Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Socially Engineerd | Tags: Bradley Manning, Nobel Peace Prize, Wikileaks | Comments Off
US soldier and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl are known to be on the list of a total of 231 nominees up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. With 188 individuals and 43 organisations, the number of candidates comes close to last year’s record of 241, when the prestigious award went to Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawakkol Karman.
“As always, there are the usual nominees and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns, hailing from the four corners of the world,” the head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, said.
Thousands of people are eligible to submit nominations – including members of parliaments and governments worldwide, university professors, past laureates and members of several international institutes – who had until February 1 to propose candidates. The Nobel Institute keeps the names of nominees secret for 50 years, but those who are entitled to nominate are allowed to reveal the name of the person or organisation they have proposed. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Lamo, Supreme Court, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Wikileaks | 1 Comment »
Overnight the UK Supreme Court granted Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange permission to appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex offences. ”The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said a statement from the Supreme Court, the highest court in England. The decision means Assange will spend a second Christmas at the country mansion of a wealthy supporter in Norfolk, eastern England, as his legal battle stretches into a second year. The 40-year-old Australian was arrested last December on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden after two women made allegations of sexual assault and rape.
Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the sex with the women was consensual. Assange believes the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified US files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables.
The UK Supreme Court decision comes as Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing the files to WikiLeaks, is due to make his first appearance in a US court. Manning’s hearing will determine whether the former intelligence analyst, who turns 24 on Saturday, should be tried on charges which could see him sentenced to life imprisonment.