have previously been underestimated and your pool says the government's powers to intercept communications including those of americans may be fun mostly been done previously thought and speaking to see i quit as president rafael carette who gave a side of the julian assange has told us that is stead of ending the surveillance of its own people the west spends all its energy hunting down supporters a whistleblowers. it to me but i don't get that what is happening in europe is simply terrible we're talking about irresponsible 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 wholesale they did not a airspace to prison even miraculous it's scandalous fortunately the ensuing
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reaction from latin america was both strong and just we did not want it to happen but we reacted accordingly instead of defending the rights of their own people and instead of rejecting surveillance they prosecute those suspected of helping snowden on something must change in the world. and always plenty of stories on our website for you including a ticking time bomb the threat level of the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant is about to be raised to serious as the operators has contaminated water switch from one of the tongues but can't even track waves. and desperate times call for desperate measures and examine drawn 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. one of the biggest cities in russia's far east is on the verge of literally drowning about of being
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swarmed by the west flood it has ever seen and if levels of rains rise just the me some more it could ruin the key infrastructure. is in the region bring us the latest authorities here in the region are cautiously optimistic that the worst has passed in the water levels are beginning to recede however that is not the case but age particularly in the city of how about oscar which is on the threat of becoming a summer just the administrative center of russia's far reaching also the second largest city behind drought of all stop water levels that have already broken records are continuing to rise now russia's emergency services heading east we're going to join them. now from the skies the damage told by the floods is political will to see one point five million hectares of land submerged under water affecting around one hundred fifty communities of attention is now shifting least up until now it's being maybe a little communities affected by the floods but there's
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a real concern to the city the public option is about to be submerged work is on the continuing to run the flow twenty four hours a day it's a pull to buy this is so you must love the bills continue to live with the big expected in the next twenty four hours also i know the deputy to the minister of the present has been explaining exactly why focus of attention. is now shifting east. would a levels are finally going down especially in the northern parts of the region right now we're mainly concerned with evacuating people and the cleanup operation it's a very important stage we have a lot of work to do as the flood has dealt a lot of damage we also need to provide locals with food and drinking water and we have all the equipment required for this now a cold good like the below that made it also heading towards the city that is going to be deployed to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up around the region to get drinking water and shelter to those who have been displaced but
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with the waters not certain normalise until mid september but could be a few more cold all they needed over the next few weeks. post called that coming out we continue to explore the fate of small scale farming in ghana who have been left to stop that's coming your way shortly. to douglas wilson trip to texas on this one show we found out why secured state may soon be a girl's best friend and i really can you truly machine make short work a solid design classic still has room for improvement and we learned how to dispose of tires and improve roads in one fell swoop. a year.

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