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Manning To Seek Obama Pardon

Former Army intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning is planning to formally request a pardon from President Obama, his lawyer said Wednesday. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told reporters at Fort Meade, Md., that Manning would apply for a presidential pardon after he was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison on charges of espionage. Coombs said that Manning would tell Obama that he acted “out of a love to my country, and a sense of duty to others,” according to The Guardian. Manning was given a 35-year prison sentence Wednesday by Army Judge Col. Denise Lind for his role in leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. It was a shorter sentence than the 60 years prosecutors had sought/Jeremy Herb, SR. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Should President Obama pardon Pfc Manning?

Wikileaks reveals Japan warned about nuclear plant safety

Thanks to the forces that be for protecting us from this information.

A document obtained via a U.S. embassy cable
by Wikileaks quoted an unnamed expert who expressed concern that guidance on how to protect nuclear power stations from earthquakes had only been updated three times in the past 35 years.

Ilya: Admiring Assange, Wikileaks

I’ll come out and say it — I’m a fan of Julian Assanage and Wikileaks. I think the organization, and by extension the man himself, are doing a good service to the world by exposing secrets and classified information to the general public. While I may disagree on certain aspects, such as releasing full cables and reports with named and easily identifiable undercover personnel, I generally feel Assanage is doing the right thing. If governments are allowed to keep these secrets private, how can we keep an eye on our government? Many out there also share admiration for Wikileaks, and some are much more passionate/Ilya Pinchuk, Idaho Argonaut. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you consider Julian Assanage & Wikileaks to be a good thing or a bad thing?

WikiLeaks reveals U.S. manipulated climate talks in Copenhagen

Last year, this blog spent so much time discussing the climate conference in Copenhagen, readers thought Down To Earth was in Denmark. Fast forward a year later and the end result didn’t net anything more than talk. But now, secret diplomatic cables released by the omnipotent journalist known as WikiLeaks revealed the U.S. special climate change envoy was going to withhold funds to countries like Ecuador and Bolivia, when they refused to sign on to the Copenhagen Accord and dug some dirt on nations opposed to their way of tackling global warming.

Amy Goodman interviews Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal on this fascinating story at Democracy Now. After the jump is an excerpt.

WikiLeaks Founder Appears In Court

An artist impression by courts artist Elizabeth Cook of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, where he was denied bail after appearing on an extradition warrant. Assange surrendered to London police as part of a Swedish sex-crimes investigation, the latest blow to an organization that faces legal, financial and technological challenges after releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables. Story here. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Cook-pa)

Question: Are you concerned that WikiLeaks has compromised our security by releasing hundreds of U.S. diplomatic cables?

Julian Assange arrested in Great Britain…

Good morning, Netizens…

LONDON – Police say Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder has surrendered to British police as part of a Swedish sex-crimes investigation, the latest blow to the secret-spilling website that faces legal, financial and security challenges.

Assange was arrested at 9:30 a.m. (930 GMT) Tuesday and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrate’s Court later today. Assange has been hiding out at an undisclosed location in Great Britain since WikiLeaks began publishing hundreds of U.S. diplomatic cables on the Internet last week.


Historical facts are as strange as WikiLeaks?

Good morning again, Netizens…

As I was saying to one of my friends last evening, I am still uncertain what to make of the information released thus far by Assange’s WikiLeaks. However, after careful consideration of everything I have read (and I have read a substantial amount of what has already been posted) I am still undecided about the relative worth of what I have read. Some of it, such as proposed in this cartoon from David Horsey, is purely salacious, hilarious if true and perhaps even accurate. If we only knew what is true and what is not! Then we wouldn’t need anyone like Solomon to determine the facts for us, now would we?

As usual, David Horsey has as many points in his favor as he has detractors. It somehow stands to reason that, given the chaos and pandemonium we sometimes see in our own so-called “modern” society, surely some of that is echoed between diplomats and members of other governments. That, by itself, adds some credence to the cartoon this morning.

In Horsey’s examination of International Relations, as suggested by WikiLeaks, it does seem that the entire world of diplomacy is eagerly screwing one another, some more than others. Let’s take Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, for example. His buxom nurse that travels everywhere with him is best-described as curious, but Gaddafi has already been down that road before in the public eye without the aid of WikiLeaks. It is common knowledge he has an exclusive cadre of female all-virgin bodyguards who must wear lipstick, nail varnish and be masters of hand-to-hand combat. All his guards have taken an oath to surrender their lives for his, if need be, as at least one has. Sometimes when he travels to other foreign countries, he has been known to set up a Bedouin tent wherever he deems it necessary. But there is always that voluptuous nurse.

As for the rest, you can believe what you want about foreign diplomacy. The deeper you look, the more Julian Assange’s latest assertions seem to be factual. One, however, never knows, do we?


WikiLeaks. Again.

WASHINGTON — The release of more than 250,000 classified State Department documents forced the Obama administration into damage control, trying to contain fallout from unflattering assessments of world leaders and revelations about backstage U.S. diplomacy.

The publication of the secret cables on Sunday amplified widespread global alarm about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and unveiled occasional U.S. pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Korea. The leaks also disclosed bluntly candid impressions from both diplomats and other world leaders about America’s allies and foes. Read more.

WikiLeaks: Items of important public interest? Items that jeopardize foreign policy issues? Or both?

Signe: Wikileaks

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer