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Clinton names ex-Cheney advisor as State Dept. spokesperson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department on Thursday named career diplomat Victoria Nuland as its new spokesperson, filling a vacancy left when the former incumbent resigned in a flap over the soldier accused of leaking secret WikiLeaks documents. Nuland was a national security advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney…

U.S. soldier fights Afghan ‘kill squad’ court martial

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier accused of being part of a rogue “kill squad” that targeted Afghan civilians should not face court martial, his lawyer argued at a new hearing Wednesday. Private Andrew Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy…

U.S. soldier wins new hearing in Afghan murder case

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A military judge has granted a defense request to reopen pretrial evidentiary proceedings for one of the five soldiers in Washington state charged with killing Afghan civilians in cold blood. Dan Conway, the civilian lawyer for Army Private Andrew Holmes, said he was notified on Monday that…

Captured US soldier’s father pleads for son’s release on YouTube video

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The father of a US soldier captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan pleaded for his son’s captors to release him, and asked Pakistan to “diligently help,” in a video posted online. Robert Bergdahl, in a video uploaded to YouTube [shown below], said he “can remain silent no…

April deadliest month for US in Iraq since 2009

BAGHDAD — The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP. The soldier “was killed April 29 while conducting operations in southern Iraq,” a US military statement released on Saturday said, without giving…

Obama heckled at fundraiser by Bradley Manning supporters

WASHINGTON – Ten supporters of accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning paid at least $5,000 to attend a fundraiser with President Barack Obama Thursday and interrupted his speech with a song protesting soldier’s treatment. Obama was speaking at a San Francisco hotel to a room of about 200 donors — some…

U.N. torture investigator slams U.S. for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims U.S. authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks. Juan Mendez, the U.N. representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored…

US soldier pleads guilty over Afghan killings

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AFP) – A US soldier pleaded guilty to targeting Afghan civilians for execution, under a plea bargain for his part in a rogue US Army unit in southern Afghanistan. Corporal Jeremy Morlock, who is set to testify against four co-accused, admitted murdering or helping to kill…

State Dept. spokesman: Manning treatment ‘counterproductive and stupid’

Even the U.S. State Department spokesman is slamming the Pentagon for their treatment of the U.S. soldier accused of leaking State Department cables to secrets outlet WikiLeaks. British television journalist Philippa Thomas recently joined State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley and several others for a talk at MIT. “And then, inevitably,…

US probes ‘Anonymous’ hacker threat over WikiLeaks soldier

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday it had requested an investigation into a hacker group’s reported cyber threat against a military base that is being used to hold a US soldier suspected of giving documents to WikiLeaks. Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan said the probe was requested after news that…

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