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Aug 15, 2013

Manning tells court he’s ‘sorry’ for U.S. secrets breach to WikiLeaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning on Wednesday told a military court “I’m sorry” for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history.

“I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States,” the 25-year-old U.S. Army Private First Class told the sentencing phase of his court-martial. “I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions … The last few years have been a learning experience.”

Aug 14, 2013

U.S. soldier Manning could break silence as WikiLeaks trial nears end

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest data breach in U.S. history, could break a long silence on Wednesday as the sentencing phase of his court-martial wraps up.

Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 files, battle videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, a pro-transparency website.

Aug 9, 2013

Regulators vote to reduce rates for prison phone calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to reduce prison telephone rates that had made it far more expensive for prison inmates to make phone calls than it is outside prison walls.

The commission voted 2-1 to reduce interstate phone rates for inmates that it said had been as high as $17 for a 15-minute call when extra fees were added in, the panel said in a statement.

Aug 9, 2013

U.S. regulators vote to reduce rates for prison phone calls

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission voted on Friday to reduce prison
telephone rates that had made it far more expensive for prison
inmates to make phone calls than it is outside prison walls.

The commission voted 2-1 to reduce interstate phone rates
for inmates that it said had been as high as $17 for a 15-minute
call when extra fees were added in, the panel said in a
statement.

Jul 12, 2013

Feature: New project aims to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay

OXFORD, Maryland (Reuters) – The Chesapeake was once so full of oysters that Native Americans called it “great shellfish bay.” No more.

A combination of overfishing, disease, pollution, silting and runoff has devastated oyster numbers in North America’s biggest estuary. Harvests are at about 1 percent of the records set in the 1880s, when 20 million bushels were pulled from the bay.

Jul 12, 2013

New project aims to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay

, July 12 (Reuters) – The Chesapeake was once so
full of oysters that Native Americans called it “great shellfish
bay.” No more.

A combination of overfishing, disease, pollution, silting
and runoff has devastated oyster numbers in North America’s
biggest estuary. Harvests are at about 1 percent of the records
set in the 1880s, when 20 million bushels were pulled from the
bay.

Jul 10, 2013

WikiLeaks a journalism high point -U.S. court-martial witness

, July 10 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks and its model
of decentralized leaking of secrets is a high point in
journalism history, a Harvard professor testified on Wednesday
at the court-martial of a U.S. soldier charged with passing
secret documents to the website.

Testifying for the defense at the trial of Private First
Class Bradley Manning, Harvard Law School professor Yochai
Benkler said WikiLeaks had taken on a role that had always been
played by investigative journalism.

Jul 10, 2013

Pentagon saw WikiLeaks as journalistic site: trial witness

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. military viewed anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks as a news gathering operation before Private First Class Bradley Manning leaked a trove of classified files to it, a Harvard professor testified at Manning’s court-martial on Wednesday.

Yochai Benkler, a Harvard University law professor and expert on media law, testified for the defense that a 2008 Defense Department report on WikiLeaks had said that a U.S. enemy could theoretically use the site to gather information.

Jul 9, 2013

Leaked Gitmo ‘baseball cards’ had little value: WikiLeaks trial witness

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Secret data on Guantanamo Bay detainees dubbed “baseball cards” that a soldier leaked to WikiLeaks had little value for U.S. enemies, the prison’s former top prosecutor testified at a court-martial on Tuesday.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is accused of releasing more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website, including more than 700 assessment briefs on prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Jul 9, 2013

U.S. soldier in WikiLeaks case had free access to secret files

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The soldier accused of the largest release of classified material in U.S. history had wide-open access to secret files that could easily be downloaded, witnesses told a court-martial on Monday at the start of defense testimony.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, accused of releasing more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks, had nothing to stop him from installing software for the high-speed download of secret State Department cables, the witnesses said.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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