Bradley Manning: Hero or Criminal?
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Bradley Manning: Hero or Criminal?

Pfc. Bradley Manning may get life in prison for releasing almost three-quarters-of-a-million classified documents.  Today we’ll hear about Manning’s pre-trial, WikiLeaks and the classification of information that poses no risk to national security. Also, fugitive Iraqi Vice President denies ordering killings as Prime Minister issues arrest warrant. On Reporter's Notebook, scientific tests prove origin of Stonehenge rock.

Banner Image: US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (R) arrives alongside a military official at a US military Magistrate Court facility for an Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland on December 18, 2011. Manning is accused of downloading 260,000 US diplomatic cables, videos of US air strikes and US military reports from Afghanistan and Iraq between November 2009 and May 2010 and turning them over to WikiLeaks in what has been called one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fugitive Iraqi Vice President Denies Ordering Killings as Prime Minister Issues Arrest Warrant ()

One day after the US flag was officially returned to American soil, the stability of Iraq is “really deteriorating.”  Those are the words of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who is now a fugitive in his own country.

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Bradley Manning and Government Secrecy ()

The pre-trial hearing is almost over in the biggest leak of classified documents in American history. Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of giving a massive trove of information to WikiLeaks, which published some on line.  Was US security damaged? If Manning was the leaker, did he betray his country or tell the public what it needed to know?  If a court martial convicts him should he get life in prison? And there’s a broader question.  Since much of the information released was inconsequential, why was it classified at all? 

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Reporter's Notebook

Scientific Tests Prove Origin of Stonehenge Rock ()

It’s the winter solstice… time for new revelations about how massive rocks were transported in ancient times to create Stonehenge. The oldest cultural monuments in Europe is shrouded in mystery.  Were the massive stones in Stonehenge pushed from Wales to Salisbury Plain in southern England by Ice Age glaciers or human hands?

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  • Norman Hammond: Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, Boston University

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