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August 6, 2013

Judge cuts more than four decades off longest possible sentence for Pfc. Bradley Manning

  • 136 years in prison was originally believed to be the maximum sentence faced by Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier found guilty of a variety of crimes (though not aiding the enemy) when he leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to the WikiLeaks organization back in 2010.
  • 90 years in prison will be the maximum sentence faced by Pfc. Manning, following Judge Colonel Denise Lind’s decision to merge several of the soldier’s espionage charges as a precaution against any “unreasonable multiplication of charges.” Prosecutors sought to have each count of espionage counted as a separate offense during the sentencing phase of Pfc. Manning’s trial. source
17:54 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013
One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves. And I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.
Jon Stewart • Discussing his plans to leave “The Daily Show” over the summer to direct a serious film, “Rosewater,” based on the life story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was captured and imprisoned in Iran in 2009. Bahari, who has shown up on “The Daily Show” multiple times since his release, was accused of espionage by Iranian officials based on an interview he did with the show’s Jason Jones. Stewart will be away for twelve weeks, eight of which will be hosted by John Oliver, and the other four correspond with the show’s traditional summer break.
18:39 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2012
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10:09 // 3 years ago
November 29, 2010
Is it a natural part of diplomatic activity to have diplomats collecting biometric data? … [It’s] a contravention of how diplomats are supposed to conduct business.
Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson • Expressing the organization’s level of surprise at the extent of the espionage they found. The State Department claimed that its diplomats were in fact not spying.  ”Contrary to some Wikileaks’ reporting,” wrote State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley, “our diplomats are diplomats. They are not intelligence assets.” source (viafollow)
10:00 // 3 years ago