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u.s. private bradley manning faces a sentence of more than one hundred thirty years in prison after being found guilty of the biggest leak of classified data in american history. while the n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden receives temporary asylum in russia after five weeks stranded in a moscow airport. the last british prisoner held at guantanamo bay speaks out claiming guards carry out procedures that amounted to sexual abuse according to critics such methods are designed to break the detainees will.
and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories with our weekly program this is r t glad to have you with us. private bradley manning was found guilty of most of the charges that were laid against him he now faces a possible sentence of more than one hundred thirty years in jail for his massive leak of classified information the former intelligence analyst was however cleared of the most serious and controversial charge of aiding the enemy let's take a look at how the events unfolded bradley manning was deployed to iraq in two thousand and nine half a year later he was exposed to the world rather to a video showing u.s. troops killing civilians in iraq his arrest the following month didn't stop the revelations though the iraq and afghanistan war logs as well as diplomatic cables were released by wiki leaks amid a blaze of publicity he faced twenty two charges including aiding the enemy which carries the death penalty united nations said manning's confinement can. dishes
were inhumane as he waited the court martial which started in june but the judge didn't allow the un inspector to testify finally he was found guilty of nineteen of the charges against them and they were related to the leak which was seen at the largest in u.s. history wiki leaks spokesperson christian preference and believes manning's case will lead to even more confidential information seeing the light of day he is obviously facing a long time in prison especially when you think about how this trial has been carried out by a judge lindh one is not filled with any optimism only last week. to allow the prosecution to change so what the charges are on the last stage of the trial. the trial has been closed off to journalists journalists have been intimidated we have seen that despite the way that bradley manning was treated being tortured in prison in isolation in solitary confinement for almost
a year it has not stopped whistleblowers and there are still brave people out there who act on their conscience and with the public interest in mind we have seen no a new era beginning and an expansion of the limits of journalism. supporters of bradley manning are ready to put their lives on the line is they offer to serve a major part of his sentence artie's that made a point i went to new york's union square to hear what u.s. citizens think of the verdict. union square has been something of a stomping ground for bradley manning supporters in new york city you see over the years many rallies have been held here in honor of the army private first class intelligence analyst now manning has been found guilty of downloading and releasing confidential u.s. documents that subsequently disclosed illegal activity and crimes on the part of washington manning faces up to one hundred thirty six years in prison instead of
telling you how the public is reacting to this news we're handing our microphone directly over to the citizens bradley manning didn't commit any crimes would be like is if you shot me and the camera man said hey i've got this footage of this crime and he. you know put it out there for justice and instead of trying you to try him it doesn't make any sense it would appear to me that the manning verdict would be sending a message to edward snowden i'm sure he's listening. you know because it's a really similar situation and i think they're doing a good thing because the american people are basically enslaved and they're you know they're told what to do by the media and they follow orders if you look at the apache helicopter video which probably the most famous one. for the american public at least you know what is actually going on in the war they're fighting
a war fighting at that point i just hope maybe somebody like obama. maybe doing his last leg news a lame duck president decides to blood money now although manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy charges he may be punished for the rest of his life for presenting the american public with the truth reporting from new york for an up or nine heartache. another american whistleblower edward snowden managed to remain out of reach of u.s. prosecutors on thursday snowden entered russian territory after three. it is granted him temporary asylum the former n.s.a. contractor slipped out of a moscow airport where he had been in limbo without travel documents for over a month the papers he received allowed him to move around freely and work in the country for the next year and while the whistleblowers whereabouts remain unknown lindsey france recaps the key moments of the snowden saga so far on sunday june twenty third when reports surface that the u.s. is newest whistleblower edward snowden was in russian airspace on
a flight from his hong kong hideout every journalist knew the weekend was over and they all scurried here to section a i said to metro airport snowden and his wiki leaks advisor sarah harrison are a no show reporters found out that snowden and his advisor were due to be on a flight to cuba the next day so what did they do search around for the nearest hotel to get a good night's sleep before getting on that flight. june twenty fourth dawns the doors to the flight close seat seventy eight is empty galleys and restrooms are searched the cargo hold is suspected in a drinks trolley is found in business class hangovers are reported june twenty fifth president putin confirms that snowden is still in the transit area of the airport where foreign minister sergei lavrov dismisses a u.s. request for extradition this stakeout continues because you just never know when he'll come out from hiding everyone with
a press badge gets to know airport food courts and the coin operated massage chairs very well july second wiki leaks says snowden is seeking asylum in nineteen more countries including china cuba nicaragua venezuela and india. the next day at another airport this time in austria drama unfolds the president of bolivia his plane is forced to land on suspicion that snowden is on board the heat and the debate turns up on the heels of this bolivia nicaragua and venezuela make their offers of asylum well known denouncing the pressure exerted by america but one little problem remains getting to any of these destinations without falling into the hands of american law enforcement it was here on the second floor terminal where snowden held a conference with human rights activists and with his advisors made the announcement that he was scared to fly not for heights and that he was thinking of
asking russia for asylum video and photos make it out of that meeting and are quickly uploaded for our stories finally we have something to bring back to our newsrooms now the wait for the paperwork in this case a response to snowden scribbles on a blank sheet hey whatever works staff only this unassuming door here on the first floor of the terminal at the airport was headquarters july twenty fourth when everyone thought anatoly snowden's russian advisor would be bringing that very important piece of paper from immigration services allowing him to exit the airport instead all he brought were a bag of books some new clothes and a healthy dose of consolation for snowden and the journalists. until august first one day now himself shows the press that fateful document making edward snowden free to travel through the russian federation until july thirty first two thousand and fourteen he says edward is gone and his lips are sealed. due to the fact that
he's the most wanted person on planet earth today he would be concerned about the issue of security that includes question as of safety in the place where he was going to live up to him as you were with consoled and advise him but on other. shoes it's up to him according to our sources when a plane from paris was emptying out he took a chance and jumped in to the landing. edward snowden had flown in and then walked out nearly announced much to our chagrin in moscow the frats party. london based legal expert alexander mercurial believes russia has operated within the letter of the law when dealing with snowden the russian authorities have been extremely careful to do this by the book they insisted on mr snowden making a problem application he's done it through a lawyer there is a well founded case here for asylum are not just the person who says that an arrest international says it him and rights watch says it given that this is the u.s.
has no legal grounds to object to this now if the u.s. nonetheless wants to jeopardize its very important relationship with russia because russia has done something which it is legally fully entitle to do that is a decision for the u.s. but many people will i think feel that if the u.s. does that then the u.s. frankly is behaving in a very strange and self destructive way russia granting asylum to the fugitive n.s.a. leaker has sparked fury among lawmakers in washington one senator after another denounced the move and called on the white house to hit back at moscow or he's going to try to can have commentary. the moment edward snowden walked out of that moscow airport russia became the object of washington's wrath we heard calls for president obama to boycott the g.
twenty summit in russia the president's press secretary said washington is quote unquote extremely disappointed with moscow's decision on snowden and that it undermines the growing cooperation between russian and u.s. security services certain members of congress used even harsher term senator chuck schumer said russia has stabbed us in the back and each day that mr snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife senator lindsey graham says americans in washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with the blushes and john mccain goes it is a slap in the face of all americans we cannot allow today's action by put into a stand without serious repercussions of course for many politicians here attacking snowden and russia is much easier than defending the surveillance state the white house keeps repeating this mantra mr snowden is not a whistleblower he is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three fairly felony counts and he should be returned to the united
states polls show the majority of americans actually disagree with the white house on whether or not mr snowden is a whistle blower they think it is so what else they disagree with a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs as opposed to thirty seven percent who approve another poll by the queen a parent university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far we're striking civil liberties three years ago twenty five percent of americans thought so it's a massive shift in attitudes a shift that the lawmakers and the government can't ignore as much as they like to attack snowden his revelations have put the white house on the defensive you can complain about big brother and this is. a potential. program run amuck but when you actually look at the details then i think we've
struck the right balance well let's look at some of those details from snowden we first learned about the prism program a system the n.s.a. uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular services the government said the n.s.a. does that only with a warrant from the fights a court snowden said the court merely rubber stamp such warrants and he revealed one such revealed one such secret court order for a telecommunications company to hand over its clients dead or in bulk the government has acknowledged the bulk collection of communications but said no one can look at the content of those communications without a warrant snowden said that's a lie this week the guardian relying on the documents that snowden had earlier provided has revealed details of a program that makes such warrantless snooping possible we learned about x. keyscore which allows to search through vast amounts of data collected by other programs snowden has leaked the n.s.a.'s training materials where the agency boasts that the program is the widest reaching system for developing intelligence from the
net having sekret phys to screw ear and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said he wanted to expose the government's lies in washington i'm going to check them. well still ahead for you this hour to arm or not to arm we'll look at why some e.u. leaders are getting cold feet about arming the syrian opposition as we talk to one father whose son has joined the rebels. and what's in store for iraq's new president who took the oath of office on sunday says the country may have to face up to new economic sanctions from the u.s. more on this story after a break you're watching our t.v. and the weekly right here. americans have long seen latin in south america as part of their geo political backyard stereotypes die hard but new realities on the ground give reason to
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and welcome back you're watching the week we hear on our t.v. now the last a british prisoner held at guantanamo bay says inmates undergo daily sexual assaults from prison guards. described invasive searches including what he calls the get moment in a private conversation with his lawyer amir says that during the procedure an extraction team enters the cell and forces the detainee to the floor holding down his arms and legs the searches are carried out any time in the prisoner wants to leave his child to see or speak to a lawyer or a family member and it is then repeated when the inmate returns it is believed to be a tactic to intimidate the detainees stop them from seeking legal help as well as to break the ongoing hunger strike clive stafford smith the attorney representing shaker aamer says such searches are not enough to dent the resolve of prisoners.
we have not raised it with the american courts that they shouldn't be doing this they shouldn't effectively be sexually assaulting the prisoners and it was the government's i believe who first started using the term scruton if you will believe it the they actually admitted this sort of thing and it's been done to try to intimidate prisoners out of talking to the lawyers so that unfortunately the truth would not come out of crown tonneau bay and i don't doubt that most of them are resisting jack has been going through this for months and months and months now and i've got a proud moment away in his response to that is when they leave him in his cell he starts singing you know both mali songs new get up stand up your rhythmix and the guards to show that he's not to be coward. artie asked kuantan of authority has to respond to the claims of sexual assault if
a silly representative answer to that they were unwilling to comment on such allegations were gardeners of how ridiculous and absurd they may be. for the new iranian president hassan rouhani has been sworn in before parliament as the day after his election was endorsed by the country's supreme leader labeled as a moderate cleric rowhani one eight june vote promising to launch reforms and put in an end to the country's international isolation obama's administration officially congratulated the new leader of the islamic republic but amid the warm greetings lawmakers on capitol hill proposed a bill toughening the sanctions that are already strangling iran's economy international relations expert dr mohammed hassan carney says it is america's turn to show it's open to negotiations. now the ball is in the american court i mean rowhani has shown the flexibility i mean he came to the election
campaign with this low again of moderation on prudence and says that he is far from being extremists or foreign policy makers so in that sense it's now american turn to to try to really engage with your own engagement i mean a true engagement it doesn't work if they want a game to talk about. talking about all options on the table now it's time for negotiation and iran is now in the best position to do so i'm sure harney has the mandate to solve the problem not only do nuclear problem but all of the longest standing problem with the united states. well we have plenty more stories for you waiting on line including well the show must go home. that's after american rockers the bloodhound gang are sent packing from russia after they were beaten and
showered with tomatoes might even face criminal charges in the future as well. plus . earthquake measuring six on the richter scale strikes japan in the same area that's the fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown after a quake and tsunami two years ago find out what damage was caused by the latest tremor dot com. official deadline has passed for the e.u. to take a decision on whether to arm the syrian rebels but it appears some european countries are already deeply involved in the conflict that's as citizens of member states are lining up to join the fight against damascus and the scale appears to be vast a french official said nine years of conflict in afghanistan only fifty left the country to fight meanwhile in syria's case more than one hundred people have gone there from france in one year alone according to some experts in most cases they
joined al qaeda and other terror groups the total number of europeans who have left to fight in the syrian war is now over six hundred dimitri whose son joined forces in syria told us his story. but i still want to hold on to it friends with muslim brothers when they become eighteen and there's nothing wrong with that to go holiday for the walls you know and after. that they may send those much as though there's entire euro that they give him money that they give him a scholarship that pay money to study to continue the study of this muslim religion and some of. you know but i didn't trust it to have the feeling that something was going wrong i start to discover every day thousand pictures and videos of syria and one day i recognize my own son in the video with other belgian guys this game is we're standing above all these children from the west not only from the west but many of the all the young guys from all over the walls they are using this young
children the grim statistics are seen as one reason why e.u. leaders are so hesitant when it comes to taking a decision over starting weapons shipments or he says are selling a look at why some in brussels may have had a change of heart when it comes to arming syrian rebels. while the u.k. on the syrian rebels would not that's a question that's been answered a number of different ways it's a complicated gamut mostly in varying degrees of light but ultimately always sending signals of support for the opposition it will be new political progress unless the opposition is able to withstand the onslaught and put pressure on assad . isn't a military victory so we will also increase our efforts to support and to shape the moderate opposition we propose to a man. we must ensure that these arms go to the syrian national coalition no one else to want
a half years on syria continues to pay the delicate complex picture a battleground constantly shifting as it is with western leaders rhetoric in american twelve hour meeting in may the media is agreeing to disagree on syria the u.k. and france successfully getting their way even though they were at odds with the twenty five other member states the european union has agreed to bring to an end the arms embargo only syrian opposition this is the outcome of the united kingdom it wanted rhetoric in the midst of the lead up to the libyan intervention also led by the same players it's remarkable they could simply try and override the experience of libya because as a recent report said there is no supermarket for the entirety of the of the middle east and and if they were to go into syria that would be true to the power of ten and listen reports from syria show all kind of affiliated groups wanting to establish an islamic caliphate and dissolution rebels and defecting back to the
government side before the the war in afghanistan and before the attack on iraq there was no al qaida in iraq there was no al qaida in yemen there was no al-qaeda in somalia there was no al qaida in syria but there is now an idea that's not lost on the british prime minister there's too much extremism among some of the rebels but frankly we do need to do more to help promote those parts of the opposition that want a free pluralistic democratic syria and so we're not all being the rebels this are cilia r t london. after the break head of the fifth anniversary of the military conflict in south oksana boyko sits down with russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev.
wow revolutions in the middle east sure get a great deal of coverage what you don't mix a lot of sense revolutions or exciting t.v. peaceful protests or nice but footage of moloch tough cocktails flying and crazed crowds of local middle easterners really grab attention so there's a logical natural reason why some protest movements get a lot of coverage in the mainstream media well others kind of adult please forgive me for being conspiratorial but there is one revolution going down which does have all the exciting visuals of the arab spring but just doesn't get any of the mainstream coverage in fact unarmed people in this country recently stormed the parliament trapping ministers and lawmakers with that they held them down for eight hours demanding the government resign until police with shields smash their way through creating a narrow corridor through which the officials could escape now that sounds like exciting and visual news but why did you hear about it all over the mainstream press that's because it didn't happen in libya or egypt or any other exotic country
but in good old boag area right in the e.u. where u.s. and e.u. interests are best served by the status quo being maintained there was no need to hype up an intervention or kinetic action in bulgaria the only time you ever hear about the need for a crackdown in bulgaria is when a government there actually started working in bulgaria own interests and not the us use desires but that's just my opinion. i would rather ask questions for people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find my show larry king now right here on
r.t. question more. than welcome to worlds apart five years have passed since georgia launches and sold himself a suitable close all but forgotten war inside given its ballots a story flying from from a castle to could barely even call it that war and he had those five things a fighting trickle profound political changes that will continue to go south long after i put all these have been aboard the well to discuss that i'm now joined by russia's former pass them from current prime minister which in that video without expressing. a wish thank you for your time now that it's been five years
the international community has all but forgotten this war because they've been many other conflicts some of when even a more horrible event but i'm sure you haven't forgotten those days so what is the first thing that comes to mind but i will be all right thank god this conflicts didn't last too long. it was burned into my memory to me and i think it's the same for many other people especially those living in the region but it's. the first thing i remember is how it all started like what was going on more the situation was very tense i have to admit i remember how difficult it was for me to make a decision but i might feel that this. squares was absolutely the most difficult decision that i've ever had to make. them both among them it was very difficult for me as a person which manders a new president who had spent less than three months in office. but that's the way
love history and sometimes there's nothing we can do. but if you're with. prime minister. specificially the war broke out on august eighth but tensions obviously had been escalating for a few days or even weeks before that. when did you get reports that georgian troops were massing on the border. and were you aware of the actual plans of the georgian authorities. to be of course i have been getting reports for a few days prior to that. that there were troops concentrating on the border there were some provocations and incidents. but since this conflict has been simmering for years.