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    •  You're so welcome. (5+ / 0-)

      I hoped there were still some folks around here that would want to know.

      Hope you're doing well.

      Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:26:52 AM PST

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      •  I am, thank you. (7+ / 0-)

        This is more important than most ppl know. Manning will be remembered as a hero. Our government's reaction to his truth-telling is a shameful indictment. I guess it can go on the pile with all the rest.

      •  my thanks to you & here's today's Democracy Now! (4+ / 0-)

        report with Michael Ratner who said this about wikikleaks and Julian Assange...

        MICHAEL RATNER: Well, there are two things that came out. One is, I would say that Bradley Manning’s testimony put WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in the same place that The New York Times would be or The Guardian, which is to say he gave documents or uploaded them to a website that is the equivalent of—you know, with The New York Times getting information about warrantless wiretapping from someone in the U.S. National Security Agency. So I think, in that sense, it tells us that the U.S. should get off his back, that Julian Assange should be getting the support of The New York Times and The Guardian and Der Spiegel, which used all of these—which used all of these documents. So I think it’s actually, in that sense, helpful to Julian Assange.

        On the other hand, there were two people who were identified to me as members—as lawyers on the grand jury that’s sitting in—that’s sitting in Virginia. Two of the prosecuting attorneys were there in the court.

        : Yesterday, at the pretrial hearing of Bradley Manning.

        : Yes, yes, yes.

        AMY GOODMAN: So they’re there, and you’re there, Assange’s attorney.

        MICHAEL RATNER: They’re there, and I’m there. I didn’t have a chance to meet them, because they don’t come out and mix with the rest of us. They’re on the government’s side with—surrounded by camouflaged people. But they were there. And so, that tells us that that grand jury is still active and going on, and that they are still after Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. When I say "they," the U.S. government. But for some reason, they’re thinking they can distinguish that from The New York Times and The Guardian. I don’t think they can. And I think it’s—you know, to me, it’s outrageous that The New York Times and The Guardian have not supported one of the people they worked with in revealing these documents.

        (emphasis mine)

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:46:34 PM PST

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