On Democracy Now!, Peter Maass (The Intercept) described the Obama administration’s prosecution of Stephen Kim under the Espionage Act, treatment typically reserved for whistleblowers. (more…)
For three years, Bradley Manning has been jailed while the world speculated about his guilt or innocence in the release of classified material to WikiLeaks. On Thursday, the Army Private finally had the opportunity to tell his story at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland. In a 35-page statement that he read aloud, Manning acknowledged sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, He said he wanted to show Americans the “true costs of war.”
“I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience,” said Manning, who spoke under oath for more than an hour. (more…)
In an interview on Democracy Now!, former CIA agent John Kiriakou discussed his recent conviction on a count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Kiriakou, who will soon begin serving a sentence of 30 months in prison, defended his decision to disclose waterboarding by the Bush administration.