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The Whistleblower

The online platform WikiLeaks rose to prominence by publishing a cache of documents and video from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and secret American diplomatic cables. The nonprofit whistleblower has been praised by some for the greatest leaks of classified information ever and compared by others to "terrorists."

World from Berlin: Manning Sentence a 'Draconian Penalty'

World from Berlin: Manning Sentence a 'Draconian Penalty'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Bradley Manning has been given 35 years for providing over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks and exposing confidential US information. German editorialists are divided about the legacy of the trial -- and what it means for America. more... Comment ]

The Manning Verdict: Obama's Defining Injustice

The Manning Verdict: Obama's Defining Injustice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

By using the Espionage Act to punish Bradley Manning, the Obama administration has shown how far it will go to intimidate leakers. His sentencing is a stain on the president's legacy and on America's global reputation. A Commentary By Hans Hoyng more... Comment ]

US Shows No Mercy: Bradley Manning Convicted

US Shows No Mercy: Bradley Manning Convicted

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

A US military court acquitted Bradley Manning of the worst charge against him, but he isn't out of the woods yet. By Sebastian Fischer in Fort Meade, Maryland more... Comment ]

Moscow Phantom: Where In the World Is Edward Snowden?

Moscow Phantom: Where In the World Is Edward Snowden?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

Edward Snowden has reportedly been inside the transit terminal of a Moscow airport for days now, but there is no evidence to prove it. As his absence sparks new conspiracy theories, the Kremlin is capitalizing on the case. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Prism Informant: Moscow Welcomes Snowden with Open Arms

Prism Informant: Moscow Welcomes Snowden with Open Arms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2013

Prism informant Edward Snowden isn't planning on staying for long in Russia, but his presence there has been fodder for Moscow's anti-American rhetoric. Snowden is expected to fly onward to Cuba and, perhaps, Ecuador on Monday. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Taxing Transparency: Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

Taxing Transparency: Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. By revoking the tax-exempt status of the site's main financial supporter in Germany for the 2010 calendar year, the authority could place a further strain on the organization's future. By Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2012

Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the South American country. More to the point, say German commentators, is the fact that both Ecuador and Britain have granted Assange an even larger soap box. more...

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2012

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses. more... Comment ]

Anonymous Under Fire: Criticism Mounts against Anti-Nazi Website

Anonymous Under Fire: Criticism Mounts against Anti-Nazi Website

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2012

A group of online activists associated with the loose-knit hacker collective Anonymous has set its sights on Germany's far-right scene. But its method of publishing private information in its raw form, creating the potential for further abuse, has drawn criticism from both its supporters and targets. By Marcel Rosenbach more... Video | Comment ]

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2011

For some, Bradley Manning is a hero. Others feel that the US soldier, who is accused of providing secret documents to WikiLeaks, is a traitor and a threat to American security. The military proceedings against him, which begin Friday, are likely to end in a guilty verdict. By Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]