Environmental activist group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it is chasing two illegal fishing boats that were spotted sailing just 50 nautical miles from Australia’s Mawson Base in Antarctica :: Read the full article »»»»
On October 6, 2005, the International Criminal Court – ICC – announced that arrest warrants had been issued for five members of the Lord’s Resistance Army for crimes against humanity following a sealed indictment. The Ugandan defense minister Amama Mbabazi revealed that the warrants included Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti, and LRA commanders Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odiambo, and Dominic Ongwen.
The Film Kony 2012, a campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children aimed to make Joseph Kony infamous, “not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest… to set a precedent for international justice”.
Two years on and little has changed, the talk continues and so does Joseph Kony’s lawlessness :: Read the full article »»»»
“I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, said in a statement given to NBC’s Today show. Manning said he has felt this way since childhood and wants to begin hormone therapy “as soon as possible”. “I want everyone to know the real me,” the statement said and asked that he be referred to by his new name, Chelsea.
Manning was sentenced on Wednesday for handing more than 700,000 secret files, videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. His lawyers had argued the former Army intelligence analyst suffered a sexual identity crisis when he leaked the files while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. Speaking on the TV show, Manning’s lawyer David Coombs said he expected his client to receive a pardon from US president Barack Obama.
Manning was convicted last month on 20 charges, including espionage and theft and will serve his sentence at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas :: Read the full article »»»»
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 »»»»
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 »»»»
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 »»»»