Snowden Safe For The Long Term?

MOSCOW (WRC NEWS) — Edward Snowden’s lawyer has informed him that he is legally eligible to obtain permanent Russian citizenship, following the announcement that his asylum status has been extended by 3 years.

The former NSA contractor turned whistleblower has lived in Russia for the last three years.

“Essentially, he now has every reason to apply for [Russian] citizenship in the future, in a while, as the law [states] that one needs to spend no less than 5 years on the territory of Russia [to be granted citizenship],” Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told RIA Novosti news agency.

“This means that if he decides [to apply for citizenship] in the near future, it will be legally possible. He has now lived in Russian for almost four years, has not violated any laws, and there are no [legal] claims against him – this is one of the reasons his residence permit was extended,” Kucherena explained.

In a statement to Interfax, Kucherena also expressed hope that the incoming Trump administration would change Washington’s attitude towards the whistleblower.

“I hope that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump will be more sensitive and objective in its consideration of the Snowden issue and will change the attitude the official authorities [have expressed] towards it,” Kucherena stated on Wednesday, saying that in order “to do this, they need only to work through Snowden’s story and realize that he did not commit any crime.”

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Caleb Stephen is a Christian conservative freelance journalist, columnist, political activist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report (CalebReport.com).
Caleb has written for and has articles published on world-renowned websites including World Net Daily (WND), The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The San Francisco Post, Intellihub, Natural News, Before It’s News and Rense.com
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Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

(WeAreChange) — President Obama has shortened the prison sentence of former Army private and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.  Manning, who was convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the Obama administration, and brought WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, to the forefront.

She will be released in five months on May 17, instead of remaining in military custody until 2045, as originally sentenced. Her original 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

This news is a welcome relief to the broader whistleblower community across the globe who have petitioned Obama to grant Manning clemency.

Not less than 72 hours ago, the hashtag #HugsForChelsea was going viral as thousands across the country offered their support for her release.

NBC News reported last week that Manning was on Obama’s ‘short list’ for commutation.

Glenn Greenwald from The Intercept tweeted:

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Caleb Stephen is a Christian conservative freelance journalist, columnist, political activist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report (CalebReport.com).
Caleb has written for and has articles published on world-renowned websites including World Net Daily (WND), The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The San Francisco Post, Intellihub, Natural News, Before It’s News and Rense.com
He is an international reporter for WeAreChange.org
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At Least 50 Dead, 100 Wounded in Twin Bombings in Afghanistan

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (WeAreChange) — AFP reports that a spate of bombings in 3 Afghan cities have left 50 people dead and 100 wounded.

At least 11 people died when explosives packed inside a sofa detonated inside the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar during a visit by the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan, who reportedly escaped the attack with injuries.

Just two hours prior, the town of Kabul was rocked by two terrorist attacks which killed at least 30 and wounded 80 others.

According to the official who spoke to AFP, the majority of those killed in the Kabul attacks were civilians, including parliamentary employees who were leaving the parliament complex as the attack took place during rush hour.

Taliban insurgents were quick to claim responsibility for the bombings.

An injured parliament security guard named  Zabi told AFP: “The first explosion happened outside the parliament… a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot.”

“The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated,” he said.

Describing the car bomb, the guard said: “It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated.”

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Caleb Stephen is a Christian conservative freelance journalist, columnist, political activist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report (CalebReport.com).
Caleb has written for and has articles published on world-renowned websites including World Net Daily (WND), The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The San Francisco Post, Intellihub, Natural News, Before It’s News and Rense.com
He is an international reporter for WeAreChange.org
Visit his website www.calebstephen.com and follow him on Twitter @CalebSOfficial

U.S. and European Weapons Allegedly Used to Commit War Crimes in Iraq

LONDON (WeAreChange) — Human rights watchdog group Amnesty International said on Thursday that militias fighting alongside Iraqi troops against Islamic State are committing war crimes using weapons supplied to the Iraqi military by the United States, Europe, Russia and Iran.

The group claimed that the predominantly Shi’ite Muslim militias, known collectively as the “Hashid Shaabi,” were using weapons from Iraqi military stockpiles – supplied by U.S., European and Middle East backers to commit war crimes including kidnappings, torture and assassinations.

The Iraqi Parliament voted for the Hashid to formally become part of the nation’s armed forces in November last year, however the session was boycotted by Sunni Muslim representatives, who worry the move will entrench Shi’ite majority rule as well as Iran’s regional influence. The move consequently did not go ahead.

In recent time, Iraqi and Western officials have expressed their concerns over the Iraqi government’s ability to reign in on the violent Shi’ite militias.

However, Hashid Shaabi has dismissed Amnesty’s findings as “lies”.

“These lies falsify truths and contribute directly or indirectly to the continuation of struggles that the Iraqi people and the people of neighbouring countries suffer from,” Hashid spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi said.

“This is very clear in this report when it is purposefully slandering an official government institution,” he added, calling for an inquiry into Amnesty’s sources.

They militia group even brags that they saved the nation by pushing ISIS back from Baghdad’s borders after the army crumbled before the jihadists’ lightning advance in 2014.

Amnesty researcher Patrick Wilcken warned that international arms suppliers including the USA, European countries, Russia and Iran “must wake up to the fact that all arms transfers to Iraq carry a real risk of ending up in the hands of militia groups with long histories of human rights violations.

The rights organisation cited nearly two and a half years of its independently conducted field research, including interviews with dozens of former detainees, witnesses, survivors, and relatives of those killed, detained or missing as a result of war crimes.

Their report focused on four powerful militia groups, most of which are backed by Iran: the Badr Organisation, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Kataib Hezbollah and Saraya al-Salam.

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Caleb Stephen is a Christian conservative freelance journalist, columnist, political activist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report (CalebReport.com).
Caleb has written for and has articles published on world-renowned websites including World Net Daily (WND), The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The San Francisco Post, Intellihub, Natural News, Before It’s News and Rense.com
He is an international reporter for WeAreChange.org
Visit his website www.calebstephen.com and follow him on Twitter @CalebSOfficial

Washington Post Retracts Fake News Story Claiming Russia Hacked U.S. Power Grid

WASHINGTON (WeAreChange) — The Washington Post has retracted an apparent fake news story that implied Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.

The editor’s note on the Post’s story read: “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far.”

The note also admitted, “The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.”

The amusing thing about the story, which was originally put out by the AFP newswire, and which numerous mainstream media outlets subsequently ran with, was that they essentially debunked their own misleading headline at the end of the story:

“A code connected to Russian hacking efforts has been discovered in a utility system in Vermont, which could point to vulnerabilities in the US electrical grid, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The code detected in the northeastern state’s system did not disrupt its operations, the paper cited US officials as saying. The code was associated with the Russian hacking efforts that US officials have dubbed “Grizzly Steppe.”

The Burlington Electric Department said it had been alerted by the government Thursday night, carried out a scan and found the malware in one laptop not connected to its grid systems. It said it took action to isolate that laptop.”

The story set off a firestorm of recriminations, with Vermont leaders calling Russian President Putin “a thug” on Saturday, after one of the state’s electric utilities found a virus on a laptop computer.

A utility spokesman has also told the Burlington Free Press the laptop was not connected to the grid.

The Washington Post, as well as other outlets retracted their stories after this revelation came to light. However, it proves as yet another example of the Post’s attempt to create fear through the use of “Russia hysteria,” even if it is at the risk of spreading more fake news.

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Caleb Stephen is a Christian conservative freelance journalist, columnist, political activist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report (CalebReport.com).
Caleb has written for and has articles published on world-renowned websites including World Net Daily (WND), The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, The San Francisco Post, Intellihub, Natural News, Before It’s News and Rense.com
He is an international reporter for WeAreChange.org
Visit his website www.calebstephen.com and follow him on Twitter @CalebSOfficial

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