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How Climate Change Fueled Syria's Uprising

Drought created refugees who were 'willing recruits' against Assad: Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - Before the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, Syria was stuck in a four-year drought the UN reportedly called the country's worst in decades. In 2008, a US embassy cable revealed by WikiLeaks predicted potential mass migration due to the weather—and the cable was right. "By 2010, roughly 1... More »

Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years in Prison

Prosecutors had wanted 60

(Newser) - Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his infamous leaking activities, according to multiple reports. He will also be dishonorably discharged and forfeit all pay and allowances, the Guardian reports. Manning will get credit for the time he's already spent in jail, which amounts to... More »

Forget WikiLeaks: Manning Should Have Gone to NYT

He might have seen more leniency: Bill Keller

(Newser) - Bradley Manning told a military court that he'd tried to contact the New York Times with the host of diplomatic cables that ended up hitting WikiLeaks. Things might have been different if he'd succeeded, speculates Bill Keller in the Times. Private Manning might have benefited: "I suspect... More »

Bin Laden Sought WikiLeaks Documents: Prosecutors

Manning, Julian Assange 'laughed' over Pentagon concerns

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden asked an al-Qaeda member for materials Pfc. Bradley Manning allegedly passed to WikiLeaks, prosecutors in Manning's trial plan to say. As the hearings continue, prosecutors will show Internet conversations between Manning and Julian Assange, the New York Times reports; one reveals the pair "laughing" over... More »

Michael Moore, Bigwigs Are Out $317K on Assange Bail

They're down $317K so far, could lose another $222K

(Newser) - The bigwigs who put up bail for Julian Assange— including Michael Moore —have already lost $317,000 of that money, and could lose another $222,000 if the WikiLeaks founder does not surrender to UK police. The first $317,000 was lost after Assange fled to Ecuador's London... More »

WikiLeaks Cables May Imperil Baghdad Jews

'The older ones are refusing to leave,' priest says

(Newser) - Baghdad's few remaining Jews are being warned to flee after WikiLeaks published cables including their names last month, McClatchy reports. An Anglican priest working with the US embassy is trying to persuade the city's last Jewish members—all nine of them—that they are in danger. "Most... More »

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Has Prostate Cancer

2008 diplomatic cable said president could die in '3 to 5 years'

(Newser) - WikiLeaks' latest spill is a 2008 US diplomatic cable that says Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that's spread and "will cause his death in three to five years," Reuters reports. The 87-year-old longtime Zimbabwe leader was apparently advised at the time to resign the presidency; Mugabe last... More »

WikiLeaks Blames Guardian for Cable Leak

Newspaper leaked password for unredacted files, WikiLeaks complains

(Newser) - A lesson in the importance of changing your passwords, courtesy of WikiLeaks and the Guardian : An unredacted version of WikiLeaks' entire trove of US diplomatic cables has been leaked online and WikiLeaks says it's all the newspaper's fault, the BBC reports. A message from the site posted on... More »

Cyberattack Crashes WikiLeaks

Website back up now: Reuters

(Newser) - WikiLeaks was under cyberattack again last night, according to messages posted on its Twitter feed. The website, which is in the process of releasing thousands more US diplomatic cables, was later brought back online, though some were still unable to access it. Sources have told Reuters that the latest document... More »

Leak From WikiLeaks Endangers US Sources

Entire unredacted cable file hits Internet

(Newser) - A file containing all of WikiLeaks’ 251,000 US State Department cables has—wait for it—leaked online, this time without the names of US sources redacted, meaning many of them could be in danger. The file leaked out thanks to some misunderstandings, some carelessness, and the feud between Julian... More »

WikiLeaks Releases Thousands of New Docs

Feds ask web host for info on Assange

(Newser) - WikiLeaks is releasing tens of thousands of previously unpublished American diplomatic cables, and encouraging the public to look for nuggets of information in them using a searchable database . The cables, part of a cache of 250,000 leaked State Department reports WikiLeaks says it has, had previously only been released... More »

WikiLeaks Cables: Pakistan Urged Drone Strikes

Top newspaper publishes diplomatic cache

(Newser) - Pakistani officials didn’t just accept US drone strikes in the country—they pushed for them, according to WikiLeaks’ latest batch of US diplomatic cables. The cables, published in top Pakistani newspaper Dawn , detail a conversation between a US diplomat and top Pakistani official in which the official suggests the... More »

US Secretly Funded Syrian Opposition

Diplomatic cables show $6M went to one group

(Newser) - Newly released diplomatic cables show that the US State Department has secretly funded opposition groups in Syria, as well as a London-based satellite TV channel that offers anti-government programming. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, show that the State Department has given as much as $6 million since 2006 to the... More »

US Played Secret Role in Mideast Uprisings

Trained movement leaders in political organizing, prompting Arab governments' suspicions

(Newser) - While the US was spending billions to support Middle Eastern governments, it was also funding groups pushing democracy in the region—organizations that helped train some of the leaders of the recent uprisings, the New York Times reports. Groups funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, which promotes democracy in... More »

Manning's Life Before WikiLeaks: Fights, a 911 Call

Inside the troubled childhood of alleged WikiLeaker

(Newser) - Even before he found himself thrown in the brig for allegedly handing over classified material to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning led a troubled life in rural Oklahoma. PBS talks to Manning's family and friends, including a lengthy interview with father Brian Manning, and discovers that as a child, Manning had few... More »

US Ambassador to Mexico Quits Over Cables Flap

Carlos Pascual called Mexico's police inefficient and risk-averse

(Newser) - WikiLeaks has toppled its highest-ranking US official yet—the US ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual. In diplomatic cables, Pascual called Mexico's police and armed forces corrupt, risk averse, inefficient, and "reliant on the United States for leads and operations," which really didn't sit well with Mexico's conservative, nationalist... More »

Japan Was Warned About Nuke Safety in '08

WikiLeaks cables also reveal a number of other past concerns

(Newser) - The Japanese government was warned in 2008 that a strong earthquake would be a “serious problem” for the country’s nuclear power stations, WikiLeaks cables reveal. An International Atomic Energy Agency official declared twin concerns at a meeting of the G8’s Nuclear Safety and Security Group: that safety... More »

Cables Reveal Saudi Royals' Money Grabs

US messages detail royal welfare program, and royal schemes

(Newser) - The handouts Saudi King Abdullah is granting to his people are nothing compared to the handouts his family's thousands of princes and princesses have received over the past two decades. American diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks detail the royal welfare program, which has cost the country an estimated $2... More »

WikiLeaks Exposed Gadhafi Family Abuses

Clan's abuse of power helped fuel unrest

(Newser) - Libyans had plenty of reasons to despise Moammar Gadhafi and his clan long before the leader ordered the use of heavy artillery on protesters. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks detail some of the Gadhafis' abuses of power, which are known to Libyans despite the regime's control of the media,... More »

US Case Against Assange Sputtering

Officials can't prove he influenced Bradley Manning

(Newser) - US investigators haven’t been able to prove that Bradley Manning gave files directly to Julian Assange—and now officials say they also can’t prove that Assange induced Manning to leak the documents in the first place. Manning was initially painted as a confused young man influenced by Assange,... More »

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