Daily Archives: January 18, 2017

Italy sentences two former South American leaders to life in prison for Operation Condor murders


Operation Condor: South American dictatorships hunted down and killed thousands of dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

A conspiracy existed between the governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to help find and assassinate each others’ political opponents.


Source: Reuters

A Rome court on Tuesday handed down eight life sentences for the murder of 23 Italian citizens in a conspiracy, known as Operation Condor, in which South American dictatorships hunted down and killed thousands of dissidents in the 1970s and 1980s.

It is the first time an Italian court has ruled a conspiracy existed between the governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to help find and assassinate each others’ political opponents.

After a trial that lasted more than two years, lead judge Evelina Canale said eight men were convicted in absentia, including former Bolivian President Luis Garcia, now 87 and serving a 30-year prison sentence in Bolivia for crimes committed during his government, and former Peruvian President Francisco Morales, now 95.

“It’s clear that this conviction confirms that Operation Condor existed and that it was a criminal conspiracy,” Prosecutor Tiziana Cugini told Reuters after the ruling.

“It’s very significant, especially given that heads of state from the time were convicted.”

Under Italian law, Italian magistrates can investigate the killings of Italian citizens overseas.

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‘Assange stands by everything he said’ – lawyer on Wikileaks’ founder US extradition promise [VIDEO]


Published on Jan 18, 2017

Now that President Barack Obama has commuted much of whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, will Wikileaks founder Julian Assange follow through on his promise to accept extradition to the US? Melinda Taylor, lawyer for Assange, joins RT to discuss this issue.




[1/17/17]  CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill said Monday night that Steve Harvey and other black people who have met with President-elect Donald Trump are just a “bunch of mediocre negroes” but later claimed he “wasn’t name-calling.”

“I love Steve Harvey and I have respect for Steve Harvey and I think his intentions were accurate, appropriate rather, but my disagreement is the way in which he’s being used by folk like Donald Trump. Yet, his intention is just to have a seat at the table. But when you’re at the table, you should have experts at the table. You should have people who will challenge the president at the table,” Hill said on “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon.

“They keep bringing up comedians and athletes to represent black interests is demeaning, it’s disrespectful, and it’s condescending. Bring some people up there with expertise Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain,” he added later. “Unless Steve Harvey turns into a policy analyst in behind the scenes meetings it doesn’t matter what I’m saying. My concern is the people who he is trumpeting up and putting in front of the cameras.”

“Marc, you weren’t even there. You don’t even know what happened. You weren’t in the room, sir. You weren’t there,” said Bruce LeVell, director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, cutting into the conversation.

Democrat Mayor of Warren, Michigan caught on tape calling black people ‘chimps’ and women ‘dried up c*nts

Mayor Jim Fouts

Mayor Jim Fouts of Warren, Michigan came under fire on Monday after audio surfaced of him allegedly using disparaging remarks against African-Americans and women.

In recordings obtained by Motor City Muckraker, Fouts reportedly uses the N-word and refers to older women as “dried-up c*nts.”





[1/17/17]  Today President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 209 people and pardoned 64 others. In all, Obama has commuted the sentences of 1,385 people (the most commutations of any president in history) and pardoned 212 others.

Without a doubt, however, the highest profile commutation announced today was that of Chelsea Manning. The Army intelligence analyst (formerly Bradley Manning) was convicted in 2010 of leaking information about American military and diplomatic activities across the world. She revealed these secrets to the nonprofit open government group WikiLeaks, which was recently implicated in election hacking.

Manning, 29, was supposed to remain in prison until 2045, but she will now be freed May 17, 2017.

The pardon announcement also led many journalists to speculate that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may finally be extradited to the United States for his alleged wrongdoing.

Why did they wonder about that? Because WikiLeaks itself tweeted about it five days ago:

The tweet links to a letter sent in August from Assange’s lawyer Michael J. Pollock to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in which Pollock orders Lynch to close the investigation against Assange because of the “Clinton precedent” (the fact that the Department of Justice did not press charges against Hillary Clinton). Pollack writes that Assange, like Clinton, did not have criminal intent because WikiLeaks aims only to “inform the public” with its “newsgathering and reporting activities.”



‘Humanitarian move’: Chelsea Manning’s sentence commuted – ex-CIA officer Kiriakou



Published on Jan 17, 2017

President Barack Obama has shortened the prison sentence of former Army private and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, She will be released on May 17, instead of remaining in military custody until 2045 as originally sentenced.
Manning had leaked to WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of US government documents that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diary. She was convicted by a US Army Court Martial to 35 years’ imprisonment prison in August 2013, under the Espionage Act.