Back in May 2010, Adrian Lamo, a Bay Area informant for military intelligence and hacker by trade, somehow gained the confidence of 22-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning, then a computer analyst in eastern Baghdad. Their lengthy correspondence have the feel, on the one hand, of an interrogation of an innocent young man and, on the other, provide an insight into what may have compelled Bradley Manning to share with the world the secrets he was learning from US military files. The excerpts below are from web chat transcripts beginning May 21, 2010.
A Navy doctor, Captain William Hocter, who examined Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for months during his solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia, requested the “senseless” conditions of his isolation be lifted, but was refused by Marine prison authorities in 2010. Prior to being sent to Quantico, Manning was held at Army Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
Meeting in Washington last month, the Organization of American States (OAS) backed Ecuador in its struggle to provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against the demands of the British government. The American and Canadian governments abstained on the unanimous resolution, which called for solidarity and support for the Quito government.
The British made a "huge mistake" in threatening yesterday to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador's London consulate after the Latin American country granted political asylum to the WikiLeaks founder, according to an international human rights lawyer. "They over-stepped, looked like bullies, and made it into a big-power versus small-power conflict,” said New York-based Michael Ratner in an interview with The Nation. Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, is a consultant to Assange's legal team and recently spent a week in Ecuador for discussions of the case.
Implicating herself on Pentagon’s side in a historic First Amendment controversy, Sen. Diane Feinstein is calling for the extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who is presently inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Feinstein, head of the joint intelligence committee, told a Syndey, Australia, paper in a written statement that Assange “has caused serious harm to US security and should be prosecuted accordingly.”
The leading Mexican paper La Jornada is strongly supporting asylum for Julian Assange in Ecuador, in a sign of Latin American sentiment against his extradition to Sweden or the United States. The conflict is portrayed as one between the Old World and new democratic norms embraced by much of the world.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and is seeking political asylum.
In what might escalate into a major setback for the US government, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and is seeking political asylum in that Latin American country. Relations between the US and most Latin American countries – and many others around the world – are sure to be aggravated if the White House reacts negatively or tries to block an Ecuadoran asylum decision. It seems inconceivable that Ecuador will simply turn Assange over to the US or UK authorities, setting the stage for a showdown with global repercussions.
Britain’s Supreme Court will soon decide whether the latest appeal by the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has merit. If so, more legal wrangling lies ahead. If not, Assange has one last appeal to the European Court on Human Rights. Failing there, he will be extradited to Sweden. Or he could be snatched at any minute for extradition to the United States.