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moran's the blood. looking up to fifty. masika mass hysteria rebel claims that syria's government launched a major chemical what's happening at damascus denied by officials and locals there cues ations coincide would be a rival of u.n. investigations that. fate of the whistle blower who were on the private bradley manning waits to find out how long he'll spend behind bars after being found guilty of handing over america's secrets to wiki leaks. and britain unleashes its antics how powers to coax the debate on surveillance tell using publications journalists and even their partners report on the media's reaction.
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and welcome to see twenty four hour news live from moscow i'm straight to our top story now and conflicting reports coming from syria where rebels claim the government launched a massive chemical attack near damascus syrian officials deny those allegations and some locals say they have seen no evidence of and at all this comes shortly after your own inspectors arrived in the water in country to look at early claims of chemical weapons used by both sides correspondent in the region closely has the details for us media reports are citing the syrian revolutionary command council which says that government forces loyal to the syrian president bashar assad were final to the area after the bombardment using chemical agents now this attack happened in the rebel held area of eastern damascus in a place called eastern ghouta the area has witnessed heavy fighting between
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opposition fighters and the army what we are hearing is reports that the north through a front which often. items that are affiliated with al qaeda are also operating there now some reports do suggest that more than a thousand people were killed in this latest attack but other reports talk about dozens dying graphic images have flooded the internet showing an alleged victims choking foaming at the mouth and displaying of a possible symptoms of the attacks in syria the origin of this footage however is unverified and that point needs to be made that no one knows where it was filmed or who filmed it we are trying to get more details at this stage from the area we have been speaking with local residents who complain that there was fighting there earlier but they insist that there have been absolutely no signs of any kind of chemical attacks the first to break this news was the saudi arabia network would be now suddenly arabia has its own agenda inside syria it's an team of the syrian
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president assad and therefore any kind of reports of the use of chemical weapons we must take this into consideration reports have been vehemently demarc denied by the syrian government while they have caused a huge storm elsewhere in the world the u.k. is demanding an immediate action by the united nations security council the arab league says that the incident should be investigated at once and all of this comes at a time when u.n. inspectors are inside the country conducting a chemical probe the situation with chemical attacks is far from clear we need to make the point that the first reports of chemical weapons was that they were used in the field back in march the nineteenth this year by the tech fieri terrorist groups when they launched a rocket attack in cold. now that did cause widespread destruction in syria immediately demanded an investigation from the united nations the syrian government also has said that it is aware that sara and projectile are being manufactured by
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the hour in the suburbs of. damascus and this has been confirmed by fighters who've been arrested by the syrian army the united nations for its size has said that it has received up to thirteen reports of chemical weapons used in syria the one from the damascus government of the race mainly from the united kingdom france and the united states both sides of the conflict and here we're talking about the rebels in the government have however denied using chemical weapons the inmate the united nations independent investigator carla del ponte has said that there was strong support suspicions that the rebels had used this illegal seven gas issue has become part of political manipulations in terms of what is happening inside syria the american president barack obama has declared that any kind of chemical attack would be a red line that could ultimately trigger american intervention inside syria but as
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i say what actually happened today at the moment for some clear. political analyst patrick henningsen believes even if the time did take place it's too early to point the finger at this syrian government. of course if we look at the history of this particular region the region where the attack said to take place is very active with the front and they've also been implicated in using makeshift chlorine bombs in aleppo back in march so there is a track record there the evidence unfortunately does not stack up with these present claims of the syrian government perpetrating these attacks who benefits from a chemical attack in syria well the opposition benefits it's quite obvious the syrian government does not benefit the opposition benefits because this will be the key to unlock the. airstrikes and bombing campaign over syria all of libya. the opposition would like
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a libyan style coalition with nato in order to force the regime out of power in damascus so they clearly benefit from any reports of a chemical attack in syria. and over the course of the civil war the syrian opposition has repeatedly accused the regime of mass atrocities and chemical tunks many such claims coincide it was major political events and diplomatic efforts and in most cases the number of victims proved to be exaggerated and here are just some of the examples here in july twenty twelve as the you on this cost a possible intervention in syria the rebels announced a civilian massacre in that trauma carried out by the government and that later proved to be fools by a you want to submission to the town in august just days before u.n. security council meeting the duran masika once more assad was blamed but it was later found that the rebels will most likely be papa traces in december as russia the us and the one met to discuss a peace plan on the west accused assad of all the chemical weapons in the end
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hughes that also was not used and legs in december as your own peace envoy looked at brookhaven what with assad in damascus the rebels alleged another civilian massacre option as trike. on a bakery and after an initial media frenzy it was later responded reported that all the people were opposition fighters killed in battle and in april this year the rebels repeatedly provided the u.s. and britain with proof that assad had used chemical weapons and that was seized upon by the west to funnel arms to the opposition while a your own independent investigation found it was most likely the rebels behind the chemical attack. and he asked an advisor to see one prime minister about the current allegations of chemical weapons use and dr abdul qadir as zoos so the government had no reason to resort to those means. fighting the rebels has taken time but the syrian army is winning the battle and this is evident on the
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ground therefore there is no need for chemical weapons the government of syria is fully cooperating with the u.n. investigation team and this constructive cooperation tops the agenda of the syrian government which has always called for a region clear of all sorts of weapons of mass destruction the syrian government has not and will not violate what it believes in this is its official position which will not change. and of course her following this is haitian in syria on and on line for you and for more details and reaction to the conflicting reports of a chemical attack near damascus go to our website r.t. dot com. the fate of whistleblower bradley manning who leagues thousands of declassified u.s. documents will be decided late on wednesday madi has been found guilty of most of the charge of the charges have faced although it was cleared of aiding the enemy is now waiting to see how many years he'll spend in prison details now from all those
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outside the court in maryland. well the judge is now deliberating bradley manning subtends the judge colonel of the new zealand says she'll deliver the sentence wednesday morning manning faces a maximum of ninety years after he was found guilty of most of the charges against him including aspin knowledge in the closing arguments of the sentencing hearing the prosecution requested that manning spend no less than sixty years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti secrecy website wiki leaks they say and doing so manning betrayed the trust of the united states and of his fellow soldiers but national security at risk and her diplomatic relationships that offends on the other hand urged the judge to be lenient they did not require an exact number of years but manning's attorney david coombs asked the judge to take several factors into consideration in order to give manning a fair sentence now these factors include manning is
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a young age who was twenty one years old at the time that he was deployed in iraq manning's troubled mental state was highlighted during the sentencing phase military mental health professionals testified that manning suffered from anxiety and a gender identity crisis who has also said manning had good intentions when he leaked u.s. secrets that he was he thought that he could spark a national debate possibly bring an end to the wars in iraq and afghanistan cooms asked the judge to allow manning a chance at life and becoming a productive member of society the judge is now in the liberations. maryland liz wall or two. and while bradley manning is not the first u.s. was blow it really pursued by the government under the espionage it could become the slowest to get a life sentence. takes over that whining and his predecessors did defy this hero
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the white house. manning was found guilty of espionage for leaking government secrets but let's take a closer look at how exactly this verdict breaks down now the first charge against him was comes under the u.s. uniform code of military justice under article ninety two of the five charges against a man who was found guilty of storing classified information transferring data on to his personal computer while he was based in the wrong now manning was also found guilty of two charges under the computer fraud and abuse act of article one hundred thirty four but those violations brought to light what's been known as cable gate within two hundred fifty thousand cables between state department officials and diplomats throughout the world now they date back from one thousand nine hundred sixty six all the way up to twenty ten now the army private was also found guilty of seven out of eight espionage charges but those violations brought to light hundreds of thousands of classified military longest related to the wars in iraq and afghanistan now they also included a shocking video of a u.s.
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army helicopter gunning down a group of civilians in baghdad including two new staff now secret files on that one tunnel bay detainees that revealed interrogation techniques as well as indefinite detentions and the video of the faroe massacre in which scores of afghan civilians mostly women and children were killed in an airstrike and of course much much more now bradley manning that may have broken the law but his supporters say that his actions shed much needed light on flawed or u.s. diplomatic military and intelligence operations and while manning may have been responsible for the biggest leak in u.s. history he's not the first nor the last american to blow the whistle on the government now more than four decades ago a former military analyst by the name of daniel ellsberg gave confidential documents about the vietnam war to the new york times and the washington post now he became the very first person to be prosecuted under the espionage act and the so-called pentagon papers revealed that the u.s.
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government had been drastically expanding military operations in vietnam and that forced. excessive administrations openly lying to the public about their true intentions meanwhile a former senior executive at the n.s.a. thomas drake he was charged with violating the espionage act two when he lead classified documents to the baltimore sun that he had claims that if the n.s.a. use their resources more effectively it could have prevented the september eleventh terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of americans and of course triggered the subsequent invasions of of ghana stan and iraq now moving on to former cia official john kiriakou who faced up to thirty years in prison after he was charged by the government for leaking classified info to the press and he was the very first cia official to publicly confirm and detail the bush administration's use of waterboarding and while the charges against him filed under the espionage act were drawn up just part of a deal he is currently serving two and a half years in jail for his actions now the the us administration of barack obama
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has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the world war one era espionage act than all of his predecessors combined but he has this has raised concerns that future whistleblowers of government fraud and abuse likely to think twice before speaking out this week reporting in moscow. mining skase hot spots in terms debate within the e.u. us as well as internationally over whether he's a hero or a traitor and now as his fate is to be decided all season we're going to work now i want to ask people in new york what they say. he's very important what he did is really important and i don't think he should be punished for doing something that's very american really i was on as a trial but he you know what he did was against the law he's a young guy and he's got his whole life ahead of him and it's not like a serious thing where you deserve so much jail time seems harsh sixty years or so years a long time i mean he obviously had his reasons for doing what he's doing and the
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government as. reasons for doing what they're doing mostly just to i guess protect themselves protect the state's i think he's guilty i think he should go to prison not for sixty years but he should go to prison you know the sticky situation but sixty years sounds a little harsh i mean you have people feel committed worse crimes against other people being sentenced to last sounds like i mean i would definitely have mixed feelings well because i see the importance of national security. at the same time revealing work crime is always an important thing also for. just generally a human rights so i'm really kind of torn on the issue he's not a threat to people i think he is not going to stop somebody hopefully but i think he could be put to work for communities rather than putting people in prison it's ridiculous. so the sentence will bend later today and will be bringing you all the
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latest developments from the courthouse at four to me stay tuned for our special coverage coming up next hour on c. there's a state of majesty in russia's far east as waters swamp i was floor should reach an ice flood levels in their a.b.c. all time records there are fears that they rise just one meter more key facilities will be destroyed that story is coming up. what defines a country's success. faceless figures of economic growth. for a factual standard of living.
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wanting. nancy live from moscow welcome back the british newspaper that broke america's most surveillance and was forced to destroy the files provided by edward snowden has explained why it gave britain two governments fresh gone. threatened legal action to stop the paper from reporting the n.s.a. leaks altogether and tries to destroy documents which have been called paid anyway the staff sassy ever poured. you've had your fun now it's time to return of the documents said the unnamed government official to the newspaper editor it could be the stuff of movies only it isn't we were faced effectively with the ultimatum from the british government that if we didn't hand back the material or destroy it they would move to law in recent months the guardian newspaper has come to be known as the paper that's been exposing secret material from a trove of information passed on to work by former contractor of the national security agency edward snowden but in recent days the editor of the newspaper is
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also published size the what had gone on a behind closed doors here how security officials had ended up in the basement of their offices overseeing the destruction of hard drives and computers which contained the very information the paper has been exposing a bizarre turn of events salaries moochers says that came all the way up from the prime minister's office once it was obvious that they would be going to law. i would rather destroy the copy than hand it back to them or allow the courts to freeze our reporting and i was happy to destroy it because it was not going to inhibit our reporting we would simply do a problem erica not from london a twenty first century possibility in a highly digital and connected world the revelation by rusbridger came just a day after the detention of david miranda partner of the guardian journalist glenn greenwald the journalist who had broken the story of snowden's leaks and the same materials around it was obtained under the u.k.'s terrorism act and was held in question for nine hours at heathrow airport it caused an outcry among politicians
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and journalists and even david anderson the independent reviewer of terrorism laws who demanded an explanation prompting the u.k. home office to go on the offensive the government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what they can do to fame. want to protect the public to tell the public what it is they're protecting them from a generalized statement about terrorism in general doesn't really do the trick you've got to be able to say well be information he's got what endangered the public for the following reasons you've got to have reasons for no such reasons have been advanced miranda's new tension as well as the destruction of computers in the guardian's basement have one of britain's most respected newspapers in the spotlight the story teller has become this story this is a very damaging moment actually for britain's reputation for free speech being laid
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bare the way that the british state is very prepared to use terrorism legislation to use accusations of terrorism in order to shut down what looks to be journalistic practice good healthy investigative journalism with some of pointed to be noticeably lackluster response from the country's other newspapers following rust merges revelations especially considering that press freedom appears to be at stake the business of reporting securely and having confidential sources is becoming difficult in these documents there is the stated ambition to scoop up everything and store it all to master the internet this is the language that's being used internally desser celia r.t. london one of the children a song has associated suggested that the college and should follow we can mix example in protecting its documents and sources a few days ago the website posted so-called insurance data which can be decrypted if anything happens to judith or edward snowden and most folks who we can expose
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explosive kristinn hrafnsson said the recent intimidation of journalists is an illegal part of the war on whistleblowers. you have been warning about this for years let me remind you that three years ago when we was under massive attack even under dress threats and a journalist in the mainstream media did not come to our defense or even work directly against us we said you should to think twice because you are next and that's exactly what has happened in the escalation in the war on journalism we see the phone records of a.p. journalists in the states being seized we see an attempt to brand in the us journalists who were working with whistleblowers us coconspirators who could be prosecuted and now we see this recent development the u.k. this is part of an escalation against the freedom of the press and we weren't about this a years ago. despite staying in snooping targets threats from abroad and nearly
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a bio data such as the us government can monitor about three quarters of american internet traffic and in his exclusive interview with al c. ecuador's president rafael correa read the gave a sign and continued and told us that the west should focus on curbing spying on its citizens instead of prosecuting the whistleblower. it really prevented at what is happening in europe is simply terrible we're talking about irresponsible behavior on the part of various governments such as that of the united states surveillance cannot be tolerated instead of protecting their people who are being spied upon wholesale they did not yet space to prison even it's scandalous fortunately the ensuing reaction from latin america was both strong and just we did not want to happen but we reacted accordingly instead of defending the rights of their own people is that of rejecting surveillance they prosecute those just spectate of helping snowden or something must change in the world and there are
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always plenty of stories on our website where you include using a trick me into. the sweat level of the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant is about to be raised to serious as the operator says contaminated water is seeping from one of the tongues they can't even track away it's coming. down to this vapor pad and exile is trying hunting could become a new challenge for iranian pupils as the country's military hopes to put a new security improving subject on the school curriculum. one of the russian far east biggest says is a brace for my last evacuations with floods expected to breakaway called levels the deluge in the region caused by heavy rains earlier this month left more than a hundred towns and villages submerged turns us. thousands of people will source to flee from their homes in search of shelter his crew has been following them not
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just hope for a trip which is now the passing to the east and according to the flood has not reached its peak and the regional capital have a dark sky and most of its infrastructure could be left underwater. just. authours he's here in the region are cautiously optimistic that the worst has passed and the water levels are beginning to recede however that is not the case by case particularly in the city of how about oscar which is under threat of becoming just the administrative center of russia's far reaching also the second largest city behind but it will stop water levels there have already broken records by continuing to rise now russia's emergency services are heading east and we're going to join them. now from the skies the damage caused by the flood just flip it all to see one point five million hectares of land submerged under water affecting around one hundred fifty communities and attention is now shifting east up until now it's
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being made legal communities affected by the floods but there's a real concern that the city of cut off is about to be submerged work is on the continuing around the clock twenty four hours a day to fortify the city much flood levels continue to rise with the peak expected in the next twenty four hours also i know the deputy to the minister of defense has been explaining exactly why focus of attention is now shifting east. would levels are finally going down the specially in the northern parts of the region right now we're mainly concerned with evacuating people and a cleanup operation it's a very important stage we have a lot of work to do as the flood has dealt a lot of damage we also need to provide locals with food and drinking water and we have all the equipment required for this now a cold i like the feel of the hate it also heading towards the city and it's going to be. deployed to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up around
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the region to get drinking water up and shelter to those who have been displaced but with the villagers know such a global audience until mid september but could be called a plain old they needed over the next few weeks. and the father upstream along they all moved in virus parts of china is to be a flood and a typhoon has claimed over two hundred lives over one hundred are still missing while most are a hundred thousand people in the west it was have been evacuated to safety motown pozo expected within the next twenty four hours and a growing number of western troops are being deployed to the flood provinces. and the kitchen court has ordered the release of former president hosni mubarak and he could be out of prison as early as today the decision came after he was cleared of charges of corruption links to his use of power mubarak still faces
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a retrial of the claims he ordered the killing of protesters during the twenty level on pricing which ousted him and he appealed it successfully against a life sentence in january. coming up next we'll continue to explore the fate of small scale farm isn't gonna be left to starve that's coming your way shortly. choose your language. can't make it without any federal minister still some of that . choose to get consent you can. choose to use that immigrate to. choose the stories that imply. chose access to.
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exactly what happened that day i don't know but a woman i killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results you get innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were often they could get what they wanted they could say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. poses no.


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