US SPY OUTRAGE – Thursday August 1 2013

– Julian Assange has defended wikileak’s ability to protect its sources after US soldier Bradley Manning’s conviction for espionage.
Assange said yesterday’s verdicts against Manning, who leaked an estimated 250,000 diplomatic cables and 500,000 classified military documents to WikiLeaks, was “national security extremism”.
A military judge acquitted Manning of “aiding the enemy” but convicted him of espionage, theft and fraud.
The 25-year-old faces up to 136 years in prison.
Assange, 42, said the former US intelligence analyst was “the most important journalistic source the world has ever seen” whose disclosures had exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform.
Speaking from inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, he said the espionage conviction was the first in the US of a whistleblower.
“It is a dangerous precedent. It is a short-sighted judgement that cannot be tolerated and it must be reversed,” he said.
Assange said Manning could appeal, ultimately to the US Supreme Court.
WikiLeaks wouldn’t rest until the “hero” was free.
“There was only ever one just outcome from this trial and that was an acquittal.”
Assange said it was still safe to blow the whistle to WikiLeaks. Manning was undone by a US informer who sold him out to the FBI.
“Our processes have been successful,” he said. “No evidence has been adduced from inside WikiLeaks, or from its personnel or its operations, against Bradley Manning.”
He said there was a “conspicuous absence” of evidence a single person had been harmed by the leaks.
And the US had never claimed Manning worked for a foreign power, despite charging him with espionage – Herald Sun

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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