Isn't it high time to amend or repeal the Espionage Act of 1917 so that it can't be used to charge whistle-blowers or journalists with "aiding the enemy"?
The American public now knows, courtesy of Edward Snowden, the meaning of "consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties," as defined by the NSA and President Barack Obama.
In light of the N.S.A. and earlier "Cable Gate" scandals, the Brazilian government may believe the Pentagon sees the country as a menace or potential threat. If that is Washington's view, however, such a policy may become more problematic in future.
What Manning, Snowden and Assange did for us is more than the thousands of NGO's, the United Nations and all those 'good-hearted' organizations have failed to do in a hundred years. These men have given us information.
Now that Russia has granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who compromised massive amounts of U.S. intelligence and surveillance secrets, the prevailing wisdom is that he will no longer be meeting Russian President Putin for a separate sit-down. Such a boycott would run counter to U.S. interests.
Bradley Manning stands convicted, though not of the biggest charge. Edward Snowden is out of Moscow's main airport, his latest revelation of NSA surveillance echoing loudly. Two cases of conviction, though imperfect, with only one convicted, bringing mixed tidings and mixed reactions.
If a few years ago, someone told you that the war against government secrecy would be partially fought from the halls of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and a transit area in Moscow's airport, you would either assume that person was describing Tom Cruise's next Mission Impossible. Yet here we are.
Manning is certainly a hero. But in the eyes of the law, he's also a criminal. And we should try to understand that both perceptions are correct.
Barrett is a member of a new generation of journalists who double as activists, those who recognize that dissent is fully warranted against a media complicit in creating the conditions for war.
Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. The good news is he was found not guilty on the charge of "aiding the enemy." That's 'cause who he was aiding was us, the American people. And we're not the enemy. Right?
Assange must face questioning in Sweden. Come out of the embassy and face the world. In the words of some, Assange should Manning up.
On Tuesday afternoon U.S. Army private first class Bradley Manning was found not guilty of "aiding the enemy," but guilty on five charges of espionage...
No verdict handed down by the military judge can change the moral verdict that has emerged from people all over the world, reciprocating what Bradley Manning expressed online a few days before his arrest: "I can't separate myself from others."
It's anyone's guess what the Brazilian military makes of such aggressive Pentagon maneuvering, but at long last the government seems to have woken up to the threat of electronic eavesdropping.
The Obama administration's pursuit of an "aiding the enemy" charge against Army Private Bradley Manning for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks...
Snowden recently released info showing Microsoft is working with the government, granting backdoor access to monitor private citizens for terrorist ac...