While Ex-US president Jimmy Carter is reportedly defending whistleblower Ed Snowden, (right) a military judge is pondering the fate of a young man who used to be the posterchild for whistleblowers — Bradley Manning.
“Prosecutors argue US private Bradley Manning is a, “glory-seeking traitor,” says the Associated Press.
But his lawyers say Manning is a “naive whistleblower who was horrified by wartime atrocities but didn’t know that the material he leaked would end up in the hands of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden,” says the story going on,
“A military judge, not a jury, is hearing the case at Manning’s request.”
Meanwhile, “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” the German magazine Der Spiegel quotes former US president Carter as saying.
“Google translates Der Spiegel articles into passable English.
“Last week, Der Spiegel reported in an online article—in its German edition, not its English version—Jimmy Carter’s statements in Atlanta on the NSA “Spähskandal” concerning Edward Snowden.
“The former President described Snowden’s revelations as ‘useful,’ U.S. policy on surveillance of American citizens as having ‘gone too far,’ and the penchant for official secrecy “excessive.’
“There was some question on the validity of the source, however, as no American media outlets reported on the event and it was not clear where Die Spiegel got its source from.”
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