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WikiLeaks vows to fight the espionage verdict against whistleblower Bradley Manning. It is a short-sighted judgment that cannot be tolerated and it must

The New South Wales corruption announce judgments on former Labor ministers.Business leaders launch an ambitious plan to transform Australia's economy.What we're hoping is that we'll get them to raise their eyes to the horizon, look to the future, don't focus on the short term. And - Essendon denies damning new allegations about its 2012 supplements program.

Good morning. Welcome back to 'ABC News Breakfast'. I'm Virginia Trioli.I'm Michael Rowland. Our top story today - the man accused. Biggest leak of classified documents in US history has been found guilty of espionage. A Military Court found Private Bradley Manning guilty of 20 charges but he was acquitted of the most serious charge of 'Ady Gil'ing the enemy. Earlier I spoke to our North America correspondent Jane CowanTo hear this verdict be delivered today by the judge was to hear the word guilty read out over and over again in the courtroom as she went through all 22 charges that he was facing. She did find him guilty of almost all of those, including multiple counts of espionage, but significantly on that most serious charge of aiding the enemy that aim with a maximum sentence of life behind bars with no parole, she acquitted him but that's nearly immaterial for his future because the maximum sentence for the combined convictions he has received goes to more than 100 years. So it's still quite possible that he spends the rest of his life behind bars. The real issue, however, for many people watching this trial looking at the broader consequences of it is that if he wasn't found guilty on that particular point of aiding the enemy some commentators are seeing that as, if not a victory, then at least leaving a door open for those who would be whistleblowers and who believe they'd like to argue for the freedom of information?That's right. The aiding the enemy charge was the most serious, the most controversial. It's a charge that has never been brought before in a leak case. And it's one that many critics of this case said was an overreach from the start. And the fact that there's been an acquittal on that count has been called is a striking rebuke for military prosecutors who were trying to make the case that simply causing Chas ified information to be published on the anti-secrecy web site WikiLeaks was akin to aiding al-Qaeda because terrorists can access the Internet like else. So the fear was that guilty verdict on else. So the fear was that a guilty verdict particular would set a guilty verdict on that count in particular would set dangerous precedent in defining what particular would set a rather what aiding the enemy means in what aiding the enemy means this modern era of the Internet and it was this modern era of and it was feared that it would and it have a really chilling effect on investigative journalism and on the reporting of national security issues, that it would threaten to criminalise not only the activity of whistleblowers, but also the journalists who work with them. At this point this is something less than the worse case scenario that had been feared as a result in this case and the media is breathing somewhat it
of a sigh of relief, although it has to be said that organisations from WikiLeaks, not surprisingly, but all the way through to Amnesty International are still not happy with this outcome, and they say that the case and the aiding the enemy charge having gotten this far in the first place is a case of misplaced priorities on the part of the US Government. They're very conscious of the fact that Private Manning, regardless of the acquittal on that charge is still going to be punished very heavily. So that's sending a very strong message to anyone who might contemplate in future doing what he's done. What happens next with sentencing?Sentencing is set down to begin tomorrow. It's unclear how long that will take because there will be arguments and possibly even witnesses heard in this phase of the trial. It's where the mitigating arguments about Bradley Manning's state of mind and his moment tiffs do actually come into play, and where the judge has even a more difficult decision to make because remember Bradley Manning of. The argument has been about why he did of. The why he did it. He said he why he did it. He said he did
it not to aid the enemy but to spark it not spark a debate about US foreign it not to aid the enemy policy so the sentencing phase kicks in tomorrow, and this is a case that has an automatic right of appeal. So right of appeal. So there's quite some way to run now, even still, quite some way still, before Private Manning's fate is finally sealed. His supporters are threatening to march in Washington DC later on tonight. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken out against the verdict and says it will be appealed.Bradley Manning's alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions and induced democratic reform. He is the This is
quintessential whistleblower. This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower in the United States. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short-sighted judgment that cannot be tolerated and it must be reversed. The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to break him. An act formally condemned by the United Nations special repertoire for torture. This has not been a fair trial.Let's come back home now. The government has had to postpone the transfer of the first asylum seekers to PNG under its new policy because of bad weather. Melissa Clarke joins us now from Parliament house. What's the government telling us about this?Well, what we know, really, is information we're getting from the Department of Immigration. They've been charged with making the moves, government's left it in their hands as to the details. We know that the plane that was meant to arrive in Christmas island to take this first group of asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea was delayed because of with around Christmas Island. We don't yet have a new estimated time for when they will go but we do know it will be a small group of single men who will be sent to Manus Island to be the first to begin being processed under this government's new plan. Even if they are process and found to be refugees they won't have the option of being resettleed in Australia. The Greens have unveiled their new policy. What have they had to say?The Greens are calling for a more compassionate approach and
and have accused the government and the opposition of being cruel and barbarous. The Greens today are launching their policy which would involve an increase in the humanitarian intake from the current level of 20,000 people a year to 30,000 people a year. They say that they would like to expedite that 10,000 increase. And have it focused on taking people who are already in the region in Indonesia and Malaysia as transit many of whom have already been found Malaysia as transit countries
many of found to be refugees and are many of whom have already been waiting for resettlement by found to be refugees and waiting for resettlement UNHCR, the Greens say this would relieve pressure on the backlog of people in the region who are would relieve pressure who are trying to get to who are trying to get safer permanent new home. Now, this puts them safer permanent new home. this puts them obviously at this puts contrast with not only the this puts them obviously government, which contrast with not only government, which has said it wants contrast with not only the
government, wants to say at the current government, which has said it level of 20,000 until the boat arrivals are under control and arrivals are under control then it would consider moving to 27,000. The coalition wants to bring it back to where it was a short time at 13750. The Greens leader Christine Milne has told Radio National this morning that when you compare this increase that they're proposing to the overall size of Australia's migration program,, it shouldn't be something that concerns the public.The current permanent intake in Australia for permanent migration is 200,000 a year. We're talking about increasing the human hup intake of that to 30 ,000. Actually by taking some of that backlog out of Indonesia and Malaysia and our region, you would really take the pressure off. The opposition's Scott Morrison has been vigorously defending that flight he took to Nauru funded by the top Toll Holdings which stands to make a lot of money if the coalition is elected to government?Toll Holdings is already benefiting from government contracts when it comes to work being done in Nauru on camps. Scott Morrison has defended his decision to take a seat on a flight over to Nauru that was paid for by Toll Holdings. The government has says it raises conflict of interest issues given that Toll is a logistics company, has previously sought and is likely to see in the future any area
tenders re relating to that area and they raise concerns about private funding of public policy development by the coalition but Scott Morrison says it's not an issue because it has been open and it has publicly declared the arrangements that have helped them get overseas and that the opposition doesn't get taxpayer support to travel overseas as government ministers do and Scott Morrison reeled off a list of reasons why it shouldn't be of concern to anyone that his trip was funded by a private company. I mean the way you manage these things is through transparency and
disclosure

disclosure and we've made full disclosure on these things. We're not in the middle of any tender process. We're not in tender process. We're in opposition, not in government. Toll Holdings were going up opposition, not in there for the ordinary course of business there for the of business anyway which of business anyway which was in my disclosureFinally, ending the
with something else entirely, the Treasurer Chris Bowen just made an announcement regarding superannuation.. What's he had to say? Chris Bowen is saying that the government would implement five-year freezes on super anation tax policy changes. He is very close to make an economic statement which would update us with new budget figures. There's plenty of concern in the superannuation industry that they'd be targeted by future saving measures, given there have been a number of changes in this area in the past two budgets by the Federal Government, things like changing the compulsory superannuation level, for the first time, taxing interest on super incomes or interest, taxing the interest on super lump sums once someone starts withdrawing from those funds, changes to concessional caps, clearly to alleviate concern in that sector in particular, Chris Bowen is saying that a new Rudd Government, elected to a new term, would legislate this five-year freeze on shup tax policy changes. And that would be a rolling thing. You'd review superannuation each five years. Make any changes, then there'd be another five year freeze or moratorium. This is evidently directed very much to calm the superannuation industry and it certainly tells us a little more about what we might not expect in the economic statement that's due to come by the end of this week, but we're not necessarily clear as to what's in it.What not to expect is at least a start. Business leaders have launched a nine-point plan to ensure Australia's long-term economic future is sustained. They say sustained growth must be a key priority for the next government.A cut in company tax and raising the GST are among the measures being proposed. Earlier I spoke with the President of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Shepherd. Reducing the company tax rate is a very important way of inspiring companies to invest and to grow. Countries like Sweden now have a company tax rate of 22%. We're at 30%. There is no doubt that countries around the world recognise that we're in a competitive environment, if you want companies to invest and grow, create jobs, pay dividends, then you need to reduce the tax burden on them.Realistically though and we are moving into election season well and proper, what are the chances of either party agreeing to cut the company tax rate or increasing the GST down the track? What we're hoping by in plan and it's far wider nan just taxation, it covers a whole range of what we see as
critical whole range of what critical issues from energy to critical issues skills to industrial critical issues from energy skills to industrial relations, to planning and to planning and infrastructure, what we're what we're hoping is we'll get them is we'll get them to raise their eyes to the horizon, look to the future, don't focus on the short-term political gains or losses of an election campaign and come forward with plans that will take Australia through to the next 20 or 30 years and ensure that we maintain our prosperity and high standard of living and we should inspire to increase it.What's it going to take to change this very, very short-term 24 hour news cycle find set in it country? We've had great reforms over the last 20 or 30 years by political visionaries. I'm sure we can do it again.The 'council of Australia's Tony Shepherd, coming after the announcement by Chris Bowen of a long-term policy initiative on super superannuation. Long-term vision, I don't know five years, five years is now what's regarded by a government as a long-term plan. Why? 'Cause it's longer than one electoral cycle.Indeed it is. I don't think five years might quite cut it.He's getting there, slowly, so I think BCA is talking 10, 20 years' vision ...50 years, forget it! A abducted
Sydney man who allegedly girlfriend
abducted his 16 year ordinary girlfriend and his baby son pat knife point faces court today. in to police last night The 24-year-old handed in to police last night after a week on the run. The girl and the child were allegedly kidnaped from a house in the city's west on Thursday, but were later released.A New South Wales corruption inquiry will hand down its findings into three former Labor ministers today.The independent commission against corruption has been investigating whether Ian Macdonald riged a coal tender process to benefit his former colleague Eddie Obeid. Jamelle Wells says the findings could lead to criminal charges being laid.Well, if Commissioner David Ip makes corruption findings against Ian Macdonald, Eddie Obeid and other former Minister Eric Roozendaal as a result of handing down his findings into three inquiries they could be referred to the DPP for various criminal charges. Those charges might include fraud, they might include niz leading the ICAC or something like misconduct in public office. If the men are chargeed that could be some time away because the DPP will have to make that decision and then this could be several years before it even gets to the courts. These are the top stories this morning on 'ABC News Breakfast' - US soldier Bradley Manning has been found guilty of espionage but has been acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Manning admitted to leaking thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks and he could be sentenced to more than 100 years behind bars.Two former New South Wales ministers could face criminal charges after the State's corruption inquiry hands down its findings into mining licences today. Ian Macdonald is accused of rigging the tender process to benefit his former colleague Eddie Obeid. And business leaders are calling on the major parties to commit to serious tax reform ahead of the federal election. As part of their blueprint, they want a company tax cut and a rise in the GST. To Egypt now. Where there are fears of further political violence after the Muslim Brotherhood called for more protests against the ousting of Mohammed Morsi.That's despite a peace mission to Cairo by a senior negotiator from European senior negotiator from the
European Union. Foreign Affairs representative
Catherine Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton continued her
attempt to get the two sides

attempt together here in attempt to get the two together here in Cairo. After together here her father stunning news that she'd been to President Morsi. Now she was taken late at night in a helicopter to a location she says she doesn't where it is. And spent some time with him. He was told half an hour before that she was coming. Here is a little of how she characterised that meeting.He's well. And we had a friendly and open and very frank discussion for the two hours that I saw him. I saw where he was. I don't know where he is, but I saw the facilities he has. He has access to information in terms of TV, newspapers, so we were able to talk about the situation and we were able to talk about the need to move forward. She has made it very clear she doesn't want to speak on Morsi's behaviour. If she got it wrong he is in no position to correct her. But she is hopeful that somewhere along the line there will be some breakthrough, some point of meeting where the two sides can actually began to talk. A Professor of political science at the American University here in Cairo says he doesn't think despite her attempts that this will be a period of success.The military demands are too high right now. The Muslim Brotherhood demands are also too high. There is a conflict of I don't think there will be any successful attempt for mediation right now. But maybe in the future. When eventually there is some sort of break in this political impasse and things can improve politically, he says there will facing still be the same old problems
facing this country.The crisis will continue. The legitimacy crisis will continue. Achievement crisis will continue. And hence the popular grievance and anger will continue. People right now are focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the clear and eminent danger but once the Muslim Brotherhood danger is over, people will start complaining again. The immediate problem is to get the two sides talking. The brotherhood has called for the marchers tonight. That's not a good sign. In the next few days it's highly unlikely these two sides will find common ground. Now, investigators say the driver of a train that crashed in Spain last week was talking on the phone when it derailed. The train's black box indicates the train was travelling well above the speed limit when it came off the rails. Investigators say the driver was on the phone and a co-worker appeared to be consulting a ma'am at the time of the accident. The driver is suspected of reckless homicide but is yet to be formally charged. The role of schools in Australia is being seen as key to tackling racism. A human rights survey has found that all schoolchildren have had some experience of racism.I spoke to the principal of Punchbowl high school in Sydney about his experience. There's always going to be some divisions in society. When I arrived at the school back in 2007, there were a number of issues question needed to address. One of them primarily was that our creating a better sense of harmony within the student body. We've been able to do that. We have close to 30 different cultural groups within the school. It's very important we make sure that everyone feels a part of this school. We've built the concept community.
of a school family, a school community. We've got that between teachers. We've got a very culturally diverse teaching and student population. It's my job as principal of any public school like any school would have to make sure that every single student gets to achieve their best educational outcomes by filling a sense of belonging and making sure there is no discrimination and race certainly doesn't play a mart in terms of allowing them to achieve what will be a better life and future.How did you achieve that? We've been involved in interfaith programs particularly with communities that we don't know very well. Kids from this school don't know very well. Like all schools we've appointed an anti-racism contact officer. There is an excellent web site the racism no way web site which provides different resources for schools to utilise. But we've built that concept of family. This was no better shown than last week when we had our annual community dinner. This is now an eighth year. We had over 500 people attend that. That's a great night of multiculturalism. What's most important is the fact that what we do is make sure that we don't look for the differences. We actually look for the fact there is a lot more that unites us than there is that us. Students learn to love each
other based on the person they

are rather than their heritage. It's important we recognise and celebrate the different backgrounds that people bring and how we can combine all of that together to create that more harmonious society we all want to have.Let's look at the markets for Paul joins us with sport again.We'll bring you up to date with the sporting scandals this morning. Essendon has denied a claim by Dean Robinson about its supplements program. Robinson told Channel 7 he was present when Stephen Dank was interviewed for the role of sports scientist. Robinson has complained he has been unfairly treated by the Bombers. Steve said to Danny and James what you're asking me to do is Black Ops. The worst anything is ... sorry. The worst thing is, walking in and seeing my kids ... and realising that everything I've worked for, everything that I tried to for my family ... Essendon is tar getting me.Essendon after those claims went to air, released a statement saying that James Hird emphasiseed that the 2012 supplements run by Dank and Robinson must be legal, must be approved by the club doctor, must be given with the consent of the player. The statement added contrary to reports, they never said the program should be run as a Black Op. This is nonsense and categorically rejected by the club. Isaac Gordon is set to sue Cronulla claiming he suffered potentially life threatening side effects from the club 's supplements program. Severe bruising in one leg, and was told by doctors that a blow to the head could've killed him. The cricket will start tomorrow night at Old Trafford, the third Test and David Warner is being considered to come into that batting order. And overnight in the swimming, it was Emily Seebohm doing herself and Australia proud with a silver meld yafl at the World Championships finals in the 100m backstroke. She just couldn't get past Missy Franklin who beat her at the London Olympics last year that is one gold and four silver to Australia so far in the swim Championships.Which is not good given where swimming has been for Australia.We're looking at it differently. We don't have to blindly say that Australia should be winning gold, gold, gold like we used to.Silver, silver, bronze, let's stick with that. We've lowered expectations.Much more realistic.Given away the Ashes as well.From up there to way go in
down here.Feels better if you go in like thatFor a gold medal winning weather performance here's Paul. It's going to be a settled day across Australia, a little unusual for winter but in Europe, they're in the middle of the storm season and a severe thunderstorm in northern Italy has spawned a tornado that has injured 12 people and damaged buildings and vehicles. It happened in an industrial area in eastern Milan. Witnesses say the ordeal lasted up to a quarter of an hour. All of this while in southern Germany hailstones bigger than tennis balls pummelled a number of areas. Back home, there's an area of rain and thunderstorms just off the New South Wales north coast. The tail end of a cold front is brushing past the south west bringing a few coastal showers there. A few showers on the way for Tasmania with in approaching cold front but most of the nation is fine under a large high sitting right over the south-east. Do you give that ghold?Absolutely, gold for Paul! Gold for Australia! We will be back tomorrow, but ABC News 24 will have comprehensive coverage later this morning on the release of the three ICAC reports into the conduct of former Labor ministers. A very big political story indeed.Back tomorrow at 6am. Have a great day. We'll see you then on 'ABC News Breakfast'.

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