Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks By Patrick Martin

9 March 2019 — WSWS

A federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning to prison Friday morning for an indefinite period of time, after the former Army private, jailed for seven years for providing information to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused on principle to answer any questions before a secret grand jury investigating the media organization and its founder Julian Assange.

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US government threatens to jail whistleblower Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks By Mike Head

8 March 2019 — WSWS

In a heroic and principled stand in defence of fundamental democratic rights, former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning yesterday refused to answer questions before a grand jury in Virginia. Manning stood firm and refused to incriminate WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange—or any other media organisation and individual—over her courageous 2010 disclosure of hundreds of thousands of documents that exposed US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

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Canada gives go-ahead for Huawei executive’s extradition to US By Nick Beams

2 March 2019 — WSWS

Canadian authorities have given the go ahead for the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to face charges brought by US authorities that the Chinese firm breached unilateral American-imposed sanctions against Iran and that it stole trade secrets from the telecom firm T-Mobile.

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Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

13 February 2019 — True Publica
Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

By Mark Curtis: The UK government-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly a “counter disinformation” programme to challenge Russian information operations. However, it has been revealed that the Integrity Initiative twitter handle and some individuals associated with this programme have also been tweeting messages attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. [i]  This takes on special meaning in light of the numerous UK military and intelligence personnel associated with the programme, documented in an important briefing by academics in Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media. [ii]

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UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

13 February 2019 — True Publica

UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch & others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government.

In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the European Convention on Human Rights. The landmark judgment in September marked the Court’s first ruling on UK mass surveillance programmes revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Britain’s secret propaganda “Integrity Initiative” targets Russia By Thomas Scripps

4 February 2019 — WSWS

In a desperate attempt to cover its tracks, the propaganda network linked to Britain’s security services, the Integrity Initiative (II), has wiped its website and locked its Twitter account “pending an investigation into the theft of data.”

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Integrity Initiative: Big Brother’s Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists? By Patrick Armstrong

23 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Integrity Initiative: Big Brother's Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists?

I’m not sure what to make of Integrity Initiative (what a great gaslighting name: integrity? Hah hah: no, just furtive paid propaganda and opinion steering). But I watch the unfolding revelations with fascination. Certainly, the whole thing is bigger than it seemed at first and all the documents being revealed appear to be true.

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Coincidence? – Chief Nurse Of British Army Was First To Arrive At Novichoked Skripal Scene

20 January 2019 — Moon of Alabama

On March 4 2018 the British/Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found incapacitated on a bench in Salisbury. The British government asserts that they were affected by a chemical poison of the so called Novichok group. The case led to a diplomatic conflict as Britain accused Russia of an attempt to kill the Skripals. No evidence was provided by the British government to support those accusations. The Skripals have since been vanished.

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