Wikileaks Leaker Bradley Manning Convicted of 5 Charges of Espionage & Theft, Computer Fraud … But Not Guilty of Aiding Enemy (Update: WikiLeaks Blasts Obama)
A military judge has Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions, but found Manning not guilty on the greater charge of aiding the enemy. Even though, convicted of several lesser charges could carry a maximum of a 136 year prison sentence. Obviously the information that Manning released through WikiLeaks aided the enemy as some of it was found in Bin Laden’s complex when he was killed. This issue was where Manning’s intent was to aid the enemy, not whether it actually did. It is hard to believe that it some one would not think that the release of such classified information would not aid the enemy, but it all comes back to intent.
A military judge acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Tuesday of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of violations of the Espionage Act for turning over a trove of classified data to the website WikiLeaks, in a case where the soldier has been portrayed variously as a traitor and as a whistle-blower.
The verdict by the judge, Col. Denise Lind, dismissed the prosecution’s argument that Manning released documents — in the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history — that he knew would end up in the hands of al Qaeda. The verdict also found Manning not guilty of unauthorized possession of information relating to national defense.
The U.S. Army soldier charged with providing troves of government documents to WikiLeaks was found not guilty Tuesday of aiding the enemy, the top charge in his 21-count indictment that could have carried a life sentence, however, he was convicted of several lesser charges that can carry a 128-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors had to prove Army Pfc. Bradley Manning had “a general evil intent” and knew the classified material would be seen by the terrorist group Al Qaeda. Legal experts said an aiding-the- enemy conviction could set a precedent because Manning did not directly give the classified material to Al Qaeda.
The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before reaching her decision in the case.
Manning was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions. The sentencing phase of his trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and will likely go on for several weeks.
Legal Insurrection has a list of all counts and whether manning was guilty or not guilty.
Sentencing for Manning on his convictions of espionage will begin tomorrow at 9:30 AM.
UPDATE I: WikiLeaks blasts Barack Obama and the “Dangerous national security extremism from the Obama administration.”
NSA Leaker Edward Snowden to Leaves Hong Kong for Moscow, Russia … Bound for Venezuela via Moscow and Cuba? Iceland? Ecuador?
It appears that Hong Kong thought little of the United States formal request for the extradition of Edward Snowden.
Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, is reported by the Guardian to have left Hong Kong and is on his way to Moscow Russia. According to accounts, Snowden has left on Aeroflot flight to Moscow along with representatives of WikiLeaks. According to the AP, the Hong Kong government said in a statement that Snowden left “on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.” Talk about having little respect for the United States. Hong Kong just thumbed their nose at the US request for extradition.
The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has flown out of Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding since identifying himself as the source of revelations on US surveillance programs, despite a US request for his arrest.
The 30-year-old had previously said he would stay in the city and fight for his freedom in the courts. But the Hong Kong government confirmed that he left on Sunday, two days after the US announced it had charged him with espionage, saying documents filed by the US did not fully comply with legal requirements.
It also said it was requesting clarification from Washington on Snowden’s claims that the US had hacked targets in the territory.
Video from Fox & Friends Sunday
The South China Morning Post is reporting that Snowden is bound for Venezuela via Moscow and Cuba.
US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is on a commercial flight to Russia, but Moscow will not be his final destination.
The fugitive whistle-blower boarded the Moscow-bound flight earlier on Sunday and would continue on to another country, possibly Cuba then Venezuela, according to media reports.
The Hong Kong government said in a statement that Snowden had departed “on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel”.
The 30-year-old left from Chep Lap Kok airport on a flight scheduled for 10.55am. He is believed to have boarded Aeroflot Flight SU213, which landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport at 5.03pm local time, according to the airport’s website.
Wikileaks statement: Wikileaks is claiming that it has assisted Snowden in securing political asylum.
Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.
Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives at his final destination his request will be formally processed.
Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:
“The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange – for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest – is an assault against the people”.
UPDATE I: As reported at CNN, Edward Snowden has landed in Moscow.
The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a dramatic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges fled Hong Kong and reportedly arrived in Russia.
WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post Sunday that Snowden had touched down in Moscow. But the organization, which facilitates the publication of classified information, did not disclose what country would be his final destination.
Not good new for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange …
A UK court has given the green light to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden. Assange is being accused of sex crimes in Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle dismissed the arguments by the WikiLeaks attorneys that their client could not get a fair trial in Sweden and ordered Assange be extradited. Assange’s lawyer said they would appeal against the decision.
A British court has agreed to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is accused of sex crimes, dismissing claims such a move would breach his human rights.
Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies, made by two WikiLeaks volunteers during his time in Sweden last August.
The LA Times reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ordered extradited in sexual assault case.
Speaking to a packed London courtroom, Judge Howard Riddle said Swedish prosecutors’ request that Assange be handed over was valid and reasonable for their investigation into allegations that he sexually abused two women last August.
Define Irony: Lawyers For Julian “WIKILEAKS” Assange Outraged that Details about His Sex Life Were Leaked
Can you say WIKI-IRONY?If you represent a scumbag that is known for leaking classified information, are you really allowed to complain when there are leaks of your own client made public? Julian “WIKILEAKS” Assange, the biggest Wiki-hypocrite, ever.
Lawyers for the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, are expressing outrage and crying foul over incriminating police files that were published in the British newspaper. Can you imagine? This would have been like Johnny Cochran complaining that OJ Simpson got a paper cut while in jail during the murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson.
In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”
Daily Commentary – Friday, December 10th, 2010 – Wikileaks Supporters Attack Visa, Mastercard, Others
- Script kiddies attacked websites of companies who acted against Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, knocking several offline.
WikiLeaks founder, 39 year old Julian Assange, has been arrested by British police in London over an alleged sexual assault that took place in Sweden. Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT. Assange’s attorney Mark Stephens states that his client has not been charged with any crime and wants to find out what allegations he faces so he can clear his name. Stephens also says that they will fight any attempts at extradition.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden.
The elusive 39-year-old Australian was detained by Scotland Yard officers at around 9.30am after he voluntarily went to a police station in central London.
Police contacted Mr Assange’s lawyer last night after receiving a fresh European arrest warrant from the Swedish authorities, as anger grows in the US over the latest leaked embassy cables by the whistleblowing website.
The legal troubles for Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, stem from allegations leveled against him by two women he met while in Sweden over the summer. Assange is accused of rape and sexual molestation in one case and of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in another.
Assange denies the allegations, which his British attorney Mark Stephens says stem from a “dispute over consensual but unprotected sex.”
Live Updates of WikiLeaks Julian Assange from The Guardian.
Newt Gingrich Says “WikiLeaks” Leaks … Show Obama Administration ‘Shallow,’ ‘Amateurish’ when It comes to National Security … “it is painful and dangerous”
America, you were warned that the presidency is not something that lends itself to on the job training.
Obama Administration: “This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”
This morning on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that President Barack Obama and his Administration deserved a great deal of the blame for the massive amounts of classified information revealed through WikiLeaks. Gingrich went one further and called the Obama Administration “shallow” and “amateurish” when it comes to national security.
Gingrich said the leaks are “a scandal of the first order” and that they demonstrate the Obama administration is “shallow” and “amateurish” when it comes to national security.
“You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn’t say, ‘Oh, you may be over extended?’ I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order,” Gingrich said. “This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”
Video Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Newt Gingrich told CNN regarding Obama, “I’ve never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic.” How bad is it when you rank lower than the Carter Administration?
“I’ve never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic,” Gingrich told CNN in reference to Obama’s recent trip to Afghanistan. “Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world.”
He said there appears to be a gap between “the clarity and focus of that campaign and the confusion of the presidency.”
“He just suffered a stunning defeat, and yet he’s behaving as though nothing has changed,”
Joe Biden has made many gaffes in his life, this was not one of them … Biden was spot on when characterizing Barack Obama.
You had a decision to make in 2008 and you allowed the liberal, bias MSM to question the experience of VP candidate Sarah Palin and not that of Barack Hussein Obama. What do you think now America?
Shallow and amateurish when it comes to national security, huh? Remember prior to the 2008 election when many thought that Obama was not ready to lead? Remember when Presidential candidate Joe Biden said during the debates that Obama was not ready to lead? Biden was asked if Obama was ready and Joe’s response was that Obama was not ready yet and the office of the Presidency did not lead itself to on the job training.
Remember when Biden stated the following as well regarding Obama … “It Will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama … it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right”. No truer words have ever been said; however, it was not just world tests, it was domestic, economic, etc.
Also during the Fox News Sunday interview, when asked whether Newt would run for President in 2012, he said that he was ”much more inclined to run than not run.”
Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that he’s “much more inclined to run than not run.”
Gingrich said that he and his wife Calista are closing in on a decision on whether or not to jump in, which will likely happen by the end of February.
The former House Speaker said, “everything we’ve done over the last year, talking to friends, thinking things through, has made us more inclined to believe that it’s doable.”
Obama State Department Tells Columbia University Students, DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter OR ELSE!
And the LEFT used to call GWB’s policies Nazi-like, check out the “Hope & Change” from the Obama State Department …
The Obama State Department warned Columbia University students not to discuss WikiLeaksOn Facebook, Twitter or post links to WikiLeaks and the classified 250,000 documents. If they do, it could endanger their future job prospects. So from the Obama government comes the following, do not even discuss WikiLeaks content or else? Talk about a blatant government threat and a violation of the First Amendment.
Talking about WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger your job prospects, a State Department official warned students at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs this week.
An email from SIPA’s Office of Career Services went out Tuesday afternoon with a caution from the official, an alumnus of the school. Students who will be applying for jobs in the federal government could jeopardize their prospects by posting links to WikiLeaks online, or even by discussing the leaked documents on social networking sites, the official was quoted as saying.
“[The alumnus] recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter,” the Office of Career Services advised students. “Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.”
Julian Assange finds himself in more trouble. Swedish prosecutors have issued an international and European arrest warrant (EAW) for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in connection with rape allegations. The “Red Notice” can be seen HERE. Assange denies the rape allegations and called it consensual sex. However, a Swedish Appeals court upheld the warrant. Assange’s attorney, Mark Stephens, has described the allegations as “false and without basis” and claims that the charges are a part of a smear campaign.
Interpol wanted notice for Julian Assange
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.
Assange’s details were also added to Interpol’s worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: “sex crimes” and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “If you have any information contact your national or local police.” It reads: “Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul,” and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.
How is it possible that one person managed to get their hands on so much classified material? Also, how is it that WikoLeaks would be allowed to release classified documents not once, but twice and now threatening to unload incriminating bank docs. Sarah Palin points the blame at President Barack Hussein Obama.
“The latest round of classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco,” Ms. Palin wrote on her Facebook page Monday.
Ms. Palin calls WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.” The WikiLeaks website released more than 250,000 State Department cables that have shed rare light on diplomatic back channels.
From Sarah Palin’s FACEBOOK comes the following criticism of Obama and his handling/mishandling of the WikiLeaks fiasco. In a word … incompetence. Palin also criticized the White House for a “lack of urgency” in preventing future leaks. How many times is it going to take where WikiLeaks threatens to publish classified US docs?
We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.