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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.

Jul 8, 2013

Defense opens in U.S. WikiLeaks trial, soldier shown as tech whiz

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier accused of the largest release of classified material in the country’s history was regarded by his superiors as a “go-to guy” with strong computer skills but a tendency to jump to conclusions, a former supervisor testified on Monday.

Lawyers for Private First Class Bradley Manning began the defense phase of the trial of the former junior intelligence analyst by calling one of the officials who oversaw Manning during his deployment to Iraq.

Jul 5, 2013

Defense to take center stage in U.S. WikiLeaks court-martial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For weeks, Private First Class Bradley Manning has been portrayed as an arrogant loner and a traitor who damaged U.S. security and put countless lives at risk by providing hundreds of thousands of secret files to WikiLeaks.

Now, as his lawyers prepare to kick off their case, they will seek to convince the judge deciding the trial that Manning has been miscast by prosecutors. They are likely to argue, said legal experts, that he is a naive, well-intentioned 25-year-old who wanted to alert Americans to the reality of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jul 2, 2013

Prosecution wraps up case in U.S. WikiLeaks court-martial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Court-martial prosecutors wrapped up their case on Tuesday against the soldier charged with providing a trove of secret material to WikiLeaks in the biggest leak of classified files in U.S. history.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, faces 21 charges, including espionage, computer fraud and, most seriously, aiding the enemy. Manning could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Jul 2, 2013

Prosecution calls last witness in U.S. WikiLeaks court-martial

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Court-martial prosecutors called their last witness on Tuesday against the soldier charged with providing a trove of secret material to WikiLeaks in the biggest leak of classified files in U.S. history.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, faces 21 charges, including espionage, computer fraud and, most seriously, aiding the enemy. Manning could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. launches biggest crackdown on designer drugs

, June 26 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities carried
out their biggest sweep against designer synthetic drugs on
Wednesday, cracking down on potentially dangerous herbal blends
marketed to young people, the Drug Enforcement Administration
said.

Law enforcement officers carried out more than 150 arrest
warrants and nearly 375 search warrants in 35 U.S. states and
five countries, the DEA said. More than 770 pounds (350 kg) of
synthetic drugs have been seized in the last three days, it
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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