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Army Private Bradley Manning, 25, was acquitted of the most serious charge against him—aiding the enemy. It wasn’t an all around good day for the man behind the leak of over 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, though. He was found guilty of most of the 20 other counts against him, primarily having to do with espionage and stealing.
Manning’s case has been emblematic of the government’s struggle to crack down on intelligence leaks (hey, Edward Snowden) and efforts to set a precedent for leakers, whistleblowers, and the journalists who like to talk to them. Manning says he leaked the info to start debate on what he deemed to be the U.S.’s misguided war policies, but had no intent in helping the U.S.’s enemies; he’s been called a traitor and a whistleblower. While he avoided a life sentence by getting off on the most severe charge, he could actually spend his life in prison depending on how the rest of the sentences are issued.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be charged next week with conspiracy and murder over the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister in Pakistan and any modern Islamic state, was assassinated in a violent attack in 2007 that shocked the world and has been shrouded in mystery. Musharraf has been accused of not providing Bhutto with enough security and allegedly threatening her. Musharraf later exiled himself but recently came back to Pakistan, hoping for a political comeback. It’s not working out too well.
Musharraf was once the most powerful man in Pakistan but since his return he has been facing one legal problem after another. Charging him—a former military ruler—would be unprecedented in a country that’s mostly been ruled by its military. He says he’s innocent. To be continued.
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A lot can happen in nine months. In that time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to have reached a comprehensive peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. The goal, according to the U.S., is to have two states living peacefully and securely, side by side. It’s a long, long time coming. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators seriously talked to each other for the first time in years this week, with Kerry acting as the third wheel, and things went OK. The next meeting will take place within two weeks and will take on the hard stuff. With things like defining borders, the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the status of Jerusalem, and how to deal with Palestinian refugees, someone better call in a big order of bagels and falafel—it’s going to be a long night.
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