What Happens Next For Julian Assange (HBO)

Julian Assange’s lawyers are digging in for a furious, last-ditch effort to block his extradition to the U.S., following his dramatic arrest Thursday morning. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living since 2012.

Assange is now facing up to five years in American prison for allegedly conspiring to hack into a classified Pentagon computer system in 2010. A 2018 indictment, unsealed by the Department of Justice on Thursday, charges him with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleges that he tried to help former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning gain access to the government computer system in March 2010.

Given Assange’s contentious history with Washington, the initial indictment may be an attempt to bring Assange to the U.S. before targeting him with additional charges, former federal prosecutors told VICE News. His longstanding confrontation with the U.S. government now appears destined to play out in courtrooms in London and Alexandria, Virginia.

“Once the Justice Department gets him over here, they have a lot more leverage over Mr. Assange — and the tables are turned,” said Renato Mariotti, a former U.S. prosecutor based in Chicago. “You don’t need to be a legal analyst to see why the Justice Department would probably like to charge him with all sorts of things.”

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Brazil’s Drug Gangs Are Prepared To Go To War Over Bolsonaro’s Gun Crackdown (HBO)

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, signed a temporary decree on Tuesday fulfilling a campaign promise to tackle the country’s epidemic of violence by making it easier for Brazilians to buy guns.

“I signed this decree, created by many upstanding people, so that at this first moment, upstanding citizens can have peace inside their homes,” Bolsonaro said at the signing ceremomy in the country’s capital, Brasília.

Bolsonaro, a conservative former Army captain, was sworn in as president on Jan. 1 after sweeping to power last year on a hard-line law-and-order platform, pledging to reduce the countrys record murder rate and booming trade in illegal drugs that fuels it.

On the main highway leading into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Federal Highway Patrol or PRF say they’re confiscating record numbers of illegal guns and drugs. The officers patrolling the road seized 18 tons of drugs last year — a more than 300-percent increase from the year before.

“It’s a traditional route for drug traffickers – not just for drugs, but also heavy arms,” Alcino Galvao da Silva, Unit Leader of the Federal Highway Patrol, told VICE News. “Machine guns, bullets, marijuana, and cocaine… It has grown quite a bit, especially in Rio de Janeiro.”

“Johnny,” as he asked VICE News to call him, has been dealing drugs for the Third Command drug gang since he was 16 years-old. Now at 28 he manages all the drugs corners in the neighborhood and isn’t afraid to defend them by force.

“I can tell you that today I’ve got 35 homicides,” “Johnny” told VICE News. “Fear? We don’t have fear. That’s what we’re here for. To kill and die. We’ll die, but die fighting. It’s our war motto: Die fighting.”

Bolsonaros plan to “give guns to good people,” and ramp up the military’s role by giving security forces more power to shoot and kill armed criminals isn’t getting the drug gangs to drop their guns. Third Command says their stockpilling weapons of war.

“He’s going to take the world into an urban war,” “Johnny” told VICE News. “Instead of us killing the Red Command we’re going to go after the guy who is in the police who listened to one of Bolsonaro’s orders.”

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US Army Pilot Tests ALIAS’ Autonomy Capabilities in Demonstration Flight

During an hour-long flight demonstration with DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky, an Army pilot tested the autonomous capabilities of DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS), conducting a series of realistic missions, including aircrew tasks such as low-level terrain flight, confined area takeoffs and landings, landing zone selection, trajectory planning, and wire-obstacle avoidance. The demonstration took place at Fort Eustis, Virginia, October 2018.


Trump bestows Medal of Honor on former Army medic

(1 Oct 2018) US President Donald Trump presented the Congressional Medal of Honor Monday to a former Army Special Forces medic who served in Afghanistan. (Oct. 1)

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Mosaic Warfare and Multi-Domain Battle

The U.S. military is beginning to recognize the value of distributed, joint, multi-domain warfighting capability. In the Mosaic Warfare and Multi-Domain Battle keynote and panel session at DARPA’s 60th anniversary symposium, D60, Dr. Timothy Grayson, director of DARPA’s Strategic Technologies Office, explains the concept of mosaic warfare and its path to implementation.

Panelists including senior Army, Navy, and Air Force flag offers provide critical perspectives on the potential game-changing benefits and daunting challenges of mosaic warfare.

Dr. Timothy Grayson – DARPA, STO

Dr. Dan Patt – Vecna Robotics

Gen Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, USAF Retired – National Defense Industrial Association
ADM Scott Swift – USN Retired
Gen David Perkins – USA Retired

D60 took place Sept. 5-7, 2018, at Gaylord National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Mexican Army locates clandestine crystal meth lab

Mexican Army locates a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory near La Rumorosa town in Tecate, Baja California state, Mexico. According to the Army, the lab can produce up to 200 kilograms of crystal meth daily. On the same operation, the Army also destroys two marijuana plantations with a total surface area of 19,000 square meters.

President Trump Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor

US President Donald Trump is presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to Garlin Conner, a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, for conspicuous gallantry during World War II. (June 26)

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