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Suspicious: A Biography of Master Spy Richard Sorge

Tariq Ali London Review Of Books
Unlike Kim Philby, Cold War-era Soviet master spy Richard Sorge is not yet the subject of multiple novels, profiles and transatlantic espionage dramas. He, his exploits and his tragic end at the hands of Japanese militarism should be better known.

Friday Nite Videos -- January 27, 2017

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President Donald Trump's First Negotiation Was A Humiliation. Musical Internationalism | Groove in G. Radical Brownies. Russia Treason Arrest Seen as Tacit Corroboration of US Intel. Kellyanne Conway - SNL.

President Obama: Harding "Pardoned" Debs So Why Not Pardon Snowden and Manning, Too?

Murray Polner LA Progressive
Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning exhibit something of Eugene Debs' understanding that dissent is not disloyalty. Drawing on the courage of - yes - Warren Harding, and while offering clemency would not be politically easy, it would in time [to] burnish Barack Obama's dubious civil liberties legacy.

Newspapers Push for Snowden Pardon

The New York Times, The Guardian
The New York Times and The Guardian (London) published major editorial statements on New Year's Day, reviewing the evidence that Edward Snowden's whistleblowing on NSA spying has largely been vindicated. They call for the creation of conditions that will allow Snowden to return home with dignity.

Statement by Bradley Manning: On Being Sentenced

Bradley Manning
The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
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