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Snowden: I'm Willing to Serve Prison Time

NSA Whistleblower is 'still waiting' to hear from authorities

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower on the lam? Indeed, but he's also willing to return to the US and serve time if authorities will cut him a deal, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the BBC show "Panorama," Snowden says he's offered to make such a... More »

Snowden Had Top Spy Lawyer on Retainer

Sought plea deal to return home

(Newser) - Last summer, hoping to strike a plea deal with the US, Edward Snowden lawyered up: The former NSA contractor had leading espionage lawyer Plato Cacheris on retainer, insiders tell the New York Times . "Snowden is interested in returning home," says another of his lawyers, Ben Wizner of the... More »

Army: Manning's 35-Year Sentence Will Stand

Clears way for an automatic appeal

(Newser) - An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified US government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said today. The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an... More »

Manning Not Guilty of Aiding Enemy, But...

...He's found guilty of most other charges against him

(Newser) - Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge leveled against him and the one that could have carried a life sentence. But the WikiLeaker isn't exactly off the hook; he was convicted on 17 other counts, including at least five counts of... More »

Where's Snowden? Still Lying Low

Hong Kong hasn't acted on US request to detain him

(Newser) - Now that the Justice Department has accused Edward Snowden of espionage and theft and asked Hong Kong to detain him, what's the holdup? "No clear answer," says the Washington Post . In other words, the stuff that lawyers dream of—a byzantine tangle of legal complications surrounding Hong... More »

Peter King: Prosecute Journalists Who Leak

Congressman discusses NSA fiasco

(Newser) - Peter King is not messing around when it comes to journalists who help leak classified information. The congressman told Anderson Cooper on CNN last night that, "if they willingly knew that this was classified information," they should be prosecuted and punished. "I think, something of this magnitude,... More »

5 Things to Know as Bradley Manning Trial Starts

Kicks off 3 years after arrest

(Newser) - Bradley Manning's trial officially begins today, after years of pretrial hearings and angry protests. If you haven't been keeping up, here are some things you'll want to know:
  • The trial is already one of the longest in military history, a Yale military law professor tells NPR , adding,
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Bradley Manning Heads to Court

In chat logs, Wikileaker wanted 'people to see the truth'

(Newser) - Bradley Manning will at last head to court today, for a pre-trial hearing in which prosecutors must prove they have sufficient evidence to court-martial him. The charges against him include aiding the enemy, violating the Espionage Act, and a variety of lesser offenses, the Washington Post reports. While aiding the... More »

Whistleblower Gets Plea Deal in NSA Case

White House had hoped to send message on leaks

(Newser) - A White House attempt to crack down on classified leaks is fizzling with a misdemeanor plea deal, reports the Washington Post . Former NSA official Thomas Drake will plead guilty to using a government computer to share information with an unauthorized person— who happened to a be a Baltimore Sun reporter... More »

Feds Building Conspiracy Case Against Assange

Charges would sidestep First Amendment issues

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors searching for criminal charges to lodge against Julian Assange are trying to build a conspiracy case against him. Officials are seeking to determine whether the WikiLeaks founder encouraged accused leaker Bradley Manning to provide the site with classified files, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors are examining chat... More »

GOP Introduces Bill Aimed at Punishing Assange

Measure would make it illegal to publish military, spy informants' names

(Newser) - Leading Republicans have introduced legislation specifically aimed at prosecuting Julian Assange for his WikiLeaks spillage. Using the Espionage Act, as planned, didn't work when the federal government tried to suppress the Pentagon Papers published in the New York Times. The Enforcing Lawful Dissemination (Shield) Bill, introduced by New York GOP... More »

US Pushing to Grab Assange From Whoever's Got HIm

Analysts: Fight for WikiLeaks boss likely to get messy

(Newser) - Julian Assange hasn't been charged with any crime in the US, but the international tug-of-war for the WikiLeaks founder appears to have already begun. Assange is in British custody awaiting extradition proceedings to Sweden, and US officials have held informal talks with their Swedish counterparts over the possibility of having... More »

Lieberman Floats Bill to Kill WikiLeaks

Naming a US intelligence source would be federal crime

(Newser) - Joe Lieberman and a number of other senators have introduced legislation that would make it a crime to publish the name of a US intelligence source, in an explicit attack on WikiLeaks. The recent release of State Department cables “is just the latest example of how our national security... More »

Assange Could Face Espionage Act Charges

Ecuador, meanwhile, offers WikiLeaks founder residency

(Newser) - The US government is trying to pin Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks cohorts with charges under the Espionage Act—a 1917 law that predated various Supreme Court cases expanding First Amendment protections. The FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the State Department cables that leaked yesterday, sources... More »

Army 'WikiLeaker' Faces 8 Federal Charges

Bradley Manning accused of espionage for downloading video

(Newser) - An Army intelligence analyst who has acknowledged providing classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks was charged with eight criminal offenses yesterday, Wired reports . Pfc. Bradley Manning violated the Espionage Act by giving classified material to a nongovernment third party, the government alleges. Manning, 22, is in custody in Kuwait,... More »

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