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Bradley Manning Verdict (Charge Sheet/Court Transcript/Sentencing Witnesses/Army, Family & Assange Statements)

In Bradley Manning, LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS, Manning on July 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

07/30/2013

Summary:

NOT GUILTY Charges: Aiding the Enemy & Violating Espionage Act by Releasing Garani Air Strike Video

All Other Charges GUILTY – Maximum Punishment 136 Years

CHARGE SHEET

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COURT TRANSCRIPT

Sentencing Begins Tomorrow (July,31) at 9:30AM EST

Names and Info for Expected 13 USG Sentencing Witnesses with Classified Testimony

MANNING FAMILY STATEMENT

The family of Bradley Manning has issued a statement to the Guardian giving their reaction to today’s verdict in which the US soldier has been found guilty of the vast array of offences for which he was charged, though not guilty of the single most serious charge – that he “aided the enemy”. The statement is written by Manning’s US-based aunt, who has asked to remain anonymous, speaking on behalf of the soldier’s family:

While we are obviously disappointed in today’s verdicts, we are happy that Judge Lind agreed with us that Brad never intended to help America’s enemies in any way. Brad loves his country and was proud to wear its uniform.

We want to express our deep thanks to David Coombs, who has dedicated three years of his life to serving as lead counsel in Brad’s case. We also want to thank Brad’s Army defense team, Major Thomas Hurley and Captain Joshua Tooman, for their tireless efforts on Brad’s behalf, and Brad’s first defense counsel, Captain Paul Bouchard, who was so helpful to all of us in those early confusing days and first suggested David Coombs as Brad’s counsel.

Most of all, we would like to thank the thousands of people who rallied to Brad’s cause, providing financial and emotional support throughout this long and difficult time, especially Jeff Paterson and Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. Their support has allowed a young army private to defend himself against the full might of not only the US army but also the US government.

ASSANGE STATEMENT

Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offences for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems, to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not.

Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower.

This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed. It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ’espionage’.

President Obama has initiated more espionage proceedings against whistleblowers and publishers than all previous presidents combined.

In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama ran on a platform that praised whistleblowing as an act of courage and patriotism. That platform has been comprehensively betrayed. His campaign document described whistleblowers as watchdogs when government abuses its authority. It was removed from the internet last week.

Throughout the proceedings there has been a conspicuous absence: the absence of any victim. The prosecution did not present evidence that – or even claim that – a single person came to harm as a result of Bradley Manning’s disclosures. The government never claimed Mr. Manning was working for a foreign power.

The only ’victim’ was the US government’s wounded pride, but the abuse of this fine young man was never the way to restore it. Rather, the abuse of Bradley Manning has left the world with a sense of disgust at how low the Obama administration has fallen. It is not a sign of strength, but of weakness.

The judge has allowed the prosecution to substantially alter the charges after both the defense and the prosecution had rested their cases, permitted the prosecution 141 witnesses and extensive secret testimony. The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to crack him, an act formally condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for torture. This was never a fair trial.

The Obama administration has been chipping away democratic freedoms in the United States. With today’s verdict, Obama has hacked off much more. The administration is intent on deterring and silencing whistleblowers, intent on weakening freedom of the press.

The US first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”. What part of ’no’ does Barack Obama fail to comprehend?

Write Bradley Manning a Letter of Support

Charge Sheet/Sentencing Witnesses/Army Statement via @carwinb / Court Transcript via @FreedomOfPress / Family Statement via @Guardian / Assange Statement via @WikiLeaks

LEAKED: 1,350 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Members’ Email Addresses

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on July 29, 2013 at 11:53 PM

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Council on Foreign Relations

07/25/2013

Hacker “Guccifer” has leaked 1,350 names and email addresses of corporate titans, media figures and policy executives who are on the Council on Foreign Relations.

The list includes hundreds of intelligence, defense, government and corporate heavyweights who are members of the New York-based group.

All are contained in a 76-page contact list of CFR members interested in intelligence issues.

The Council on Foreign Relations responded to reports of the hacking by noting that the hack itself was not of the organization’s computer network but of an individual email account that contained the list.

A CFR spokesperson clarified earlier reports by noting the list contained 1,350 names, not 1,500 as sources initially said. CFR also noted that the list contained email addresses, cities of residence and zip codes, but not exact addresses of its members.

The council publishes a list of its members on its website, but does not include…

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U.S. Paying Syrian Rebels $150 Per Month

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on July 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

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07/28/2013

The United States has been paying thousands of Syrian police officers who deserted the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved tens of millions of dollars to pay the salaries of police officers who joined the rebels. They said the officers were working to maintain order in rebel-controlled territory, mostly in northern Syria.

“There are literally thousands of defected police inside of Syria,” Assistant Secretary of State Rick Barton said. “They are credible in their communities because they’ve defected.”

In an address to the Aspen Security Forum on July 19th, Barton, responsible for State Department stabilization operations, did not say how many Syrian police deserters were on the U.S. payroll. He said the officers were receiving about $150 per month, a significant salary in Syria.

 

The address marked a rare disclosure of direct U.S. aid to Sunni rebels in Syria. Congress has approved more…

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Complete List of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judges Since 1978

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on July 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Snowden’s Father Blasts Congress/Intelligence Leaders for Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance Programs

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on July 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

 

07/26/2013

The father of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Friday blasted U.S. lawmakers for not reining in the U.S. electronic spy program made public by his son, accusing them of being “complicit or negligent.”

“I am extremely disappointed and angry. I am an angry American citizen,” Lonnie Snowden told NBC’s “Today” program. “The American people – at this point, they don’t know the full truth, but the truth is coming.”

Recent NBC polling shows that more than half of Americans are worried about the vast operation that sweeps up information on phone calls, emails and other communications, but just 11 percent support Edward Snowden’s decision to flee the United States and release details about the effort to the media.

Lonnie Snowden said those findings show “a concerted effort” by lawmakers “to demonize my son, to focus the issue on my son, and not to talk about the fact that they had a responsibility to ensure that these programs were constitutional.”

“They’ve either been complicit or negligent,” he added.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly rejected a plan to limited the National Security Agency’s ability to collect electronic information, including phone call records.

The interview showed Lonnie Snowden not just as a concerned father, but as a former government worker with strong views who has closely watched Congress and the debate on security.

While the country needs strong intelligence and defense systems, Lonnie Snowden criticized lawmakers for being too quick to “fund these obscenely expensive programs create big profits for security contracting companies while not doing enough to protect the nation’s southern border with Mexico.

“It’s about the money,” he said.

Edward Snowden was working for Booz Allen when he released details about the program to U.S. and British media that were published in early June.

His father said he has not had any direct contact with his son, who has remained holed up in a Moscow airport since June 23. He has tried to use a New York-based intermediary arranged through Wikileaks, his lawyer Bruce Fein said.

Russia has so far refused to hand over Snowden to the United States, and is considering a temporary asylum request. On Friday Russia said its FSB federal security service and its U.S. counterpart, the FBI were in talks on the matter.

The U.S. Department of Justice also said Friday it assured Russian counterparts that Snowden would not be tortured if he was returned.

Fein told NBC that they have not gotten any direct response to their recent letter to the department regarding conditions for Edward Snowden to return to the United States.

Should Edward Snowden be released to Russia or another country, his father said he would try to make contact.

“We’re certainly going to do our very best to connect with him and discuss what we’re planning to do,” he said.

He added that he was confident in his son’s actions and the he is “absolutely certain that he is speaking the truth.”

“I believe that my son, when he takes his final breath whether it’s today or 100 years from now, he will be comfortable with what he did because he did what he knew was right. He shared the truth with the American people. What we chose to do with it is up to us as a people … We have much work to do, this story is far from done,” he told NBC.

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