Egypt: US hoists next false flag – by BE Macomber

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Egypt’s struggle for self-control

Three years of weariness, from 2011 until now, we witnessed a nation’s hope to break crusty chains of autocracy in favor of freshly minted democracy. As Ra’s sun sets across the plains of Giza, optimism is fading faster than camel spit in the Sahara at high noon.

False flags gave us Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan as dependents for American taxpayers. In all, the U.S. government has spent more than $7.6 trillion on defense and homeland security since the 9/11 attacks.

Egypt’s current Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s junta is fashioning its self into a ‘you are f**ked’ fascist state more lethal than three decades of commander Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak ruling the roost. Mubarak’s sticky oppression and one million-man army repression ruled unchallenged, until one day someone flipped the switch and then another, and now a movie, more familiar than not, is premiering. The film is an epic horror flick with shadowy characters in Armani knock-off suits pulling the strings of bad actors on the world stage. The latest main dude puppet is dressed in khaki, shades (sun glasses), and more gold braid rick rack on a military warrior slave soldier than Napoleon.

Facts about Egypt

Fact One: Over 40% of the Egyptian economy is controlled by the military/police so corrupt it makes New York City’s Tammany Hall look like amateur night at a local pub in Buckwater, Montana.

Fiefdoms glorified with despotism, double dating nepotism, is the Egyptian corrupt way to control an uneducated lot so immense supposedly 33 million of them filled the streets June 30, 2013, hoping for change, a paycheck, and some bread. The eerie query is “what change?” The number is debated alongside the so-called 22 million who signed a petition foisted by the ‘revolutionary’ Tamarod lot. This mostly unread treatise demanded the resignation of the then next current president, Dr. Mohamed Morsi. Showcased in this is how to boost a coup deploying Hollywood fantasy?

The eleventh richest man in Africa backed the Tamarod; Naquib Sawiris tweets on about his support for Tamarod. As big daddy war bucks Sawiris smothered the Tamarod group with funding, while doling out office space, equipment, and promises. The fact he was a stalwart backer of the old regime (Mubarak) who had thrown his considerable advantages behind the secular opposition to Morsi seemed to go unnoticed by the unclean masses or the snotty youth Tamarod movement. Co-optation is a ring in the nose of any revolution.

Fact two: Installing a military coup in Egypt by arresting Egypt’s first legitimate civilian elected democratic president, Dr. Mohamed Morsi, began in June of 2012 (yes, you read that right). The subsequent arrest of various Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Dr. Morsi in June of 2013 is chapter one of al-Sisi Sawiris Hitler’s playbook.

Egypt turned inside out during an 18-day siege of Tahrir Square; known as the Arab Spring. This battle by the people in 2011 forced the resignation of tyrant Mubarak and his arrest. The people’s strident blaring for democracy subsequently was trampled under by the roar of tanks, lung-choking tear gas, gang rapes, and sniper killings as al-Sisi Sawiris destroyed the future to re-establish the past. The junta’s latest installation of high tech fencing, draped with Egyptian flag bunting is to stop any further protesting in the square. Unless one is invited to a celebratory party by the junta for al-Sisi’s rise to the presidency, there will be no more happenings in Tahrir Square. It is symbolic. It is also cruel and curt, but not art; the fence, I mean.

Fact three: The world is aghast or head deep in White Desert sands witnessing 22,000+ protesters including 20 respected journalists smacked with clubs, beaten more, and tortured-detained by the Egyptian junta over the last several months. Children were murdered by paid thugs or hauled off by military police (or the same in different clothing), because kids marched in the streets chanting “freedom, justice, and bread.” Becoming martyrs for a revolution going in 15 different directions, headless if not shoeless, and certainly bread-less, makes martyrdom a growth industry. The four-finger clan (anti-coup, pro-Morsi, some MB) keep at it, throughout the neighborhoods of Cairo and beyond.

Twenty-two thousand Egyptian workers in one town outside of Cairo went on strike February 8, 2014, because the junta has not fulfilled its promises. The cotton thread machines stopped. The shipping dock folded. The workers went home. There will be more shutdowns (now doctors, police, and nurses are on strike). There always are when worker-bees need the basics to keep looms pumping and medical help available.

Fact four: The nearly one billion dollar per month tourism industry of camel rides around the Great Pyramid at Giza, ritzy hotel rooms, tours of the Nile on a felucca, and diving into the Red Sea is what the hospitality industry believes is hovering as an evaporating mirage. While the junta glad-hands “all is well,” empty airports and layoffs of hotel staff portend an economics never to become real again.

Millions of fish in a massive die-off in the Nile perplexes scientists. Some folks are praying the ten plagues (water to blood, frogs, gnats or lice, boils, diseased livestock, thunder and hail, flies, locusts, darkness, and death of the first born) stay away while others are praying any plague goes viral. It is barely reported that swine flu, bird flu, and air pollution are reaching scary numbers with many of the martyrs known to be first-born children.

University students are not allowed to protest subject to immediate detainment including three burka attired young women who were not even part of a demonstration. These followers of Islam were innocent and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. These young ladies are in jail.

Fact five: At every corner in dire straights Egypt, people twist and turn trying to figure how to feed themselves and get family and friends out of harm’s way. Raging against each other, against the junta, against themselves, against the revolution, and against their neighbors, is societal pro forma with a pallor of corpus depression oozing across the nation. An estimated 400,000 to 600,000 refugees mark Egypt’s latest exodus due to fear of arrest, for their support of the MB, or merely being noisy poets (without poetry, MENA would be deaf), or because doctors only make $300 a month.

“Inflated food prices are not a new phenomenon in a country that is the world’s biggest importer of wheat, where the population (over 80.7 million) has long risen more rapidly than production, and where up to half of the produce rots in the heat on the way to market. But a recent rate of inflation has significantly raised Egypt’s disastrous economic predicament.”

Fact six: Assistance to Egypt became a fixture of U.S. foreign policy after the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, and total aid to the country has topped $1 billion every year since. Before 1970, U.S. aid to Egypt rarely reached $100 million per year. Military aid, which Cairo largely spends on U.S. weapons and other war materials, has held steady at $1.3 billion for well over two decades. In fiscal 2012, only four countries received more in U.S. assistance: Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

Sales from 44 US-based producing companies accounted for over 60% of all arms sales by the top 100 producers in 2010, with Lockheed Martin topping the list at $35.7 Billion worth of arms sales in 2010; these reported numbers are over three years old.

On February 11, 2014, a shiny gauntlet thrown down belies the next nearest and dearest false flag of the American govt./corporate state/deep state. One more war machine pinging high numbers, slated to get underway, growls across a world shattering in climatic change and human apathy. The call to action centers on the Sinai and Suez Canal in Egypt.

Fact seven: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the premier advisor of foreign policy to the White House, and many contend it has been the surging, purging Lurch behind the throne, for decades. One gander at the board of directors, paid advisors, bloggers, and executive leadership, and all is verified. Snuggled into the CFR are the supreme wealthy foxes in charge of a clucking, scratching hen house, amiss in too many roosters laying lethal eggs, festering nests so thick and hefty, a skyscraper in Dubai could get lost in the layers. This is par for clubbers who dictate the globalizing shebang, referred to as American commerce abroad.

Today’s CFR dissemination (keep reading) is dated February 13, 2014, yet it is only February 11, 2014 when it is disseminated. ‘Jumping the gun,’ or arrogance, or a typo is not the issue. It maybe a sidebar yet more needs to float across the cesspool.

“This is where the United States can be most helpful but, to be successful, American policymakers will need to reassure Egyptian officers that Washington stands with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Specifically, the administration and the Congress should give the Egyptian military the tools and technology it needs to counter extremist violence: Release suspended weapons systems, especially the Apache helicopters; establish a standing group of American and Egyptian officers to coordinate assistance coherently; develop a trilateral American-Egyptian-Israeli security/intelligence/counter-terrorism mechanism that facilitates the flow of information among the security establishments of all three countries.”

The trilateral corporate agenda for Egypt

There you have it: The basis for the American corporate state to carry forward the agenda of the Yank/Israeli/Egyptian junta; justified, signed, and nearly delivered, the very next ‘false flag.’ The fact that Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Egypt are Muslim-based geo-political cultures, I leave for you to draw your own conclusions.

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Baby saved by heroic trio

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Baby saved during jammed traffic on the Dolphin Expressway

The Miami Herald reports an incident where a 5-month-old baby stopped breathing during standstill traffic, on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami, Florida.

A woman by the name of Paula Rauseo, 37, was in standstill traffic on the Dolphin Expressway, when her 5-month-old nephew stopped breathing. In a panic, Rauseo ran from her car with her nephew in hand, screaming for help.

According to the Miami Herald, Rauseo claimed she was frantic because she was “thinking she could not let anything happen to the baby while in her care.” She stated that “my sister had trusted me with him,” according to the Herald. Rauseo said that the unconscious infant was born prematurely and had respiratory issues.

Drivers stuck in 836 traffic just east of 57th Avenue came to the rescue.

A woman by the name of Lucila Godoy, 34, came to help revive the unconscious infant and was told by Rauseo that her nephew was born prematurely and had respiratory issues. Godoy began by giving the infant CPR.

Miami Herald reporter Al Diaz was on the scene, stopped behind Russo, and ran through the lanes to get more help. Diaz “found Sweetwater police officer Amauris Bastidas, who ran to the scene and took over CPR for Godoy, performing chest pumps while Rauseo breathed into the baby’s mouth.” The infant was revived at one point but then stopped breathing again.

Rauseo, Godoy, and Bastidas quickly started CPR again and got the baby breathing. More help arrived.

Shortly after additional help came, the “Miami Fire Rescue arrived moments later and rushed Sebastian to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Pediatrics unit.”

The baby was listed in stable condition Thursday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/20/3949698/drivers-on-dolphin-expressway.html

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Truth not absolute defense against defamation

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Cases where courts found defamation for truthful speech

I was reading a blog by Itai Maytal that was about a defamation claim, where a blogger was ordered to pay $60,000 in damages to a plaintiff over truthful information. From my knowledge, the First Amendment protects all speech that is based upon “truth.”

Maytal confirmed my assertion of  speech rights in the following statements:

“One of the first things I learned as a journalist, and later again as a media lawyer, was that under the First Amendment the ‘truth’ could not be subject to a viable defamation claim. True statements are simply constitutionally immune and plaintiffs cannot sidestep all of the common law and constitutional protections for true speech through creative pleadings that would merely re-label defamation as another cause of action. The Supreme Court has flatly held as much in a long line of cases going as far back as the 1980s.”

Unfortunately, this was not the case in a defamation claim in Minnesota, where the truth was not protected by the court.

According to Maytal, in the case of Moore v. Allen, “Jerry Moore sued John Hoff and six others in June 2009 for five allegedly biased and defamatory statements on Hoff’s blog ‘The Adventures of Johnny Northside.’ The blog seeks ‘to help with a process of turning a rapidly revitalizing neighborhood into something approaching Urban Utopia’ and is said to attract about 300 to 500 visitors daily.”

“Mr. Moore claimed in case filings, reported as well in various news reports, that he had lost his job at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, where he was hired to study mortgage foreclosures, a day after Mr. Hoff posted statements that claimed Moore had been involved in ‘a high-profile fraudulent mortgage.’”

The case was decided in favor the plaintiff (Moore), even though the statement in question was based on truth. According to Maytal, “The jury found that it [statement] was true but still an unlawful interference with Moore’s employment at the university. They awarded the plaintiff $35,000 for lost wages and $25,000 for emotional distress. The court subsequently rejected a motion by the defendant to set aside the jury verdict or start a new trial, noting that it found ‘direct and circumstantial evidence adduced at trial ‘supports the findings of the jury and can be reconciled.’”

In Maytal’s blog, there are several other cases that are mentioned, where the plaintiffs were awarded damages on defamation claims, due to statements of truth.

Court decisions such as Moore v. Allen put bloggers as well as journalists at risk of defamation claims that will be deemed actionable for statements based on truth. This clearly violates constitutional protections given by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has consistently upheld that otherwise protected speech does not lose its protection, even if it results in economic hardship or interferes with contractual relationships.

Court rulings put bloggers and journalists at risk for disseminating truth

All journalists should be aware of all court rulings that jeopardize or violate protected speech, particularly the in the states that these flawed decisions were made.

In a time where journalists and whistleblowers have been prosecuted and persecuted for truth telling, it is safe to say that protected speech could very well become even less protected by courts.

All journalists and bloggers must find solidarity, on the grounds of defending protected speech and the dissemination of truth to the public.

To read Maytal’s entire blog, click here

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Knockout Game is racial propaganda

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Knockout Game phenomenon is anti-black propaganda

There are some serious problems with the ‘Knockout Game’ phenomenon:

If “hate crimes” are crimes based on some form of extreme bigotry or racial hatred, how does the system prove what the intent of the attacker was, unless they do or say something specially targeting certain groups?

Nothing is indicated in this story that shows ANY proof that this attack on a Jewish man was executed as an anti-Semitic attack. Is it AUTOMATICALLY a hate crime, because the assailant was black and the victim was Jewish? How does the justice system or law enforcement determine whether the attacker hates Jews or whites, based on a random attack or a game that is done at random?

This is where the arguments of racial propaganda by the media and a push for Jim Crow-like legislation set to unjustly incarcerate blacks to fill up the private prisons gains merit.

You CAN’T take a random game and assume that the attacks are racially motivated without some sort of proof, not to mention that there is evidence to support that this ‘Knockout Game’ phenomenon is hyperbole and being promoted by right-wing media outlets. One prime example of this is when George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder Trayvon Martin; The very next morning, conservative media outlets were reporting that the Obama Administration (DOJ) was filing a civil suit against George Zimmerman which was an outright lie.

 People talk about people pulling the ‘race card’ all the time but what is the difference that and “race baiting?” This is what fraudulent stories being reported on this ‘Knockout Game’ are ultimately doing. Some of the videos have been confirmed to be 3 years old or more, along with unverified stories of victims being reported.

I was in a comment section on a political website, where some people were making the case that the story being reported was not verified by ANY major news source. Do you know what some commenters said? Some went as far as to say “Well, let’s hope it’s true because these thugs need to be taught a lesson anyway.” Really? That’s what we call “justice?” Others were saying “This is the reason why we hate n*ggers” and “I told you that n*ggers were nothing but savages.”

In reference to those who are saying “Why haven’t the so-called ‘black leaders’ come against this ‘Knockout Game?’ Just for the record, many of them have come out against this game but the media isn’t covering it. Rev. Al Sharpton spoke out two weeks ago, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, denouncing the orchestrated violence known as the ‘knockout game.’

There are many other black community leaders and organizers that are denouncing the ‘knock out game’ but they are not afforded the press coverage, unlike long-time political figures like Sharpton.

I would just like to add that Rev. Al Sharpton DOES NOT represent the entire black community nor is he the default ‘black leader’ for the entire community, although he has great access to the mainstream media and publicity, along with his gig on MSNBC, which gives him one of the biggest media platforms in broadcast media.

Although the knockout game may be a reality, there is no proof that this game is racially motivated, on a meteoric rise, nor has there been any verified proof that every person who is assaulted is a victim of the knockout game. Random attacks on people have occurred for years and there have always been ‘random assaults’ which are still against the law. We must be very careful that we don’t, as a society, make justifications for hate crimes, due to stereotypes, that will give credence to more “Zimmerman style” killings.

 We need to have a serious public debate on what a hate crime is or isn’t, and it has to be equal across the board. No vague interpretations, arbitrary judgments or judicial discretion in light of who does and doesn’t get charged for these types of crimes; the statute must be clear, specific, and constitutionally supported.

The reality is that there have been reports of people being “knocked out” at random for years, but there is no proof that this is a racial attack phenomenon or that it is going on all over the country, all of a sudden.

 We must be very careful about what we see on television and we must ALWAYS raise questions as to the credibility and the agenda of the sources we get our information from.

This is how media to turns us all into sheep and affirms the bigotry and prejudices in society, while continuing to play the ‘divide and conquer’ game with the masses. And almost always win.

To read the referenced article, go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2512958/Man-charged-hate-crime-Knockout-Game-attack-Jewish-man.html

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Glenn Greenwald: Can he save journalism?

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Glenn Greenwald to bring investigative journalism to the forefront

Glenn Greenwald is on fire.

He now has the resources to bring social justice and investigative journalism to the frontline. Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar has submitted $250 million to journalist Glenn Greenwald, for the prospect of a news organization to help defend press freedoms. Omidyar stated in his blogpost, “I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest.” With the help of video documentarian Laura Poitras, and National Security expert and author Jeremy Scahill, the venture will strive for social justice, with tyranny in its sights. Glenn Greenwald now owns the means of production.

Here is Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, interviewing Glenn Greenwald on his new venture:

Glenn Greenwald fighting for press freedom on more than one front

Because of an apparent government witch-hunt, Greenwald’s partner David Miranda is challenging the legality, of his 9-hour detention and property confiscation by UK authorities in August. Miranda was allegedly held under the UK’s anti-terrorism laws. The UK authorities said in court that they “strongly assess that Miranda is carrying items which will assist in Greenwald releasing more of the NSA and GCHQ material we judge to be in Greenwald’s possession,” in a document, described as a National Security Justification prepared for police.

What evidence UK authorities have to support this claim has yet to be seen.

Glenn Greenwald and company will speak truth to power

Regardless of how Glenn Greenwald’s new venture turns out, it is certain that Greenwald will not sell out to corporate or government pressures, and this will be an authentic, and excellent display of what the Fourth Estate is supposed to represent, which is the public interest. True editorial and journalistic freedom; something we don’t see or hear in the mainstream press in the U.S., since 90% of media is corporate owned. The truth will be told, to all who are willing to listen.

We must all support the venture of Glenn Greenwald, because supporting Mr. Greenwald is supporting freedom of the press, a free society, and the opportunity to reign in the corpora-fascism that is not only threatening the Civil Liberties in the U.S., but human rights all over the world.

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Nobel Peace Prize: “Smidgen of credit” for Obama?

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The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize and the argument in favor of Obama

According to David Corn of Mother Jones, President Obama may have deserved “a smidgen of credit” for the Nobel Peace Prize that was handed out nearly two weeks ago.

For 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which was created to enforce the UN Chemical Weapons Convention that bans such arms. They are responsible for the cataloging and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

This enforcement by OPCW occurred due to several factors:

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered a deal between Syria and the U.S., which involved the Syrian government admitting it possessed chemical weapons, and allowing the UN inspectors to catalog the weapons and have them destroyed. This move prevented the U.S. from having a legitimate excuse for military action in Syria, while Putin also asked the U.S. to provide proof that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.

My take on Obama’s influence on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize

David Corn may feel that President Obama deserves some credit for the winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, due to his push for military action in Syria, but I think that the real credit belongs to Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president opened the dialogue to a peaceful resolution that the U.S. government was reluctant to consider, as some critics claimed that the deal was making the U.S. appear ‘weak’.

Military action has not shown to be an effective tool for peace, as the U.S. is conducting or supporting military activities in almost half the nations of the globe.

With all the arbitrary drone strikes and other military activities all over the world, it remains to be seen if President Obama will win another Nobel Peace Prize or make a real initiative for peace that will give him due credit, in assisting in the creation of any of the next 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners.

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Manning won’t get pardon from Obama

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Unlikely that Obama will pardon Private Manning

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013.

Now, Pvt. Manning and his attorney David Coombs are moving for a pardon from President Obama.

Manning was convicted of 19 of 21 charges, 6 of which were charges under the Espionage Act.

On September 4th, Manning formally appealed to President Obama for a pardon.

As much as I would love for Manning to be pardoned for his revelations of government iniquities, it is hard to hypothesize that President Obama will be so merciful, as to pardon Chelsea Manning on ethical grounds.

First of all, this is the same administration that is still adamant about the apprehension of WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange. No real proof has ever been established, at least not publicly, that Assange is guilty of any crimes, in regard to the diplomatic cables sent to WikiLeaks by Manning. No proof has been presented that substantiates the claims, by some members of Congress, that Assange should be charged under the Espionage Act, and labeled a “terrorist.

Secondly, President Obama is the same president who requested that a Yemeni journalist, by the name of Abdullelah Haider Shaye, stay incarcerated in Yemen, for exposing a U.S. missile attack on a Yemeni village that killed 41 people, of that total were 14 women and 21 children. It’s hard to believe the president would give Manning a pardon, when his administration has been vindictive in their prosecution of whistleblowers. The Obama Administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. It is safe to way that the Obama Administration has waged a war on whistleblowers.

Third case in point is John Kiriakou, who was a former CIA agent who blew the whistle on the government’s use of torture during the Bush Administration, in which he is serving a 30-month sentence for doing so. Kiriakou was indicted and convicted under the Obama Administration. It would seem that if there was any leniency for whistleblowers, this would have been a good time to offer it, since the disclosure was made in December of 2007, a little over a year before the Bush Administration ended, and Obama’s administration began.

Last, but far from least, is the relentless attempts to apprehend NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden exposed the NSA for illegal spying programs, such as PRISM, and the collection of telephone metadata in the U.S. and Europe. Daniel Ellsberg, the journalist who leaked the Pentagon Papers, says that Snowden’s NSA leak was “one of the greatest national security leaks in recent American history.“  When Snowden revealed he was an NSA whistleblower, The Department of Justice (DOJ) targeted his email service provider, which ultimately shut down due to government intimidation, and the unwillingness to compromise privacy encryption, and the reputation of the business. Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, stated recently that the U.S. is desperate to get Snowden and that he still lives in danger.

When you take all of these factors into account, it is very hard to see President Obama ever giving pardon to Pvt. Manning, even with overwhelming public pressure, such as petitions, public opinion, demonstrations, and protests.

Although I believe that Pvt. Manning’s request for pardon has great ethical and moral grounds, and that his request is concurred by the masses who believe that Manning is a hero. I am one of those people. But with that being said, it’s hard to see that such an authoritarian and vindictive administration, would hold a president that would grant a pardon, when this administration has been more aggressive in prosecuting leaks than any previous administration in U.S. history. Almost everyone who leaks is labeled a “spy” and a “terrorist,” and charged with acts of espionage, with little to no evidence that the leaker is working in the interests of another country or nation.

The message is clear with the Obama administration: If you leak information and expose the government in its criminality, you will pay dearly for challenging the authority of criminals.

Apparently, it is more criminal to expose government criminality than to the government criminality itself.

Manning may have a better chance at pardon with the next administration.

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