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National Security Journalism Under Fire

Monday, August 19, 2013

At the London airport this weekend, David Miranda, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner (and professional collaborator) was detained under Terrorism Act 2000 for 9 hours and questioned about the information supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Also over the weekend, Time magazine reporter Michael Grunwald tweeted (and quickly deleted) that he would defend a drone strike that "takes out" Wikileaks' Julian Assange. Amy Davidson, who writes the "Close Read" column for The New Yorker, discusses the role of national security journalism in the digital age, and why so many reporters feel so intimidated.

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The Takeaway

Assange Granted Asylum

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador's government says it will grant political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange has been inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June. He's been seeking asylum in Ecuador in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Yesterday, Ecuador's foreign minister said the UK had threatened to enter the embassy to arrest Assange.

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Granted Asylum by Ecuador

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador said Thursday that it was granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a decision that thrilled supporters but will do little to defuse the standoff at the Latin American nation's London embassy, where the Australian ex-hacker has been holed up for almost two months.

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Julian Assange, International Fugitive

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Last week the U.K.'s Supreme Court dismissed Julian Assange's bid to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning over alleged sex crimes. Due to his fear of extradition from Sweden to the U.S. to face charges over WikiLeaks, for which he could face the death penalty, he has chosen to break his bail conditions to occupy the Ecuador embassy in London. Rob Broomby from our partner the BBC and Australian journalist Phillip Knightley are following the story.

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Closing Arguments in Pre-Trial for Wikileaks Suspect Bradley Manning

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A seven day pre-trial that closes Thursday will determine if Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, a suspect in leaking confidential military and diplomatic intelligence, faces a court-martial. Manning's defense lawyers claim that the Army's computer security was lacking and a faulty chain of command. Meanwhile, his prosecutors have brought 21 witnesses to the stand in the hopes of establishing traitorous intent.

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Top of the Hour: Russian Elections, Morning Headlines

Monday, December 05, 2011

Early results show that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party, United Russia, is on track to lose its two-thirds majority in the parliament's lower house.

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Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Two appeals judges in London ruled on Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault changes. Assange, who has been under house arrest in a country manor for months, maintains his innocence and contends the charges are politically motivated. Assange and his lawyers will have 14 days to seek an appeal on the European Arrest Warrant. Nick Childs, correspondent for the BBC, reports from the High Court in London.

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WikiLeaks Publishes Names of Sources

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Since Wikileaks first began releasing diplomatic cables, the organization has been seen as a threat by the U.S. government and foreign officials. WikiLeaks recently published more than 134,000 diplomatic cables, but unlike previous "document dumps," WikiLeaks published the information themselves rather than working with established media partners like The New York Times and The Guardian. Previously, WikiLeaks would turn over documents to its media partners, which would study and redact the information before releasing it to the public. This time, WikiLeaks chose to release the documents without removing the names of diplomatic sources and other contacts.

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'WikiSecrets': New Documentary on Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It’s been a year since Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly handing over a half million classified documents to WikiLeaks, in the biggest intelligence breach in U.S. history. The former Army intelligence analyst remains jailed in the Army brig in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, awaiting his first pre-trial hearing, while WikiLeak’s head Julian Assange lives under police watch in a home near London. Their relationship is the focus of a Frontline documentary "WikiSecrets," airing tonight. Bradley Manning’s father Brian Manning says his son is innocent. He joins Frontline correspondent Martin Smith to discuss his son and the documentary.

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It's A Free Country ®

Paradigm Shift: Wikileaks and the New York Times

Friday, January 28, 2011

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There’s no question that Mister Assange dislikes me quite intensely, I don’t think he likes Mister Keller very much anymore... It’s not exactly an embrace.

John Burns London bureau chief for the New York Times

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The Takeaway

WikiLeaks' Next Target: Financial Crimes

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rudolf Elmer, an ex-employee of the Swiss Bank, Julius Baer, handed over two discs to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, in a press conference yesterday. The discs reportedly contain information on tax evasion and other crimes of more than 2,000 individuals and companies around the world. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, sees these events as a preview of what could come shortly, as rumors swirl that WikiLeaks will release damning information on a major American bank; perhaps Bank of America. Is the website's new target corruption in the financial industry?

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It's A Free Blog

My List of 2010's Most Fascinating

Friday, December 31, 2010

With just a few hours to go this year, let me add my picks for the most fascinating people of 2010 to the mix:

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ellsberg's Take

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg, activist and subject of the film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, weighs in on the significance of the Afghanistan WikiLeaks documents and comparisons between Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers.

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British Judge Allows Julian Assange to Post Bail

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Julian Assange was in court again this morning. The WikiLeaks founder is still fighting extradition to Sweden for alleged sex crimes, but today's appearance had more to do with the conditions of his bail. A British judge in a high court heard an appeal from prosecutors, but ruled against the appeal, allowing Assange to be freed from jail for some $317,000 bail. Other stipulations may also apply; the 39-year-old Australian might have to wear an electronic monitoring device, and give up his passport. But he reportedly does plan on leaving his cell for some nicer digs: a 10-room mansion in Essex.   

 

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Authorities Delay Assange's Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Julian Assange's release on bail has been delayed to allow Swedish authorities to contest the ruling.

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It's A Free Country ®

Slideshow: What To Make Of Wikileaks

Monday, December 13, 2010

Images and notable quotes from a recent symposium on Wikileaks and Internet Freedom, sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.

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The Mix: Wikileaks Week

Friday, December 10, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. This week, it's all Wikileaks. The Brian Lehrer Show covered the story of the diplomatic cables every day, with a variety of voices, and watched as the conversation moved from the content of the cables to questions over Wikileaks role in our new media landscape. As always, characters in blue, connections in italics.

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Echoes of Ellsberg in WikiLeaks Controversy

Friday, December 10, 2010

People who thought Julian Assange or Bradley Manning are immoral now, people like that certainly thought I was immoral at the time. Manning I see as the first person in 40 years who has been willing as he said to go to prison for life or be executed in order to get this information to the American people, and as he said to cause worldwide discussion, debate and reform. That's where I was 40 years ago, and I haven't heard anyone say anything like that in the intervening period.

-Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked the infamous Pentagon Papers in 1971, on The Brian Lehrer Show.  

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Your Take: Wikileaks Drama

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Our listeners have had a lot to say during our coverage of WikiLeaks and the news on Julian Assange, from all parts of the opinion spectrum.   

Kevin from Kansas had this to say: 

Assange is not some hero making us aware of a policy he disagrees with. He just releases as much sensitive information as possible to create damage. What if he was leaking information damaging to you? Prosecute him to the MAX.

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WikiLeaks: Are the Critics Wrong?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Just imagine if on this show today the government's listening and decides there are things that you say or that one of your guests say that it doesn't like or it think harms the national security of the United States and then it starts calling your banks and telling your banks to freeze your funds because what you've done is illegal. And then it starts cutting off your credit cards and preventing people from donating to your station...all informal, all just through pressuring tactics and bullying tactics. Is anyone going to argue...that this is not a major threat to freedom of the press and first ammendment values? That is exactly what they're doing to WikiLeaks.

- Glenn Greenwald, columnist with Salon.com on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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