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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:25 pm 
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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

That policeman's lot is not a happy one


By Iain Thomson • The Register



A fairly basic security slip has showed just how far the British police are preparing to go to make sure Julian Assange doesn't leaving the UK without getting his collar felt.

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"Action required – Assange to be arrested under all circumstances," reads a handwritten briefing note photographed in the hands of one of the officers surrounding the Ecuadorian embassy. The note says Assange is to be arrested if he leaves the embassy in the company of another diplomat or if the Ecuadorians try and smuggle him out in the diplomatic bag.

The police briefing note also warns that there may be an attempt at disruption to aid Assange's escape, possibly by the protestors who are at the embassy. The note references SS10, which may be a misspelling of SO10, the Metropolitan Police's covert operations group, and SS20, the forces' counter-terrorism protective security command.

Checking the diplomatic bag to the embassy might seem nonsensical, summoning up images of Assange contorting himself into a piece of luggage, but diplomatically protected luggage can be anything up to and including a shipping container and they've carried people before.

In 1985 relations between the Nigerian government and the British were strained when the former Nigerian transport minister Umaru Dikko was abducted in London, drugged and found in diplomatic freight by police. In that case the authorities were able to inspect the crate Dikko had been stuffed into because the diplomatic paperwork on the flight had been incorrectly filed.

When it comes to its own diplomatic materials, however, the British government takes a harder line. It issued a strong protest when the sanctity of its own diplomatic bag was violated by Zimbabwean authorities in 2000.

The Ecuadorian government has also had its own problems in this area. In February the Italian authorities found 40kg of cocaine in diplomatic mail. The Ecuadorians allowed the search that discovered the drugs and announced a full investigation.

So for the moment the stand-off continues. Assange seems safe from extradition within the embassy grounds and has a long time to go before he becomes a long-standing occupant. The all-time winner of the embassy house-guest award is still held by Catholic cardinal József Mindszenty, who lived at the US Embassy in Budapest from 1956 to 1971.

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 Post subject: Re: All Things Wikileaked: Assange granted asylum by Ecuador
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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Wikileaking private could be freed in ten years


By Brid-Aine Parnell - The Register



A military judge has sentenced US Army Private Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking classified material to Wikileaks.

He was also dishonourably discharged from the Army, busted from private first class to private and will forfeit all pay and allowances.

Manning has built up credit of three and a half years of pre-trial jail time, including 112 days that were given to him after the judge ruled he was "illegally punished" while being held at US Marine base Quantico, reducing his sentence to around 33 years. The Wikileaker has to serve at least a third of his jail sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.

The 25-year-old private first class had been facing up to 90 years in prison for leaking over 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables, along with the video of a US helicopter attack in Baghdad in which a Reuters news photographer and his driver were killed.

The soldier was cleared of the serious charge of "aiding the enemy", which carries the death penalty, but was found guilty of 20 further charges related to accessing and handing over the documents.

Prosecutors had pushed for at least 60 years of jail time, saying that a longer sentence would dissuade other soldiers from a similar course of action, The Guardian, Associated Press and others reported.

But Manning's defence attorney David Coombs asked for a sentence of no more than 25 years, one that wouldn't "rob him of his youth".

Manning told the court in February that he leaked the information in order to "spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general".

While the prosecution has claimed that his leaks endangered military and diplomatic lives and risked national security, Coombs has consistently painted Manning as a naive youth whose disillusionment with his military life led to the leaks.

Under military law, the verdict and sentence have to be reviewed by the commander of the military district of Washington, currently Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, who could reduce the sentence. Because the sentence includes a dishonourable discharge and confinement for a year or more, the case will be automatically reviewed by the army court of criminal appeals.

Further appeals can be made to the US court of appeals for the armed forces, and the Supreme Court.

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In other news, Bradley would now like to be known as Chelsea.

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With the WikiLeaks trial now over, former private first class Bradley Manning has announced the intention to transition sex via female hormone therapy and said she wished to be referred to as Chelsea E. Manning from now on.

"I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible," Manning said in a statement. "I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility)."

In an interview on NBC's Today Show, Manning's lawyer David Coombs said that Manning had made the decision to delay the announcement until after the trial so as to ensure attention was not deflected from the pertinent facts of the case.

Coombs said that the ultimate goal wasn't to try to get Manning reassigned to a female prison, but that she "be comfortable in her skin, and to be the person that she's never had the opportunity to be."


I just hope he's she is OK. It think we should applaud all whistle blowers who leak evidence of government crimes etc. that would otherwise remain hidden. We owe them all a debt of gratitude imho.

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Con there was a programme on BBC 2 the other night called Horizon beating the hackers or something like that.

Might be something you're interested in being our resident computer nerd :poke: :wink:

Should be up on the iPlayer.


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Con there was a programme on BBC 2 the other night called Horizon beating the hackers or something like that.

Might be something you're interested in being our resident computer nerd :poke: :wink:

Should be up on the iPlayer.


I'll check that out, cheers. :thumbup:

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