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plus moscow to leaven the aiding the enemy styx is a military judge sift through whistle blow bradley manning's charges which could potentially could the private life behind bars with no parole reporter was there shortly also the come to crowds filled streets in central moscow this evening in protest against the five year jail sentence for a russian anti corruption blogger alexina valmy he's been found guilty of embezzlement and we'll update you on but to. also ahead nothing on the table for syria america's top general reveals that he's presented options for a military intervention to the white house and the president is considering whether to use the. lose money to be made by getting britain out of the e.u. we've got a report coming up on how one think tank plans a road map reward ahead of
a proposed referendum. rather good evening for just joining us is kevin owen here live with. the saving of moscow and i'll top story military judges refused to drop the most serious charge facing whistleblower bradley manning that of aiding the enemy found guilty the former private accused of leaking classified information to wiki leaks could face life in jail without parole let's cross to well he was at today's hearing how their lives you can hear it's a big blow here isn't it for a defense team. that is right today the judge did not dismiss that charge the charge of aiding the enemy it is the most serious charge in the private first class face says so that means he still faces the possibility. of life without parole now the court took
a look at the testimony and evidence we've heard so far throughout this case and found that there is enough evidence to move forward with this charge this charge of aiding the enemy the judge also denied the defense's motions to dismiss the computer fraud charge so as of now that still stands now prosecution has cited manning's job as an intelligence analyst they say that as an intelligence analysts he should have known he should have had the knowledge that by leaking these documents to the secrecy website wiki leaks that al qaeda osama bin laden and al qaeda affiliates were going to see this information and now the defense has insisted and has maintained that bradley manning and no way intended to be enemy they say that he is a whistleblower and that he leaked these documents in an effort to expose wrongdoing and to yeah and to basically to spark
a public debate what is going on in the wars abroad diplomatically really what the truth is now are right now we are hearing that be rebuttal cases from both the prosecution and the defense so the trial is wrapping up just a matter of time now before we will hear closing arguments and ultimately it will be one person the judge in this case that will deliver the verdict. to. wrote the book private bradley manning wiki leaks the biggest exposure official secrets in american history are that you live on our two international if found guilty manning faces life in prison plus one hundred fifty four year sentence really in proportion to what he's done. no. you don't let me wander longer every year but it's still going to run a man or anybody you live down long as charged that way of course i think probably to make a point. the government may be trying to make
a point that whistleblowing is a serious crime or that leaking documents is a serious crime and scare potential leaders slash whistleblowers into remaining silent he's facing of course as you mention the most serious charge of aiding the enemy which is the military justice is version of treason and that in particular represents a really gross overreaction kind of a dangerously absurd charge to the local management so this is a warning that to other whistleblowers not to do it kerry i thought i wonder if it almost how the opposite affect the people that in a conviction the think they're going to do this that i'm going to stop them well that seems i mean he was already in charge of aiding the enemy when it word snowden perpetrated his leaks so the the temperatures are chill be sure whistleblowers hasn't been successful yet if that's in fact the government's trying to do and yeah it does seem doesn't it that
a person is going to take this kind of chance. to blow the whistle and sort of take a moral stand that. life in prison you know might be present versus thirty years in prison versus twenty five years in prison i mean and some point it's just the rest of your life and you know at some point it's just a harsh punishment in your other to take a stand you're not a course the flip side to this is if you're in the military you sign up to need to keep secrets and they the country state needs some secrets kept secret that is a strong argument a lot of people hold that argument what do you think about that. that's right exactly so i agree with that argument the fact of the matter is that right now when you someone i probably mounting fittin then well bradley manning is charged with a number of different things he's charged with actually perpetrate these leaks which he has admitted to these are perfectly guilty to which you made him in prison for well over a decade he's also charged of course with the number of violations of the espionage
act and eighteen yet in the charges have to do with motive and have to do with the damage allegedly done by the leaks and that's where in my view these charges go way overboard because what he alternately is guilty of doing is providing information to a journalist and to group of journalists to charge somebody with what is tantamount to treason for speaking to a journalist contravenes centuries president of the united states for how we we balance the first amendment to the freedom of speech and the responsibility of of the press to be a check on the government with the need for state secrecy those charges in particular are above and beyond the charges of him actually perpetrating millions and violating his security clearance of which she has admitted to being guilty manning and no edward snowden stay or moscow at the moment waiting to find out what
his fate is we're going to see more of this more of these toobin lekas if you like . well i think probably will the fact the matter is we move in a new era for revenue you know for galesburg believe he had to walk out of the rand corporation with possible documents all in a hotel room seventy two hours and. hours of documents on a photocopy or bradley manning had to burn only enough blood and the computer snowden you know presumably did something similar it's just life easier to leak documents and we live in an era of a president and secrecy and a president openness these two forces are bound to collide yet all we going to see an even more relentless pursuit of whistleblowers then by the government in the future. well it's hard to really a vision the government being more relentless and they are right now in pursuit was a lower one and will certainly soon and i will continue. to have
a tick strikes are on bradley manning thank you for your thoughts pleasure to have you on the program. now on to another well watched court cases tom in russia big story today anti corruption blogger alexina valleys but how did five years in jail for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state enterprise he was immediately arrested after the verdict and lead then from the dock in handcuffs not a moment when he will have more details about the case but first he could push could offer reports on the reaction immediately after the fall in moscow. scores of people are still here in the city center right next to the state duma right next to the kremlin around the intersection of the two main streets of the city to the sky and they're still chanting and clapping and demanding the release of opposition blogger i like seeing the violin now the reason why all of them are standing in these groups around the intersection is that the rally was not authorized by the authorities and earlier in an attempt to prevent it from taking place the blocks the money isn't a square that's where over ten thousand off on the money supporters in various
social networks said would gather in the evening but as a result the soul ended up in them being basically on the sidewalks here in this district now the numbers on the amount of for how many people are here are different police say it's three thousand people opposition says it's up to seven thousand people but we know that around fifty people or sixty people have been arrested but judging by the general numbers off those who took to the streets here today this is not such a big amount knowing that the cell rally was not authorized now for more about what's happening inside that crowd here's a report by my colleague money if you know. why he had that he needs to speak he said if you. think about it. there. was. if. this
was just i think you have to think that if i didn't believe it was if you didn't think it would happen i think that it was done i think it. was in place of office because i don't believe anything was thank god thank god thank. god they were here thanks for having yank. he was here every bruford to go through work i came out here today with the last of my strength because i was propelled by my consciousness i'm outraged and flabbergasted by the foolishness of the authorities who sold out the ethics and principles. and i i believe this is a criminal regime which is jailed the only real competitor in opponent of not to me that i consider this putin's personal budgets which.
was. you know you know. and that is to be very. in the. sense of yeah that's not going to kill off much and i just know really. here off the court is with us here has been taking place today i really have been following developments outside the courthouse but more about this case and what the bloggers reaction was to it there was a lot of reaction immediately it was an. absolutely well alex enough for the officer of course his former boss had been found guilty of an bezel meant the court ruled that now via me at the time was working with. as he said i forgot four years in prison that combined what if it's enough to set up an intermediary firm and then has convinced the head of the state oh and i could have listed for a company to sign contracts with that firm on unfavorable terms which resulted in
damages of about sixteen million rubles that's roughly half a million dollars now. the judge has said that the verdict and the entire trial was not politically motivated it took him more than three hours to read the. just long immediately after that nevada me and that set up for handcuffed and taken to preliminary confinement of course the supporters that were here outside the courthouse have gathered by the gates and they have actually walked behind the car that was taken to a preliminary detention they were shouting slogans in support of the violence as they were walking some of them have even been detained but then just hours afterwards news broke that the prosecutor's office for the care of region has actually appealed to court asking that they release now finally on condition that he does not leave the country until his verdict comes into force and that hasn't happened yet that could put it out of moscow a goal that you've painted
a picture for us what's happening behind you and elsewhere in the city but does the valley joe enjoy the same support for the rest russia as well. well i'm just let me tell you a bit about why he himself he is one of the most well known and controversial political figures in russia had the moment he began gaining his supporters even before the mass protests two years ago following the parliamentary elections through his online anti corruption project the other controversial aspects about him is he's open sympathy to the nationalists and he's a very popular and well to the online internet community but if you look at russia altogether on the roughly one hundred forty million people scale then his popularity is much much lower compared to the. online
followers a sense of wanting to up poll conducted by about a center recently only around ten percent of their responded even full to the criminal case around him so in that sense it's a very small percentage of followers from the whole population but still cruelly early he does have lots of supporters in my. so important to add here that even though this rally was not authorized and there is so much of various types of police the interior troops riot police ordinary officers so far what have they been focused on is preventing people from blocking traffic and getting on the streets while allowing them to take part in this rally. wilson phillips to from social research of moxley botha from moscow state university who says the foreign press rarely mentions mr novell these hardline nationalist past i think that russia are actually paying attention to some of the particulars of the case and they are familiar with and of all me is a political figure in quite
a different way than he has conceived of in the west and the west of all the is is presented as a poster boy for a liberal opposition and he's a commonly referred to as the most popular leader of the liberal opposition and a potential threat to president putin the facts on the ground really don't lay this out russians really aren't that interested in in the the brand of politics that he's selling them and that's because what is often on presented in the west is vali holds what could be considered in the west as quite extreme ethnic nationalist racist zina phobic views of what is could be considered an extreme right including gun rights advocacy and the like well reaction to the sentences being global instantaneous the e.u. seems to think the prosecution did a poor job with a block spokesman questioning the validity of the evidence against me the u.s. ambassador to russia went further saying he sees politics driving the conviction russia mccauley told us that the valley case proves that cold war era attitude to
the west still alive. if something like this comes up it's very easy then to take a stick to the russian state and russian government to say that they're behaving like the communists they haven't really improved they haven't really moved to democracy the rule of law liberal market economy and so on so therefore there's a there there is a prejudice there is a lovely lovely in the west which and the russian the only way that russia can overcome this is presumably by showing that the law is not a play that the contract is really a contract law and that if you push this in the desert that democracy is in fact practiced and so this is a long a long hard road. where it's a really quick break next up to stay with us much more news ahead right afterwards .
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clearance technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia. the future covered. ministrations deciding whether to use force in syria that was revealed during the senate testimony of america's top military man who told the senators that he's presented the president with options for military intervention on his gun if you can has more from washington. this thursday members of the senate armed services committee were very eager to hear about what options the u.s. has in order to remove bashar assad from power and u.s. army general martin dempsey the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said he provided president obama with the options for the use of force in syria he said the u.s. is considering would keep termed as kinetic strikes in syria but he did not go into further details we see that the war talk is escalating and not just on this side of
the atlantic british generals basically echo what the u.s. says but even stronger terms we heard from the outgoing head of the british army that invading syria is the only way to topple assad we see that generals are doing what they do best they're planning war now it's up to the politicians to decide which way to go and the politicians here seem to think that once you get rid of assad everything in syria will be just great perhaps not taking into account the complexity of social fabric there just like they didn't take it into account in iraq when the u.s. removed saddam from power is in fact so complicated that the u.s. and the allies may think that they're helping one group of people in syria but they end up helping others we spoke with a member of the free syrian army who says all those weapons that are being smuggled into syria go past them they're not getting to them so who's getting them take a listen is limits terrorists who want to have the supported by some regional states and major nations in the world and we're asking one military and financial
support is reaching those extremists and the free syrian army doesn't get the arms in the meantime al qaeda linked groups or feeling more and more comfortable in syria so comfortable that according to a source in the free syrian army they're soon going to announce an islamic state in syria and they're waiting for the end of ramadan to do that that's around august the ninth we're talking about the northern part of the country that's under the rebels control of the part that borders turkey they apparently want to gain full control over the weapons coming from turkey and the money coming from. oil smuggling it makes some other rebels nervous of course many rebels coordinate their efforts with the all new store front but those who refused to do that risked their lives recently the almost killed several members of the free syrian army including one member of the western backed supreme military council the territory is controlled by the rebels now have all the signs of becoming this all kind of country and in this new all quite a country you have things like checkpoints where the militants check whether people
are fasting or not locals from near or the first journalists in award winning blogger neil clark told me he believes the syrian opposition would use the al qaeda threat now to desperately try to secure western intervention it's interesting isn't it when president assad was warning about al-qaeda in syria from twenty eleven or was he was dismissed by the rescue scaremongering etc he was saying that al qaeda was coming to her in syria and now we're hearing this from the f.s.a. so it's interesting isn't it that those of those who didn't want this would have were dismissed as the apologist for a sad ologist of the syrian government now the west has got to wake up to what's really going on and i think having said that it's very important to understand the f.s.a. strategy of people free syrian army is very keen to get western intervention right now change their strategy look al qaeda going. unless you do need and help out the f.s.a. if lost or you know i think now they're lost and say look you've got to help us out and to try to put the trends of the good guys the moderate rebels were not already
committed some terrible crimes terrible terrorist atrocities so it's i think it's a kind of faux division to say that there are bad rebels and good rebels the fact is elections are due in syria next year twenty fourteen there's no easy for anybody to be using violence now to achieve political change in syria democratic elections are available to people so i think the f.s.a. this is a sort of desperate last chance really a large cash prize as a way to anyone who can come up with a winning blueprint for britain's exit from the european union the u.k. think tank behind the offer plans on pitching at then to the government should britain hold a referendum part of the story. picture of the scene is the year twenty seventeen and britons have just voted in favor of exiting the beleaguered european union so the government now needs to implement a road map for how to leave that's what the u.k.'s institute for economic affairs think tank is also economists who imagine in order to come up with the best blueprint for britain's potential exit from the european union it's
a competition and the winner who comes up with the best proposal will be awarded one hundred thousand year as well to talk about the challenge i'm joined by dr richard wellings from the institute for economic affairs dr weddings why launch the competition now it's four years until the referendum and even so britain's might vote to stay in the european union at that point that's true but i mean it is such an important issue that is important that economists start thinking about the consequences of britain potentially leaving the given that there is such a large amount of your skepticism of most british public it is quite plausible that in a few years time britain will be leaving so i mean is absolutely essential that we have some idea of where britain is going to go with the winning strategy be put forward to the government to use in case of a euro exit yes i mean where we're going to publish the winning strategy along with some of the other better entries as well said to be plenty of ideas there for the government's cuts and hopefully come out with a very very sound plan now the prize is aimed at looking at the least disruptive
way to leave the euro but there are those that say that leaving the euro zone will be detrimental to the case economy no matter how you do it obviously i mean there were major upside potentially because the u.k. can then get rid of all this very burdensome e.u. regulation on jobs and climate change and so on all the red tape is suffocating business but obviously the key to this is whether we retain very strong free trade links with the rest of europe that's absolutely essential they have great free trade links with europe and the rest of the world will be the key to success in the future dr welling's thang. you very much for telling us about the competition now the prize is going to be judged by a panel that includes former chancellor nigel lawson who recently claimed that the british economy would be better off if britain were outside the european union. r.t. london authorities in northern ireland are set to rule on whether loyalists could march through the nationalist area of belfast where riots first broke out six
nights ago the major political players there were no week to try to thrash out the recurring violence can be stirred to the future furthest the details. well the full no u.s. government peace envoy to northern ireland richard haas bank installment yesterday party move in ireland tools now first minister peter robinson has said that all party group has been set up with the purpose of seeking an alternative to the parades commission the other groups rule say going to be looking to bring food a set of recommendations by the end of the year on parades and protests flags and symbols a hugely important issue to northern ireland blackpool within will be seen by many as the only result parts of the peace process now all too often we see days cultural elements really a motivator for the sectarian flare up over the sort that we've seen following on
from last friday's july twelfth parade now after that we saw the parade commission's controversial ruling in force by police that then led to very serious rioting by the loyalist marches in moved belfast and there's been really a period of sustained writing i know the owner had yesterday applied to the parades commission to have another parade on saturday this coming saturday very near to that contested area now that's been seen by many to be quite a provocative me move some people speaking out saying to the orange order hasn't learned any lessons from the violence we see of recent days already moving seventy police officers injured more than sixty people arrested more than one hundred bombs thrown and everyone paying that which it has been here that these party talks now getting underway can bring an end to the violence. coming up imagine being paid by
the bank every time you take out a loan sounds ludicrous really not so fond of that was the max cuz it is weight in the way of the break. you want is something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original branded creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from
the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat made in mexico to blow your neighbor's it off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion.
welcome to the kaiser report imax kaiser is big coming quite apparent that quantitative easing is the. monetary policy central banks had no problem checking in but there's no way to check out now to explain all this let's turn to herbert yes max keiser well you know that the u.s. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke when he basically alleged that he might taper one day well the bond pocalypse set upon us and now he's claiming to un taper well i'm not actually going to taper but the question is quantitative easing can it be unwound so to economists look at what's happening in the u.k. and what they found is that central banks and governments have so far profited from q.e. as the central bank purchases interest bearing assets for money as q.e. unwinds those interest bearing assets will obviously be sold.