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video for your media project free media r t v dot com. massacre all mass hysteria rebel planes that syria's government launched a major chemical a time near damascus are denied by officials and locals accusations coincide with the arrival of you an investigative. phase of the whistle blow up somewhere on the planet bradley manning waits to find out how long it will spend behind bars after being found guilty of handing over america's secrets to weekly. britain unleashes it on the terror powers to course the debate all surveillance targeting publications journalists and even the partners were born on the media's reaction.
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this is see coming to live from moscow welcome to the program. conflicting reports coming from syria where rebels claim the government launched a massive chemical attack near damascus syria and officials deny those allegations and some locals say they have seen no evidence of an attack although it's count shortly after your inspectors arrived in the water on country to look at earlier claims of chemical weapons used by both sides correspondents in the region policia has to. media reports are citing the syrian revolutionary command council which says that government forces loyal to the syrian president bashar assad were final to the area after the bombardment using chemical agent now this attack happened in the rebel held area of eastern damascus in a place called east and the area has witnessed heavy fighting between opposition fighters and. the army what we are hearing is reports that the
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a front which are fighters that are affiliated with al qaida are also operating there now some up or to suggest that more than a thousand people were killed in this latest attack but other reports talk about dozens dying graphic images have flooded the internet showing an alleged victims choking foaming at the mouth and displaying other possible symptoms of the attacks in syria the origin of this footage however is and verified enough point needs to be made that no one knows where it was filmed or who filmed it we are trying to get more details at this stage from the area we have been speaking with local residents who complain that there was fighting there earlier but they insist that there have been absolutely no signs of any kind of chemical attacks the first to break this news was the saudi arabia network or bia now suddenly arabia has its own agenda inside syria its antique the syrian president assad and therefore any kind of
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reports of the use of chemical weapons we must take this into consideration reports have been vehemently demarc denied by the syrian government while they have caused a huge storm elsewhere in the world the u.k. is demanding an immediate action by the united nations security council the arab league says that the incident should be investigated at once and all of this comes at a time when u.n. inspectors are inside the country conducting a chemical probe the situation with chemical attacks is far from clear we need to make the point that the first reports of chemical weapons was that they were used in the field back in march the nineteenth this year by the tech fieri terrorist groups when they launched a rocket attack in cold. now that did cause widespread destruction in syria immediately demanded an investigation from the united nations the syrian government also has said that it is aware that sara and could. all being manufactured. in
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the suburbs of damascus and this has been confirmed by fighters who've been arrested by the syrian army the united nations for it has said that it has received up to thirteen reports of chemical weapons used in syria the one from the damascus government of the race mainly from the united kingdom france and the united states both sides of the conflict and here we're talking about the rebels and the government have however denied using chemical weapons the inmate the united nations independent investigator carla del ponte said that there was strong support suspicions that the rebels had used the illegal seven gas issue has become part of political manipulations in terms of what is happening inside syria the american president barack obama has to care that any kind of chemical attack would be a red line that could ultimately trigger american intervention inside syria but as i say what actually happened today at the moment far from care. over the course of
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this civil war the seaward opposition has repeatedly accused the regime of mass atrocities and chemical attacks many such claims coincided with major political events and diplomatic efforts and in most cases the number of victims proved to be exaggerated and here are just a few examples for you in july two thousand to twelve as the yuan discussed a possible intervention in syria the rebels announced a civilian massacre interim much carried out by the government that later proved to be falls by you an observer mission to the town it all gets just days before us security council meeting the derived massacre occurred once more assad was blamed but it was later found that the rebels will most likely be perpetrators in december as russia and the you want to discuss a peace plan the west accused assad of arming chemical weapons for imminent that arsenal was not used later in december as u.n. peace and. brahimi met with our side in damascus the rebels alleged another
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civilian massacre after an airstrike on a bakery and after an initial media frenzy it was later reported that all the people or opposition fighters killed in battle in april this year the rebels repeatedly provided the to us and britain with prove that assad had used chemical weapons and that it was seized upon by the west to final arms to the opposition while your own independent investigation found it was most likely the rebels behind the chemical at time. and he asked an adviser to see when prime minister about the current allegations of chemical weapons use and dr abdul qadeer as zeus says the government had no reason to resort to those means. fighting the rebels has taken time but the syrian army is winning the battle and this is evident on the ground therefore there is no need for chemical weapons the government of syria is fully cooperating with the u.n.
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investigation and this constructive cooperation tops the agenda of the syrian government which has always called for a region clear of all sorts of weapons of mass destruction the syrian government has not and will not violate what it believes in this is its official position which will not change. u.k. based or political analyst patrick henningsen believes even if the time to take plays it's too early to point the finger at the syrian government. of course if we look at the history of this particular region to go to a region where the attack 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 present claims of the syrian government perpetrating these attacks who benefits from a chemical attack in syria well the opposition benefits it's quite obvious the syrian
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government does not benefit the opposition benefits because this would be the key to unlock the. airstrikes and bombing campaign over syria all of libya is a little the opposition 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 of course we're following this is haitian in syria on and on relying on for more details and reaction to the conflicting reports of the chemical i talk near damascus go to our website. the face a whistleblower bradley mahdi who leaked thousands of classified u.s. documents will be decided later on wednesday mani has been found guilty of most of the charges he faced although i was cleared of a using the enemy and he's now waiting to see how many years he'll spend in prison the details now from his wall who's outside the court. well the judge is now
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deliberating bradley manning suntans the judge colonel of the 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 secrecy website wiki leaks they say and doing so manning betrayed the trust of the united states and of his fellow soldiers national security at risk and her diplomatic relationships but a fence 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
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manning's troubled mental state was highlighted during the sentencing phase military mental health professionals testified that manning suffered from. gender identity crisis who is also said manning had good intentions when he leaked u.s. secrets that he was people 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 and deliberations here in maryland liz wall or to. bradley manning is not the first u.s. whistleblower to be pursued by the government under the espionage he could become the us to get a life sentence. and of take salute as what manning and his predecessors did to find if you were the white house bradley manning was found guilty of espionage for
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leaking government secrets but let's take a closer look at how exactly this verdict breaks down now the first charge against him comes after the u.s. uniform code of military justice under article ninety two 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 iraq 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 nine hundred sixty six all the way up to twenty ten now the army private was also found guilty of seven out of eight 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 gunning down
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a group of civilians in baghdad including two new staff now secret files on but 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 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 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 to the 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
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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 claims that if the n.s.a. use 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 that 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
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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 reporting in moscow. manning skase has sparks intense debate within the u.s. as well as internationally oh well that he's a hero or a traitor and now as his face is to be decided oh he's more important i want to ask people in new york what they say is 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 a young guy and he's got his whole life ahead of him it's not like a serious thing where you deserve so much jail time did he seems harsh sixty years since he is a long time i mean he obviously had his reasons for doing what he's doing and the government as. reasons for doing what they're doing mostly just to
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i guess protect themselves protect the states i think he's guilty i think he should go to prison not for sixty years we should go to prison you know the 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 as 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 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 so the sentence will balance later today and will be bringing you all
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the latest developments from the country courthouse for to me stay tuned for coverage at two pm jancee. and to will keep you updated on the unfolding story in syria meanwhile that there is a state of emergency in russia's far east as waters swarm him once florida returned a slug levels invariably all time records there are fears if they rise just one me so mall key facilities will be destroyed that story is coming up. what defines a country's success. faceless figures of economic growth. or a factual standard of living.
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you will see a line from moscow it's good to have you with us the british newspaper the broken lost surveillance and was forced to destroy files provided by edward snowden has explained why it gave in to governments pressure the guardian editors said the source threatened legal action to stop the paper from reporting the n.s.a. leaks all together and chose to destroy documents which have been culled copies anyway see their reports. you've had your fun 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 of that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to wit by former contractor of the national
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security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspapers 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 of 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 and 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 detained under the u.
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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 review were 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 what's they can do if a. i 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 information he's got would endangered the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for it no such reasons have been advanced miranda's detention as well as the destruction of computers and the guardian's basement have one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the storyteller has become the story this is
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a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech being laid 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 for wing religious revelations especially considering that press freedom 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 does or celia r.t. london on the despite washington insisting it's snooping tongass threats from abroad and here to unveil data suggests the us government can monitor about three quarters of american internet traffic and in his exclusive interview with r.t.
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ecuador's president rafael carette who gave asylum to julian assange told us that the west should focus on curbing spying on its citizens instead of prosecuting the whistleblowers. it is really relevant 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 here space to prison evil morale is it's scandalous fortunately the ensuing 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 is that of rejecting surveillance they prosecute those districts of helping snowden or something must change in the world. and there are always plenty of stories on our website for year including
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a trickling time bomb threat level of the crippled fukushima nuclear nuclear power plant is about to be raised to serious as the operator says contaminated water is seeping from one of the times they can't even track where it's going. to be prepared at examined drone hunting could become a new challenge for iranian peoples of the country's military hopes to put a new security improving subject on the school curriculum. one of the russia's far east biggest cities is braced for mass evacuations with floods expected to break record levels they deluge in the region caused by heavy rains earlier this month left more than a hundred towns and villages submerged tens of thousands of people were forced to flee from their homes in search of shelter his crew has been following the emergency operation which is now advancing to the east and according to forecasts
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the flood has not reached its peak and a regional tampa so how bad ups and most of its infrastructure could be left underwater also his pulse caught has the latest. in the arm or. gena cautiously optimistic that the worst has passed on the water levels are beginning to recede however that is not the case particularly in the city of which is under threat of becoming the administrative center of russia's far east and also the second largest city behind. water levels that have already broken records are continuing to rise now russia's emergency services are heading east and we're going to join them. from the skies the damage caused by the floods just all to see one point five million hectares of land submerged under water affecting around one hundred fifty communities of attention is now shifting east up until now it's being maybe rural communities affected by the floods but there's
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a real concern that the city of is about to be submerged work is on the continuing around the clock twenty four hours a day to fortify the so you must let levels continue to rise with the big expected in the next twenty four hours now the deputy to the minister of defense has been explaining exactly why focus of attention is now shifting east. would 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 our cold good full of the ladies 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 give drinking water and shelter to those who have been displaced but with the water is not such
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a normalize until mid september it could be a little colder all they needed over the next few weeks. in various parts of china severe flooding and the typhoon has claimed over two hundred lives over one hundred are still missing while more than eight hundred thousand people in the west hit areas have been evacuated to safety john pools are expected within the next twenty four hours and a growing number of rescue troops are being deployed to the flood hit provinces. in egypt a hardline cleric and a spokesman for the muslim brotherhood were arrested as they tried to leave the country this follows the detention of the movement's top spiritual leader and other top figures who were later face trial for inciting violence in recent weeks hundreds of people have been killed and wounded after security forces dispersed say temperatures count all the pro morsy supporters demanding before president to be wearing stated. and out of the break abby martin takes
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so long guys yesterday i had the amazing opportunity to take breaking the set on the road to new york city and we set up shop right outside of the thurgood marshall courthouse downtown where groundbreaking trial was taking place and what might be one of the most historic civil liberties pieces of our generation a 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 section twenty one b. of the national defense authorization act one that authorizes the military to indefinitely detain american citizens without due process while the lawyer lawsuits main plaintiff is journalist chris hedges the case is also being fought by revolution through founder pandering.

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