Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

FL: Miami gang abducts Bitcoin traders

February 10, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Two South Florida men were arrested last week on what a local prosecutor said may be the first state law charges over the use of Bitcoin virtual currency as part of an alleged money laundering scheme. Pascal Reid, 29, and Michel Abner Espinoza, 30, face two counts of money laundering and one count of engaging in an unlicensed money servicing business, according to court filings in Miami state court. Both men were arrested Feb. 6 and are being held in Miami-Dade County jails." [editor's note: The gang's shot caller is identified as "Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle;" the article references New York's Preet Bharara crime syndicate, but the relationship between the two mob operations is unclear - TLK] (02/10/14)

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Free Barrett Brown

February 5, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"As long as Barrett Brown is in jail, claims that the United States is a 'free country' -- indeed, the 'beacon of freedom' in the world -- are just so much horseshit." (02/05/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/02/04/free-barrett-brown/  

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Egypt: Junta plans show trial for 20 Al-Jazeera journalists

January 30, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's crackdown on press freedoms gathered pace today as the military-led government said it would put 20 journalists from the al-Jazeera television network on trial, including two Britons. The announcement was made by Egyptian prosecutors, who said that the Britons four -- along with an Australian and a Dutch national -- stood accused of 'airing false news.' The charges are thought to be linked to complaints that al- Jazeera has broadcast interviews with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose government was toppled in last June’s military coup." (01/29/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25943716  

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Bitcoin exec arrested

January 29, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Michael Nolan  

"Charlie Shrem, who ran bitcoin (BTC) exchange BitInstant, has been arrested. It looks like he’s one of the bonus busts from the feds’ shutdown of the Silk Road website. He’s charged, in effect, with not spying enthusiastically enough for the government. Formally, of course, he’s charged under money-laundering laws -- which is a nice way to imply he was doing something nasty. Then again, BTC offers competition with the State’s currency, and if there’s one thing the State can’t abide, it’s competition." (01/28/14)

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NY: “DoJ” gang abducts BitInstant CEO

January 27, 2014
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Time    

"Charles Shrem, who ran a New York-based Bitcoin exchange, was arrested Monday and charged with engaging in a money laundering scheme with a user of Silk Road, the notorious deep web black market. In the federal criminal complaint, the Southern District of New York charges Shrem, the 24-year-old CEO of BitInstant, with three counts, including one count operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count willful failure to file suspicious activity report." [editor's note: Shrem appears to have been targeted by Preet Bharara, the gangland kingpin ("US Attorney") who similarly abducted Ross Ulbricht. Bharara should be assumed armed, dangerous (or accompanied by accomplices who are) and inherently a threat to the life, liberty and property of anyone he approaches - TLK] (01/27/14)

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Saudi Arabia: Activist sentenced to 300 lashes, four years in prison

December 16, 2013
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MSNBC    

"A political and human rights activist in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 300 lashes and four years in prison for defying the king and calling for democracy, a rights group said Sunday. Omar al-Saeed, a member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was sentenced in the city of Buraidah on Dec. 12 and is the fourth of his group to be imprisoned this year." (12/15/13)

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NH: Activist abducted, charges unknown

December 16, 2013
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Independent Register    

"Anarchist activist and libertarian femme fatale Amanda Billyrock will be sitting in a cage this weekend. According to Ademo Freeman of Cop Block, Billyrock was soicalizing with him and others when she was arrested. He says the only video of the arrest was taken with her phone. A call to the Belknap County 'Department of Corrections' wasn't very enlightening. The individual I spoke to said that he 'couldn't' tell me what the charges were against her, but did say that there was no bail. He added that 'she probably refused bail.' 'I believe she was arrested for not answering questions, like what’s your address?,' Freeman said. 'So they are not telling us the charges because a) they don't want to or b) they haven't decided yet.'" (12/14/13)

http://indieregister.com/billyrock-caged-charges-unknown/  

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Anonymous hackers plead guilty to 2010 PayPal cyberattack

December 9, 2013
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Anonymous CNet News    

"Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges they were involved in a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal for the eBay unit's refusal to process payments for WikiLeaks. The hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for engineering the December 2010 distributed-denial-of-service attack in retaliation for the online payment processing company's suspension of an account linked to WikiLeaks after the document-leaking organization released a large number of classified documents." (12/08/13)

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FL: Cop arrested for wearing “Anonymous” mask at protest

December 3, 2013
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Raw Story    

"A North Miami Beach police officer who was protesting the Affordable Care Act was arrested this weekend when he refused to remove the Guy Fawkes mask he was wearing. According to the police report, Ericson Harrell was wearing the mask, a black cape, and holding an inverted United States flag when police confronted him. He told them he was 'protesting Obamacare,' but when he 'was asked several times to remove his mask and produce some form of identification or tell us his name,' he refused. He told officers that 'my anonymity is my cause,' thus the mask." [editor's note: If you arrest someone for not doing X, you weren't "asking" them to do X, you were "ordering" them to do X. And of course, the guy's identity was none of their f-ing business in any case - TLK] (12/02/13)

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Judge denies bail for alleged Silk Road founder Ulbricht

November 21, 2013
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Reuters    

"A federal judge on Thursday denied a petition to release alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht from jail before his trial, concluding that the bail proposal his defense team presented was not strong enough to dispel worries that the 29-year-old would try to flee or take violent action. ... Ulbricht's lawyer had proposed a bail package worth $1 million that restricted Ulbricht's movements and cut off his access to the internet. But a Manhattan federal prosecutor argued there was reason to believe Ulbricht would try to leave the country if released, and that his alleged participation in six murder-for-hire plots rendered him too dangerous to remain outside of jail." (11/21/13)

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Ukraine: Tymoshenko release hangs in balance

November 13, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A vote scheduled for Ukraine's parliament, on which hangs the fate of both jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukraine's EU hopes, may not even take place. Attempts to agree a bill that would allow Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment have stalled. ... The former prime minister, and long time bitter rival of President Yanukovych, has been serving a seven-year jail term since being convicted of abuse of power in 2011 over a controversial gas deal with Russia." (11/13/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24923704  

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The path to peace: Why not the Manning way?

October 10, 2013
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Joe Scarry  

"Okay, I’ll go out on a limb here and say I think there will be an announcement tomorrow awarding the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to Chelsea Manning." (10/10/13)

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Concerns regarding 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award

October 10, 2013
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Guardian [UK]
by Chelsea Manning  

"From my perspective at least, it's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for 'peace.' don't consider myself a 'pacifist,' 'antiwar,' or (especially) a 'conscientious objector.' ... I'm a 'transparency advocate.' I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don't even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects." (written 10/07/13; posted 10/09/13)

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Silk Road: Suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of abductions

October 9, 2013
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Guardian [UK]    

"There's a new theory about how the FBI And CIA tracked down the physical location of the Silk Road servers, and it has nothing to do with the man accused of being the site's operator, Ross Ulbricht, or queries he might have made on StackExchange. Instead, the rumour in hacker circles is that the CIA -- with or without the help of the National Security Agency -- accessed the server via Tor, and somehow ran an exploit on it which meant that they could locate it over the 'normal' internet." (10/09/13)

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Lawyer: Manning’s gender identity disorder under review

September 25, 2013
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USA Today    

"The lawyer who defended Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified information said Wednesday that his client is being assessed at a military prison for gender identity disorder, and that he's hopeful the military will allow Manning to receive hormone therapy. Civilian attorney David Coombs spoke to more than 150 students and faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he has taught. Manning, previously known as Bradley, is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks." (09/25/13)

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Manning’s lawyer gives more details on gender change

August 27, 2013
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Chelsea Manning USA Today    

"Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, decided to announce that she wanted to live as a woman the day after sentencing because a military prison said publicly it would not provide hormone treatment, her attorney said Monday. ... Coombs said he and Manning knew the Army might not provide hormone treatment, but they were hoping the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., would allow it since Manning had been diagnosed with gender-identity disorder by an Army psychiatrist who testified at his trial. It wasn't until they read a Courthouse News Service story that Manning decided to make the announcement." (08/26/13)

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Prosecutors in Manning show trial get another swing before sentencing

August 16, 2013
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Fox News    

"Army prosecutors are getting one more chance to present evidence [sic] that Pfc. Bradley Manning deserves [sic] a long prison sentence for disclosing a trove of classified information through WikiLeaks. ... Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for his [heroism]." (08/16/13)

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Show trial update: Manning apologizes for revealing the truth

August 15, 2013
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NBC News    

"Private Bradley Manning, convicted of handing state secrets to WikiLeaks, on Wednesday told the sentencing part of his court martial that he was sorry for his actions and for hurting the United States. 'I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States,' he said. 'I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me.'" [editor's note: No, I don't blame him for giving in to the demand for a public "confession." That's how show trials work, and they've had three years to coerce it from him - TLK] (08/14/13)

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Lind cuts potential sentence for Manning

August 7, 2013
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Reuters    

"A U.S. military judge reduced potential prison time for Private First Class Bradley Manning to 90 years from 136 years on Tuesday by ruling that some sentences for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks should be merged. Court-martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind convicted Manning, 25, last week on 19 criminal counts, including espionage and theft, for providing more than 700,000 secret files to WikiLeaks in the largest unauthorized release of secret data in U.S. history." [editor's note: Given the "show trial" nature of this proceeding, I expect this number to keep dropping; they really don't want a martyr here, anymore than the old Soviets did - SAT] (08/06/13)

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NY: Comptroller candidate Davis arrested on more victimless crime charges

August 6, 2013
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NY 1    

"Former madam Kristin Davis, a candidate for city comptroller running against one of her alleged clients, Eliot Spitzer, was arraigned in federal court in Lower Manhattan today on charges of distributing prescription pain killers earlier this year. The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI officials say that Davis sold highly addictive pills, including oxycodone, vicodin and amphetamines. ... Davis says she intends to run on the Libertarian Party line, but she has not received the support of the party." (08/06/13)

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Manning’s lawyers argue charges should be merged, reduced in number for sentencing purposes

August 6, 2013
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Fox News    

"Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are pursuing strategies aimed at reducing his possible sentence for disclosing classified information through the website WikiLeaks. A military judge is considering those motions as Manning's sentencing hearing continues Tuesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore." (08/06/13)

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The trials of Bradley Manning

August 4, 2013
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The Nation
by Chase Madar  

"In late July, the trial of Bradley Manning finally came to a close in a heavily air-conditioned courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland, where the young private from Crescent, Oklahoma, was prosecuted for the largest security breach in US history. Manning had already pleaded guilty to ten of the lesser charges against him -- for instance, unauthorized possession and improper storage of classified material, which together carry a maximum twenty-year term. But this was not enough for the prosecution: it pressed on with a dozen more serious offenses, including the potential capital crime of aiding the enemy as well as charges stemming from the Espionage Act of 1917." (08/04/13)

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Bradley Manning’s mother: My son is “Superman”

August 4, 2013
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"In a rare interview, the British mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has urged her son not to give up hope, even as he faces up to 136 years in prison for disclosing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents. In comments published by the Mail on Sunday, Susan Manning said he should know she considered him her 'Superman.' ... 'Never give up hope, son,' she was quoted as saying. 'I know I may never see you again, but I know you will be free one day. I pray it is soon.' Susan Manning, a 59-year-old from Wales, had not given an interview in years." (08/04/13)

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Verdict due today in Manning show trial

July 30, 2013
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Fox News    

"It's judgment day for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the court-martial for the former intelligence analyst was expected to announce her decision Tuesday afternoon. Manning faces 21 counts including espionage, computer fraud and theft charges, but the most serious is aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence." (07/30/13)

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Manning show trial drawing to a close

July 25, 2013
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New York Times    

"The court-martial trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose leaks of vast archives of secret government documents to WikiLeaks lifted a veil on American military and diplomatic activities, will begin to draw to a close on Thursday as lawyers deliver closing arguments over charges that could send him to prison for life. The trial began in early June with dueling portrayals of Private Manning. The prosecution argues that he is a traitor who recklessly endangered lives; his lawyers say he is a principled protester who was motivated by a desire to help society better understand the world. Both sides are likely to reprise those themes on Thursday." (07/25/13)

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