Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Bradley Manning, Manning, Mannings trial, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on Manning Sentenced
US military whistleblower Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for handing WikiLeaks files that formed the largest breach of official secrets in US history.
The 25-year-old could apply for parole and be freed in a little under a decade, and his lawyer has issued a plea to president Barack Obama to pardon the soldier.
Manning had faced up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. Manning appeared ashen-faced moments before he heard his fate in a courtroom at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, close to the US capital.
Military judge Colonel Denise Lind delivered her verdict in a less than two-minute statement, saying Manning would be demoted from private first class to private E1 status, and later dishonourably discharged :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 31st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Bradley Manning, Manning, Mannings trial, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on UPDATED! Manning Found Guilty of Espionage
Bradley Manning has been found guilty of espionage, not guilty of aiding enemy over his WikiLeaks release. The US soldier has been acquitted of aiding the enemy but found guilty of orchestrating the biggest leak of classified material in US history.
The decision to find Manning not guilty of the most serious charge has been called a “striking rebuke to military prosecutors”, who had argued that giving classified documents to WikiLeaks was akin to aiding al Qaeda because terrorists could read the internet.
But the 25-year-old former army intelligence analyst could still spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of most of the other charges he faced, including multiple counts of espionage.
Military judge Colonel Denise Lind found Manning guilty of 20 of 22 counts related to his leaking of a huge trove of secret US diplomatic cables and military logs to the WikiLeaks website.
The judge said she would begin sentencing hearings on Wednesday (local time), at the Fort Meade military base outside Washington, where the trial was held :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Bradley Manning, Manning, Mannings trial, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on Badley Manning’s Trial
The long-awaited trial stemming from the biggest leak of classified information in US history has begun, with Bradley Manning accused of feeding troves of secret files to WikiLeaks. The court-martial got underway at the Fort Meade military base in Maryland, three years after Manning’s arrest in Iraq.
In an opening statement made as Manning’s aunt and cousin looked on, prosecutors said the evidence would prove the army intelligence analyst’s leaks were not “calculated transmissions” but “massive downloads”. The evidence will include chat logs recovered from Manning’s personal computer in which he makes admissions and shows familiarity with Wikileaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange.
US military prosecutors said Manning was driven by arrogance, but his defence lawyer argued he was a humanist, “placing people first, placing value on human lives”. The defence portrayed him as a naive young soldier who had leaked the documents, combat videos and other data because he wanted to reveal the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Manning faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted for leaking more than 700,000 secret documents in 2010 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 1st, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on Manning’s First Day in Court
Last weekend marked Bradley Manning’s 1,oooth day of incarceration, today was his second day in court, truly a week of milestones.
Without trial and gagged since May 2010, the US Army private is accused of providing secret documents to WikiLeaks, and today he finally got his day in court – well first day – he also managed to squeeze out a few words.
Manning pleaded guilty to 10 charges of misusing classified material he felt “should become public,” he has however denied a dozen charges of aiding the enemy.
Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, entered a guilty pleas at today’s pre-trial hearing, prior to his court martial, which is set to begin on June 3, in a case that centres on the biggest leak of government secrets in US history.
In September last year, Manning’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss all charges with prejudice, arguing that Manning has been unable to obtain a speedy trial. The motion claimed that the then 845 days he’d spent in pre-trial incarceration was much longer than periods that the Court of Appeals had previously found to be facially unreasonable. The U.S. military requires a trial within 120 days :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Christmas Message, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Youtube, Youtube Video | Comments Off on Julian Assange’s Christmas Message
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced the release of files affecting ‘every country in the world’ in his second public appearance since seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
In a Christmas message marking six months since he entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over claims of rape and sexual assault, Mr Assange said the door was open to negotiations to resolve the situation. Speaking to an audience of around 100 supporters, Mr Assange said it had been a ‘huge year’ for his anti-secrecy website.
“Next year will be equally busy,” Our Julian said. “WikiLeaks has already over one million documents being prepared to be released, documents that affect every country in the world.”
Mr Assange thanked Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa for granting him asylum and hit out at the United States and other Western governments :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 13th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: Australian Political Party, Australian Politics, Australian WikiLeaks Party, Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Comments Off on Julian Assange Confirms New Australian WikiLeaks Political Party
Julian Assange says he intends to run for a Senate seat in the next election, with plans for an Australian WikiLeaks party “significantly advanced”. The Australian has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sexual assault allegations.
Mr Assange is concerned that if he goes to Sweden, authorities will allow him to be extradited to the United States to be questioned over WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of US diplomatic cables.
Mr Assange has told Fairfax Media he intends to push ahead with previously-announced plans to run for the Australian Senate. He said he had not yet registered to vote, but told Fairfax he believes he will be able to register in either New South Wales or Victoria as an overseas voter.
Mr Assange said a “strategic decision” would determine which state he would run to represent. He also said “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed interest in standing for a yet-to-be registered Australian WikiLeaks party :: Read the full article »»»»