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    U.S. Press Freedom 2014: Much Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    The headline from “World Press Freedom 2014,” published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), was grave: The United States has plummeted in its rankings of 180 countries. From a not-so-great number 32 in 2013, we are now down to 48. When the group first produced its comprehensive “World Press Freedom” index … More

    Bradley Manning: A Disappointing Sentence

    Well, that was disappointing. Military Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, sentenced 25-year-old Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, which was more than the 25 years his defense counsel asked for but less than the 60 years urged by the prosecutor—and much less than the 90-year sentence … More

    Snowden Asylum Is Burying Obama’s Russian "Reset"

    The Kremlin delivered a diplomatic blow to U.S.–Russian relations when Moscow granted former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a temporary political asylum. Now, the White House may cancel a U.S.–Russia summit that was scheduled for early September, and Obama’s Russian reset policy will require significant re-examination. This will be the first … More

    Manning Verdict in WikiLeaks Case Sends Message to Lawbreakers

    Today’s verdict in the trial of Private First Class Bradley Manning is an important benchmark in the ongoing debate over the handling of secret information. The military court found Manning guilty of nearly all the charges and specifications against him, but not guilty of arguably the most serious charge, aiding … More

    Edward Snowden Dodges Cybersecurity Regulations

    Edward Snowden, the leaker of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, was reportedly able to smuggle thousands of classified documents out of the NSA simply with thumb drives. Despite the NSA’s secret and powerful security measures, Snowden later arrived in Hong Kong with four laptops containing classified information. Three … More

    Snowden, Rafael Correa, and Ecuador

    The saga of former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned “whistleblower” Edward Snowden continues to attract global attention. If press reports prove accurate, Snowden’s final destination may be Ecuador, where asylum has been requested. Ecuador is a South American nation of 15.5 million with a dollarized economy. Leftist president Rafael … More

    Morning Bell: WikiLeaks' Anti-Americanism Now Backed by Ecuador

    Yesterday, WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange, a 41-year-old Australian fleeing rape charges, stood on the balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy and told the President of the United States to get off his back. “I ask President Obama to do the right thing: the United States must renounce its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks,” … More

    Julian Assange's Sordid Ego Trip

    After hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two months, Julian Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador yesterday to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on charges of two counts of sexual assault. Assange wanted to take on the mightiest government in the world by publicizing massive … More

    Britain Is Right: No Asylum for Assange

    Early on August 16, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that his country is granting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum—that is, if he can get there. Since the end of the London Olympics, Patino and his boss, leftist President Rafael Correa, have been in a panic, warning that their … More

    WikiLeaks’s Assange, Ecuador’s Correa, and the Politics of Anti-Americanism

    On June 19, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, breached his bail conditions and secretly made his way to Ecuador’s embassy in London. There he made a request for political asylum. Assange was under house arrest and facing extradition to Sweden to stand trial for charges of sexual assault reportedly committed … More