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Mattis should protect world from Trump: Pentagon Papers whistleblower

WASHINGTON: Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg called Friday on the Pentagon chief to "protect us" from President Donald Trump by resisting orders to launch military actions or use nuclear weapons. "The situation is closer to the possible use of nuclear weapons since any time I would say in 50 years," Ellsberg, a former high-level military analyst and nuclear war planner turned world-famous whistleblower, told a French wire service in a telephone interview. "It is very dangerous time," he said, pointing out…

Assange says would go to US only if rights guaranteed: WikiLeaks

LONDON: WikiLeaks said on Wednesday its founder Julian Assange could travel to the US to face investigation after one of the whistleblowing site's main sources was given clemency -- but only if his rights were "guaranteed". "Assange is still happy to come to the US provided all his rights are guaranteed," WikiLeaks said on Twitter, the day after US President Barack Obama commuted a prison sentence for former soldier Chelsea Manning. Manning was sentenced to 35 years behind bars in 2013 for handing 700,000 sensitive…

Snowden loses final Norway appeal for no-extradition pledge

OSLO: Norway's supreme court on Friday rejected a final appeal by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the US should he travel to Norway to collect an award. Just as was the case in an original lawsuit and the subsequent appeal to a lower court in Oslo, the supreme court said it could not evaluate an extradition request preemptively. Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Snowden, who lives in exile in Russia, faces charges of espionage and theft of…