Edward Snowden gave away state secrets because he believed the public should know what the American government does in its name. Due to the privatisation of intelligence services, there are many more people out there with sensitive data who could be persuaded to part with it by nothing more than a smile from a pretty face or one too many pints of beer.
Male-to-female transgender people may be seeking the most rugged, stereotypically male profession or job they can ﬁnd. Driven by these psychological impulses, transgender people not only become career military ofﬁcers, but experts report that they also frequently request the toughest most dangerous missions they can ﬁnd, because of this deep need to exaggerate the hyper-masculine gender role...
One thing has been made abundantly clear by events over the last week: the real threat to press freedom in Britain stems not from any statutory regulation of the press - against which editors have waged a sustained and indignant campaign over the last year. It stems rather from the application and abuse of existing legislation and norms.
Chelsea Manning should have her crushing 35-year sentence commuted by President Obama to the three-and-a-quarter years she's already spent behind bars awaiting trial and sentence... What purpose is there in further punishing a woman who has, when all's said and done, helped publicise deeply troubling incidents.
We need to have a society where more credit is given to those who, because of their inside knowledge of organisational wrong-doing, chose to expose the truth. Unless this happens, the sort of scandals in the seen in the NHS, finance and banking and politics in terms of false expenses, to name but a few, will continue with monotonous regularity.
The revelations have shaken trust between the two traditional partners at a time when collaboration is more important than ever. Not only is a historic free-trade agreement at stake, but the two regions also need to work closely together on issues such as terrorism, the environment and promoting human rights and free trade.
Democracy is not a product. It is not a slickly-oiled advertising campaign. And it certainly does not have the advantages of combat with precise objectives and unquestioned orders. It is messy, hugely bureaucratic, mind-numbingly slow, and the only way we know to ensure that most people can mostly be free most of the time.