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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. and that the last british prisoner held at guantanamo bay speaks out claiming guards carry out procedures that amount to sexual abuse according to critics such methods are designed to break the detainees will.
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and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories with our program the weekly this is our team. 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 now take a look at how the events unfolded bradley manning was deployed to iraq in two thousand and nine half a year later he exposed the world to the video showing u.s. troops killing civilians in iraq his rest of the following month didn't stop the revelations in 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 conditions were inhumane as he waited the court martial which started in june but the judge didn't
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allow the un inspector to test. finally he was found guilty of nineteen of the charges against him with the leak seen as the biggest in u.s. history general counsel at the national whistleblowing center david cole a pinto believes that government agencies are now keeping a close eye on would be whistleblowers their overreaction to the bradley manning case has been just to clamp down on or types of whistle blowing and that that's unfortunate there have been some advance moments in the law in the non national security or intelligence area but that's being drawn wharf by the overreaction to this and also there's been an attack on the media not just in the intelligence community but all government agencies have been faced with a crackdown on whistleblowers because the obama administration sent out
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a warning to all agencies to be on the lookout for leakers and to identify the leakers before they happen in response to the manning case supporters of bradley manning have started an online campaign for those willing to reduce his sentence by serving part of it themselves and it's already gathered more than seven thousand five hundred signatures over the years of public support of the whistleblower has remained high with activists across the world demanding his release or he's going to court and i ask the people of new york what they think of manning situation. 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
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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 they try him and 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 the wall they're fighting all worth
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fighting at that point i just hope maybe somebody like obama. may be doing is the last leg we use 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 our take. another american whistleblower edward snowden you managed to remain out of reach of the u.s. prosecutors on thursday snowden entered the russian territory after. granted him temporary asylum the former n.s.a. contractor slipped out of a moscow airport where he'd been in limbo without travel documents for over a month the papers he received to allow him to move freely around and work in the country for the next year and while the whistleblowers whereabouts remain unknown. france recaps the key moments of the snowden saga so far on
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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 shared 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 seventeen is empty galleys and restrooms are searched the cargo hold is suspected 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 foreign minister sergei lavrov dismisses a u.s. request for extradition this stakeout continues because you just never know when
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he'll come out from hiding everyone with the 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 is 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
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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 when they know himself shows the press that fateful document making edward snowden free to travel through the russian federation until july thirty first two thousand
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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 questions of safety and the place where he is going to live that's all up to him as he was where we've been sold 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 blend in. edward snowden had flown in and then walked out nearly announced much to our chagrin in moscow the frats r.t. . london based a legal expert alexander mecurio 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
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a well founded case here for asylum are not just a person who says that amnesty international says it him and rights watch says it given that this is so 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 future develops a leader 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 going to to can has more commentary. the moment edward snowden walked out of that moscow
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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 nati senator lindsey graham says americans in washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with the precious 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
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charged with three fairly villany 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 of 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 restricting 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.
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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 net services the government said the n.s.a. does that only with a warrant from the fight to 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
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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 feist his career and his comfortable lifestyle snowden said he wanted to expose the government's lives in washington i'm going to check him. well still ahead for you this hour we'll be looking at what is in store for you iran's new president. hassan rouhani took the oath of office in front of parliament on sunday that comes as the country may have to face a new economic sanctions from the u.s. . who are. look at why some e.u. leaders are getting cold feet about sending weapons to the syrian opposition as we talk to one father whose son joined the rebels. the last a british prisoner held at guantanamo bay says inmates undergo daily sexual assaults
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from prison guards shaker described invasive searches including what he calls the good moments and a private conversation with his lawyer 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 the prisoner wants to leave his cell or see or speak to a lawyer or a member of the family that 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 of the resolve of the prisoners. we have now 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 i believe who first started using the term scruton if you will
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believe it the they actually admitted this sort of thing and it's been done to try to intimidate prisoners out of talking to their lawyers so that unfortunately the truth would not come out around time of day and i don't doubt that most of them are resisting jack has been going through this and 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 molly's songs never get up stand up who are your rhythmix and the guards to show that he's not to be cowed. r.t. asked to guantanamo authorities to respond to the claims of sexual assault a facility representative answered that they were unwilling to comment on such allegations regardless of how ridiculous and absurd they might be. the new iranian president hassan rouhani has been sworn in before parliament a day after his election was endorsed by the country's supreme leader labeled as
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a moderate cleric rouhani won a juno vote by promising to put an end to the country's international isolation over its nuclear energy program obama's administration officially congratulated the new leader of the islamic republic but despite the warm greetings the house of representatives earlier approved a bill toughening the sanctions that are already strangling the country's economy an independent researcher and writer soraya support already says that america's stance towards the new president is nothing but hypocrisy. already gave to the new president with sanctions so clearly washington's policies are not going to change and regard as how much mr president rouhani tries to reach out he can reach out to a hand this is not there they're really telling iran did if you don't succumb to our will to what are dictates then harsher sanctions will follow suit and it's really a warning it's you know they say one thing they're speaking from their mouths they're
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saying this we willing to engage you we want to touch you but at the same time they punished him so to think for a moment to did in america is genuine in reaching out to iran it's being naive and i think that president rouhani. is certainly to it to well informed into season to to to think this is america has iran's good will it's our. we have plenty more stories waiting for you on line including the show must go home that's after american rockers the bloodhound gang are sent packing from russia after they were. showered with tomatoes they might even face criminal charges in the future as well the whole story line plus. an earthquake measuring six on the richter scale strikes japan in the same area that saw the fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown after a quake and tsunami two years ago find out what damage was caused by the latest
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tremor. the unofficial deadline 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 quite vast a french official said that in nine years of conflict in afghanistan only fifty jihadists 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 and in most cases they are joining al-qaeda groups or other terror organizations the total number of europeans who have left to fight in the syrian war is now estimated to be over six hundred dimitri whose son joined a jihadist forces in syria told us his story. but i still want to hold on to it
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friends with muslim brothers when it became eighty and there's nothing wrong with that to go holiday to those cover 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 start the to continue the study of this muslim religion and salafi. 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 emmis we're standing above all these children from the west not only from the west but many of the young guys from all over the walls they are using this young children new legislation in russia will empower authorities to shut down websites carrying illegal video content while copyright holders welcomed the news but the online changes caused fieri offline activists took to the streets of moscow to vent their
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anger at the law they fear could lead to censorship oleksiak chef ski takes a closer look for us. despite that statistics on the internet piracy in russia have improved greatly over the last decade dropping from ninety three percent in two thousand and one to a little more than sixty percent last year still it poses a huge problem for the country it is rated in top five world countries in terms of piracy let me demonstrate what you can do in russia for instance you want to watch a fresh movie which has been just released but you do want to pay for it you go to one of the social network websites in russia find the movie you like and you have it created through the administration of the website they are trying to fight this problem they're blocking the users who are uploading illegal content but still with more than fifty million users registered for this network alone it is an uphill task something the new legislation is destined to mend from now on if any website is suspected of having illegal content it will be reported to a special watchdog body called the vote and then in three days the website owner
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must remove this illegal content if he refuses to do so then his website would be suspended until trial then in court he may prove his innocence and a half years website relaunched or the website will be shut down for good if it's proven that he's content was illegal now even before this law became reality even before it passed the russian parliament it caused a fury online and even offline with some minor street protests the internet users have been saying and have been believing that this would suppress internet freedoms that this would cause a massive crackdown and censorship on line and the law if affectively went into force some of the big russian websites including one of the biggest music download websites in russia have gone on strike putting some black screens instead of their starting pages so people have been essentially believing that this may suppress freedoms which is not quite the case if you read into this law but now let's compare how other countries worldwide are fighting the very same problem in two
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thousand and nine france adopted this so-called a law which stipulates that anyone violating content distribution rules is given two warnings. for the internet service provider is forced to cut off the use the internet access if the culprit persists he risks a fine of up to three hundred thousand euros and up to three years in prison the most liberal anti-piracy law is believed to be in the netherlands torrent websites are technically outlawed but still downloading content for noncommercial use is not illegal uploading it means breaking the law and possible prosecution japan adopted its anti-piracy law last year and was immediately branded as draconian quite understandably some may say because violating it would lend you a fine of one million a year and that's roughly ten thousand dollars and a two year prison term and often violators are punished with both it's worth mentioning that none of the above mentioned countries have registered an increase in purchases of legal content since adopting these laws how the new legislation works in russia which stands in between not only geographically but in terms of the law strictness but has
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a far more serious piracy issue will become very clear the time now to take a look at some more news making headlines around the world for you this hour the u.s. says it will feature some of its embassies closed for up to one week due to fears of a potential terror attack on sunday twenty one missions were closed across the middle east and north africa as a precaution lawmakers in washington claim it's the most serious threat in years after pre nine eleven levels of al qaeda chatter were intercepted last year a deadly assault on america's diplomatic mission in the libyan city of benghazi of four dead including the ambassador. at least eighty people have been killed when monsoon rains caused flash floods in afghanistan and across the border in pakistan she was particularly affected with at least fourteen dead and with over one hundred homes washed away forecasters warned more rain may be on the way over the coming days and two thousand and ten torrential rain will lead to widespread
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flooding in pakistan and over seven thousand five hundred deaths. the world's biggest financial institutions are pouring billions of euros into the greek economy but the amount it needs to survive keeps increasing the debt ridden country is looking at a funding shortfall of nearly eleven billion euros according to the international monetary fund while the latest tranche of almost six billion has already cost thousands of public sector jobs a larger share of the installment four billion euros is funded by the eurozone and the european central bank the international monetary fund is contributing one point eight billion in return athens has to fire four thousand civil servants by the end of the year while twenty five thousand more must be redeployed and the impact of worsening unemployment is felt everywhere in greece not the least in drug clinics or tease you get a piece going off takes
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a look at the way athens is dealing with the social fall out from the crisis. used to be out of work now he's still unemployed but also on heroin is homeless and has aids he's already tiny chances of getting a job have vanished completely. alone that some start using because they are angry at life no work no money for the same reasons many decided to start selling drugs and up using the needle themselves. every day drugs rock the lives of new people with just one many thought they'd hit rock bottom it's very true he can find them very well. and as far as i'm concerned is the worst thing a van so far. the latest hit on the greek drug market is making even the most experienced junkies shiver and with a price tag starting from just two year old produce is becoming increasingly widespread in the crisis hit me. together with heroin they're now on the key
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engines behind the spread of hiv infections every day n.g.o.s go into the field to trying to stop the virus spreading so we're at a drug user spots and one of the poorest districts of athens were asked not to film outside in order not to frustrate anyone since it's morning now and clearly many users still haven't taken the first dose of the day but here the procedure is quite simple the social workers collect used syringes and distribute these alcohol wipes some fresh water and syringes for their users to inject but just as we thought being on the street is as low as a drug addict can get we want to investigate this the greed government's radical approach to tackle what's seen as a scourge on society by forcing addicts off the streets and holding them along with prostitutes and illegal immigrants at special detention centers like this facility where up to five thousand people are believed to be kept hidden from the eyes of
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the public or at one of these camps outside of athens to the amount of security here. it is a really impressive several lines of gates wired into wire and lots of security guards in fact one of them has already asked us to leave so we don't we have that much time to film not much time at all we had to stop filming since our local producer told us we were risking our documents and footage to be taken away i did manage to grab a couple of more shots from my phone looks familiar. disappoint fierce criticism from human rights organizations greek officials see the populations of these guantanamo lookalikes me soon double and that they should be viewed as a model for the rest of europe you go to school of athens weeks. coming up the ancient custom of the blood feuds in russia's caucasus region and how it has changed over the centuries.
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americans have long seen latin and south america as part of their geopolitical backyard stereotypes die hard but new realities on the ground give reason to believe this continent is on the rise and determined to control its own fate regardless of washington's unilateral perceived interests and given the trends should americans be learning spanish. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so silly you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. nation of free.


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