Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Manning Verdict Said to Raise Odds of WikiLeaks' Assange Prosecution

At the video communist Amy Goodman interviews Michael Ratner, an attorney for WikiLeaks.

And at the Washington Post, "Manning’s conviction seen as making prosecution of WikiLeaks’ Assange likely":
The conviction of Army private Bradley Manning on espionage charges Tuesday makes it increasingly likely that the United States will prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a co-conspirator, according to his attorney and civil liberties groups.

Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, found Manning guilty of several violations of the Espionage Act, and he could face life in prison. Press freedom advocates said the verdict adds to their alarm that the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of leakers will discourage whistleblowers from providing critical information on military and intelligence matters.