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Military Justice

A Quick Primer on Military Justice and The Manning Verdict

After hearing evidence in a contested bench trial, Army Colonel Denise Lind, a military trial judge, found Pfc. Bradley Manning guilty of most of the charges and specifications today in a military court room at Fort Meade, Maryland, in connection with his release of documents to Wikileaks.  Manning faces a maximum possible sentence of over 128 years for those charges alone.

The Court acquitted Manning of aiding the enemy, a crime under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Aiding the enemy carries a punishment of up to life without parole.

Surveillance

EPIC Files Petition in SCOTUS Regarding FISC Section 215 Order

The Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC"), an advocacy and litigation group, today petitioned for a writ of mandamus or prohibition, or a writ of certiorari, in the Supreme Court.  The filing's subject is an April order, issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") pursuant to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and leaked to media, seemingly, by Edward Snowden.

Secrecy & Leaks

Venezuela Has Offered Asylum to Edward Snowden

That's the sum and substance of this Reuters piece (run here in the New York Times).  It begins as follows:

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Friday in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. spy programs.

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