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so. the mask spector's access to the site from the alleged chemical attack us is blaming the us government or russia warns against jumping to conclusions. this week bradley manning asked for a presidential pardon after being sentenced to thirty five years behind bars for the biggest leak of classified data in america's history. we were faced effectively with an ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroyed they would move to law the editor of the u.k.'s guardian newspaper reveals how he was pressured to rorik files he received from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden.
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focusing live from moscow this is our tease that we can use. damascus has given you an inspector's permission to access the site of an alleged mass chemical attack this as the u.s. says it's almost certain the assad government carried out the assault and pledged a serious response together with its ally u.k. parties middle east correspondent. growing tensions. well damascus has agreed to allow u.n. investigators access to the scene of the alleged chemical attack but the point needs to be made that damascus is it will do its maximum to ensure safe passage for the investigators the actual territory is rebel held and then so ultimately it will
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be the rebel forces who determine whether or not the u.n. investigators have the access that they require we're just hearing however from the united states who says that this now comes too late we are however hearing from the u.n. that they will regardless begin their investigation come monday now this comes as the united states says it has very little doubt that damascus was behind this chemical strike the u.s. intelligence basing these claims on the number of reported deaths we're hearing that upwards of one hundred of one hundred people were in fact killed it also is basing these claims on the types of injuries and on eyewitness reports these kind of discussions are emerging from a meeting of the american president barack obama with his security advisers we know that he's been prevented with a review of possible options in terms of american response if indeed there has been the use of chemical weaponry president obama has repeatedly said that if assad uses chemical weapons that would be a green light that would be
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a red line in terms of which american and foreign intervention would be justified now this comes as the united states moves its naval forces in the mediterranean closer to the syrian coast and we are hearing from the united states that it would be prepared to strike if indeed called upon to do so this comes as syrian state television is reporting that syrian soldiers entered a number of tunnels in a damascus suburb that had been used by rebel fighters and they they found evidence of chemical waste there were empty shells that had marked on them made in saudi arabia and saudi arabia of course being a very vocal critic of the. syrian president bashar assad there seems to be a lot of reports and evidence that the rebels in fact are responsible for carrying out these chemical attacks but let me make the point that all the footage we are witnessing and all the reports that are circulating online are as of yet unverified the rebels for themselves are vowing revenge we have heard from and mr leader in an
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audio recording that's also been posted online saying that in revenge they will fire a thousand rockets at the al assad regime and meanwhile the russian foreign ministry says it's worried about the pressure being put on the assad government despite the u.n. investigation into the use of chemicals having not yet begun. more on moscow's reaction . russia is urging caution to the west saying that assigning blame to soon over the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria would be a tragic mistake in fact in a statement released on sunday the foreign ministry did not mention the u.s. by name but i'm going to read what they said it says we strongly urge those who in trying to impose their opinion on u.n. experts ahead of the results of an investigation announce the possibility of military action against syria to exercise discretion and not make tragic mistakes
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now again they did not mention the u.s. but this comes as a broke obama has met with his security advisers as well as his military advisers and even spoken to the prime minister of the u.k. cameron and basically saying that they are prepared to use military action making sure they know what is on the table there but president obama has not made a decision as of yet now russia has suggested that in these situations it can be tricky to decide who is actually responsible in has said that it might even be the rebels who are responsible for a chemical attack if in fact a chemical attack has actually happened and in a separate less formal statement russian officials said on sunday that we've seen all of this before in fact discussing the situation in iraq back in the bush administration saying the u.s. administration pointed to weapons of mass destruction which were never found in iraq but that led to an occupation and invasion ten years plus of united states
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involvement in the country so russian officials are urging caution saying that the world community does not want to see a repeat of this situation in syria and is basically asking the west to hold off until the u. and investigation has taken place and they know more about the situation. but despite the harsh rhetoric against the syrian government and the u.s. military waiting for green light to attack it appears that most americans don't want an intervention whereas what a recent reuters ipsos poll has revealed just a nine percent told us citizens who took part in the survey once their present to act on about sixty percent said americans should stay away from the civil war in syria when asked about washington's support for the opposition about one tenth said the president obama should do more for the rebels than just send arms to them eighty nine percent don't want the u.s. to help the opposition one time barry and he want to vist the code pink campaign says americans are weary of war as the country has been involved in for the last
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twelve years the united states has been fighting. a war of choice in iraq it war of choice in afghanistan that turned out to be longer battle the longer fought war than the then the vietnam war which also was a war of choice the american people are war weary we know that what's going on inside syria americans even the average american know it's a proxy war we know we're not going to get the correct information from our government and we know that our government officials are only interested in continuing what would be a fear tactic of a continuation of war after war after war to keep the american public in check in the american public is no longer going to buy into it. international tensions are running high as the pentagon moves naval forces closer to syria despite president obama appearing cautious open intervention we can tell us what you think on our web site r.t. dot com and while so far almost half of those who voted say washington wants to
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divert americans from domestic problems around the third i think the pentagon is ready to strike no matter what the president says and thirteen percent believe the u.s. is looking for political leverage over chemical arms and the u.n. investigation on just eleven percent of you this hour think and it is ready for an attack just in case i want to r.t. dot com to cast your vote. to see. her street. and i think that your.
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former u.s. army private bradley manning was sentenced to thirty five years in prison this week for his unprecedented leak of classified documents to wiki leaks exposures through light on america's alleged war crimes committed in iraq and afghanistan where whistleblower is now hoping for a pardon from the u.s. president and his letter addressed to barack obama insisted that he acted out of concern for his country striving to protect the values and ideals of the u.s. manning also said he would gladly pay the price that other americans can live in a free society as artie's going to take on a force it's manning's personal issues which are now in the spotlight. bradley manning sentence of thirty five years behind bars has said unimpressive dennet punishments threshold for whistleblowers bradley manning should be walking the streets and being treated for who is a whistleblower who exposed war crimes in iraq afghanistan secret war in yemen and the other corruption of the governments the us supported bradley manning supporters gathered outside the white house to call for the president to pardon the
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whistleblower the supporters of bradley manning say what's at stake here is not just manning the trip but also the future of journalism and the public's right to be informed on the actions that their government is taking on their behalf manning's defense team has submitted a request for a pardon but there seems to be little chance that it will be granted that the government's ongoing crackdown on whistleblowers under the current administration and unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as being counted on to aiding the enemy. the government wide crackdown on whistleblowers and the extension of this crackdown to journalists threatens to stifle the flow of information that is vital to our public but the media in the us has largely failed to stand up for bradley manning government officials and t.v. pundits all but convicted the whistleblower even before any trial took place who cares whether the army killed some innocent people or not over in iraq you know we
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don't want to we don't want to be a part of that we it's very uncomfortable so if it's a complex issue and it's uncomfortable americans generally will pull back from it allows the media to fill that gap and portray bradley manning as a traitor manning's own personality has grabbed more headlines than the shoes that he uncovered and the day after sentencing manning's six became the main story who is healthy this week bradley manning announced that he wants to spend the rest of his life as a female and asked to be referred to as chelsea manning one of the defense psychiatry at trial testified that manning have narcissistic tendencies and i wonder if there's anything to that in the sense that she's announcing this in this very big public way no i think this is really trying to let people have the answer that they wanted she never really wanted this to be public to begin with when the information came out you need to understand the she gave it to her in a limo in
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a very private setting in a one on one chat never expecting this to be public now that it is unfortunately have to deal with it in a public manner chelsea manning's attorney also said his client never wanted personal issues to become the main story and overshadow the debate that the whistleblower wanted to start through the leaks in washington i'm going to. or coming up on the phone in russia's far east experts predict the waters will rise for another seven days forcing rescuers into around the clock mission of sandbags. two nine metre high flood walls are still to come. a new leak from whistleblower edward snowden has come to light showing that the national security agency has been listening in on the united nations parties made a point or is in new york with the details on this latest revelation. america's national security agency allegedly cracked the encryption guarding the united
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nations' internal video conferencing system that's according to german newspaper der spiegel the publication says that the n.s.a. surveillance of the united nations took place last summer and three weeks after hacking into the video system america's spy agency had allegedly boosted its number its number of such decrypted communications from twelve to four hundred and fifty eight now for anyone who doesn't already know this spying on the united nations is illegal under international law der spiegel also reports that the u.s. maintains a monitoring program called the special collection service in over eighty embassies and consulates around the world often without the knowledge of the host country now many wondering why is it that the united states would want to spy on the united nations would spy on its allies because as we've been reporting and as us president
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barack obama said himself recently the n.s.a. is in place to protect american security and target only potential terrorists what we do with it or some mechanisms where we can track a full member or e-mail address that we know is connected to. now it's unclear how spying on the united nations and international partners coincides with america's war on terror if anything what many critics are saying is that what may come out of the n.s.a. is worldwide surveillance is a loss in confidence and reliability in the united states because you have to think about it if you have a friend that you trust to find out is always spying on you is listening to what you're saying is watching what you're doing is reading what you're typing does that relationship still stay strong and that is a question that is clearly coming to light not only following this report but those questions have been coming to light over past months ever since edward snowden blew the whistle on n.s.a. spying programs. or prior to this the same german media outlet revealed how the
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n.s.a. had bugs in you offices and media and the starter a member of the european parliament representing the swedish pirate party says that despite all this you know makers are reluctant to introduce new data protection legislation we did make a good data protection regulation and we are just those nuclear data protection asian european union however the national security debate surrounded out of protection even nation are now incredibly tossin it seems that european political leaders are not just willing to. teach steps to safeguard the trust and confidence in public networks and internet newsgroups that maybe we as citizens would like for them to indicate but also in general look we seem to europe this is a mishmash of outreach statements and political inaction on a link that her daughter marina portnoy talked about here came from germany britain's guardian newspaper has published many of edward snowden's previous
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revelations that lead to the government forcing them to destroy secret files because they fear they could fall into the wrong hands if the paper servers were hacked but copies of the files had already been made and sent to servers outside of the country artist as our city has more. you've had your fun now with stein to return of the documents to the unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies all week 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 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 and computers which
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contained the very information the paper's been exposing a bizarre turn of events salary richards 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 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 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 around it was detained under the u.k.'s 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.
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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 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 in the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for no such reasons have been advanced randerson attention as well as the destruction of computers in the 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 being 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
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practice good healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following revelations especially considering that press appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is no stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to master the internet this is the language that's being used internally this is celia r t london. we have more stories if you. want you can find. right now that america's founding fathers followed an extremist ideology the authors of the defense department document. story online. former member of activist group anonymous accuses the u.s. government of course. an attack on foreign targets at our website or.
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russia work stream flooding continues to devastate the far east experts say levels have not yet continued to rise. the third of september was another whole week for a region which is already past seven meters underwater let's have a look at the latest situation here we go on our map hair out this is where it all began the river burst its banks after weeks of unrelenting downpours covering an area the size of france and germany combined well it's been declared a federal emergency for nearly three weeks now with more tarantula rain feeding the rising flood waters and these three regions have been the worst affected eighty five thousand homes under threat in the about oscar region alone three dozen towns of over three thousand inhabitants already under water as you can see here the regional capital a city of over half a million lives on the where it meets the sciri river where rescuers volunteers and
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soldiers are fighting to fortify a river bank over thirty kilometers long haul scotter brings us the latest on the efforts there. well this is marina a resident of culturally also risky island and this is a marine his house water waist high the entire ground floor resembling a cesspit rather than a home now it's only when you enter the properties that you see the extent of the damage that these floodwaters have caused now despite knowing as best attempts to try and keep many of her treasured possessions out of the water it was simply in vain the entire house is completely submerged and it's clear looking around that's going to take a lot of time money and effort before this place returns to normal. marina is one of hundreds in this region to have been evacuated in recent days by russia's emergency services she can't take everything with her and doesn't know when she'll
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be able to return for now she'll stay with friends move here. have been crying all week we've lost all our property and that's after we've renovated it hung new wallpaper up place new carpets. although some hardy souls remain predominantly this village is like a ghost town. but despite the chaos the resilience attempts to carry on as normal the shop remains open although when we visited business was sly. many of those evacuated from their homes and up in temporary accommodation centers in schools and sports holes for thirty's and volunteers providing supplies such as food drinking water and medicine that some rest bite for those who have lost everything just get the polish that's good that aid is going to come there is good they do have there but he needed to stay there his patel te's greet the treat us like the children all
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of the situation in the how about osprey general mains critical further west there's hope the worst is over in the region attention is now turning to the cleanup operation just woodrum. the situation is changing and we're going to regroup our forces like the people now come from the neighboring a more region for planes arrive here every day. now water levels in some parts of this region have already beaten records that have stood for more than one hundred and twenty years that's of six hundred and forty two centimeters and the fear is that as the rains continue that could push the eight meter barrier causing even more devastation and destruction to people's lives and homes the military and emergency services continue to work around the clock to reinforce how about i ask concern the defenses could be bridged by water that at the moment shows no signs of receding i'm with flood levels not expected to ease until mid september the true extent of the damage is yet to reveal itself and it could be some time yet before
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the full picture emerges postcards. about oscar. international news in brief this hour another day of attacks in iraq of claimed the lives of forty eight people in eight separate assaults most deadly was in the northern city of mosul where eleven died in a car bomb explosion last in five other cities including three in the capital killed civilians and left dozens injured authorities blame insurgents for the bloodshed but have not named any particular group. a different court turns adjourned the trial of former president hosni mubarak who is accused of complicity in the killings of protesters during the twenty eleven uprising varicose sentenced to life behind bars last year but was granted a retrial after he of you the ruling hearing comes amid a new spike of internal strife triggered by the muslim brotherhood's removal from office by the egyptian military. a cargo train
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known for transporting central american migrants is due round in southern mexico killing at least five people needing scores wounded the crash occurred in a remote area of tabasco state around two hundred fifty migrants were traveling on the infamous bester training and do you wrote an unknown number of people remain trapped. germany's top euro skeptic politician has been attacked on stage during a rally in the city of bremen two unknown assailants sounded knives jumped on the quay as he was making a speech at the anti euro campaign event from two dozen others then covered the audience with pepper spray and tear gas his party which once the euro abolished has been the subject of several attacks the last. more than half a million people living in the u.k. could be set to lose their homes over a debtor is small as a thousand pounds it's over new regulation of applies to people's unsecured loans
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auntie's pretty boy is more. frankie's ran up several thousand pounds worth of credit card bills that he can't pay off and because of new laws he could lose his home as a result new regulations state that an individual needs to own just a thousand pounds on their credit card or personal loans for a lender to force them to sell their home through court nobody asked me or twisted for somebody to take out the credit write that small are doing entirely but the word unsecured was attached to it unsecured borrowing is borrowing that it isn't attached to anything initially you're not at risk of losing anything if you don't repay but after government you tan all that changed a charging order is a way for a lender to secure a debt from a credit card or a personal loan against an individual's house back in two thousand and ten the coalition government promised to make the threshold for charging orders i returned to five thousand pounds but they changed their minds which means that frankie is
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now being pursued by the bank and faces losing his house over a debt of six thousand pounds we want to about threshold said the twenty five thousand pounds if he wants it back extra layer of consumer protection the government has made it easier for lenders to get charging orders frank he says he feels angry about the coalition's change of heart the situation should never of come to me unsecured means unsecured. but it's not like they'll secure the property when i didn't sign for a secured loan he's not alone britain's office of fair trading has already warned major banks over threatening to force debtors to sell their homes ever debts of just over a thousand pounds but the justice ministry says that by introducing the threshold they're actually helping protect debtors people having to sell their house to pay off debts should always be a last resort we want it to stay that way which is why we've introduced a minimum threshold on charging orders that provides appropriate protection to creditors and debt is one ensuring that even fewer people have to sell their homes
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but house prices in the u.k. are on the rise and debt charities are predicting a surge in charging which is it's very disappointing that they produce that threshold because that one thousand pounds is an incredibly low sum of money to i want to own a credit card or personal life and we don't think it should ever be the case anyone is it is a danger of losing their home over such a small sum frank he says he can't afford to pay back his debts how does that make you feel the thought of losing your. how do you think it makes me feel i mean i feel for really sick and my walk through with a really sick over it it's something in the good times we took pride in playing and the bad songs we've struggled very very holds this extra pressure financial pressure is causing a rift between. our relationships were strong and. loss not good and with his court date penciled in for september it's beginning to hit home for frankie he
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could lose the house he's lived in for over twenty years. r.t. london. coming up we'll take a closer look at some of the interrogation methods used by u.s. police off that to if they really are softer shopping. the world of. science technology innovation all the moves developments from around russia we've got the future covered wealthy british style. but i'm not surprised.


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