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How to report bitcoin transactions depends on how they are classified.

Here is some TurboTax guidance to help you decide where to report transactions:

It depends on how those currencies were held and used. Based on that, the IRS determines whether to treat the currency as income or property.

Bitcoin used to pay for goods and services is taxed as income:

Bitcoin held as capital assets is taxed as property:

If you hold Bitcoin as a capital asset, you must treat it as property for tax purposes. General tax principles applicable to property transactions apply. In other words, just like stocks or bonds, any gain or loss from the sale or exchange of the asset is taxed as a capital gain or loss. Otherwise, the investor realizes ordinary gain or loss on an exchange.

Bitcoin received as incomeand then held and sold for profitis taxed as both:

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Yes. The IRS is taking cryptocurrency very seriously, to the extent that they took the digital currency exchange Coinbase to court to obtain user records and now have a contract with digital forensics company Chainalysis to help track cryptocurrency transactions.

Note: Many people have been unsure of how to treat Bitcoin, so you may have recorded earnings incorrectly on prior returns. If you need to amend a previous return, follow these steps. (We also have a video that shows you how.)

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How do I report Cryptocurrency Mining income? – TurboTax …

You have two different income streams to consider.

When you mine the coins, you have income on the day the coin is “created” in your account at that day’s exchange value. You can report the income as a hobby or as self-employment. If you report as a hobby, you include the value of the coins as “other income” on line 21 of form 1040. Your ability to deduct any expenses is limited — expenses are itemized deductions subject to the 2% rule.

If you report as self-employment income (you are doing “work” with the intent of earning a profit) then you report the income on schedule C. You can fully deduct your expenses (if you can prove them) (see later). The net profit is subject to income tax and self-employment tax.

Your second income stream comes when you actually sell the coins to someone else for dollars or other currency. Then you have a capital gain (if they were worth more when you sold them than when you mined them) or you have a capital loss (if they are worth less when you sell them). And the gain or loss will be taxed differently if it is a short term gain (you held it one year or less) or long term (more than one year). You will need to keep track of each coin you create (date, value) and when you sell it (date and value).

And of course, if you immediately sell the coin for cash, then you only have income from the creation, you don’t also have a capital gain or loss.

Now, as far as expenses are concerned, if you are doing this as a schedule C business, you can take an expense deduction for computer equipment you buy (as depreciation, subject to all the rules) and your other expenses (mainly electricity, maybe a home office). But you need to be able to prove those expenses, such as with a separate electric meter or at least having your computer equipment plugged into a portable electric meter so you can tell how much of your electric bill was used in your business. Unless your expenses are very high, they won’t offset the extra self-employment tax, so you will probably pay less tax if you report the income as hobby income and forget about the expenses. (On the other hand, if you report it as self-employment and pay SE tax, that adds to your credits in the social security system which may allow you to qualify for a higher retirement benefit. Having self-employment income on schedule C also allow you to claim some tax deductions like an IRA that you can’t claim if all your income is hobby or “other” income. So there may be benefits to paying SE tax in the long run.)

If you earn more than a couple thousand dollars per year you will need to think about making estimated tax payments as well.

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RNC condemns NSA spying in huge turnaround | MSNBC

In a jarring break from the George W. Bush era, the Republican National Committee voted Friday to adopt a resolution demanding an investigation into the National Security Agencys spy programs.

According to the resolution, the NSA metadata program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is deemed an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In addition, the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Titled a Resolution To Renounce The National Security Agencys Surveillance Program, it waspassed by a voice vote as part of a package of RNC proposals. Not a single member rose to object or call for further debate, as occurred for other resolutions.

Nevada Committeewoman Diana Orrock told msnbc over the phone that she introduced the resolution at the RNCs summer meeting, but she wasnt able to attract the necessary co-sponsors to advance it until now. The only major change she says she made to secure support was to drop the word unconstitutional from the title.

I have to thank Edward Snowden for bringing forth the blatant trampling of our First and Fourth Amendment rights in the guise of security, she said. Something had to be said. Something had to be done.

This is, to put it mildly, a new position for the Republican National Committee. When the New York Times revealed that the NSA had wiretapped American citizens without warrants in late 2005, the RNC used their 2006 winter meeting to strongly defend the programs national security value.

Do Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean really think that when the NSA is listening in on terrorists planning attacks on America, they need to hang up when those terrorists dial their sleeper cells inside the United States? Ken Mehlman, then RNC chair, told the RNC gathering in his keynote speech at the time.

This time around, per Orrocks resolution, the RNC is declaring that unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society and this program represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy and goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act.

The RNCs tidal shift reflects the reality that mass surveillance looks a lot more benign when your own partys leader is in charge of the operation. But the resolution also is a sign of the increasing influence of the libertarian wing of the party, especially supporters of Ron Paul and his son, Rand Paul, who have made government overreach in pursuit of terrorists a top issue. Both Orrock and fellow Nevada Committeeman James Smack, who presented the resolution on her behalf, supported the elder Pauls presidential campaign.

I think it probably does reflect the views of many of the people who really want to turn out the vote and who are viewing the world through the prism of the next election, Stewart Baker, a former Bush-era Homeland Security official, told msnbc in an email. Its a widespread view among Republicans, but I think the ones that know this institution best and for whom national security is a high priority dont share this view.

The resolution somewhat mangles the legal debate over NSA surveillance. The PRISM program mentioned by the RNC is tasked with monitoring foreign targets or conversations where only one of the parties is in the United States. Americans communications are sometimes collected incidentally and lawmakers have accused the agency of overreaching. But the mass acquisition of Americans call details in the resolution appears to refer to the NSAs metadata collection, which is distinct from PRISM. The two programs derive their authority from different laws.

While the details are off, the overall critique is about as pointed as it gets.

There appears to be very little daylight between the RNC and progressive challengers of the phone records program, such as the ACLU, Stephen Vladeck, a professor of law at American University, told msnbc in an e-mail.

The full text of the resolution is below:

RESOLUTION TO RENOUNCE THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCYS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the secret surveillance program called PRISM targets, among other things, the surveillance of communications of U.S. citizens on a vast scale and monitors searching habits of virtually every American on the internet;

WHEREAS, this dragnet program is, as far as we know, the largest surveillance effort ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens, consisting of the mass acquisition of Americans call details encompassing all wireless and landline subscribers of the countrys three largest phone companies*;

WHEREAS, every time an American citizen makes a phone call, the NSA gets a record of the location, the number called, the time of the call and the length of the conversation; all of which are an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution;

WHEREAS, the mass collection and retention of personal data is in itself contrary to the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, that warrants shall issue only upon probable cause, and generally prevents the American government from issuing modern-day writs of assistance;

WHEREAS, unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society and this program represents a gross infringement of the freedom of association and the right to privacy and goes far beyond even the permissive limits set by the Patriot Act; and

WHEREAS, Republican House Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, an author of the Patriot Act and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee at the time of Section 215s passage, called the Section 215 surveillance program an abuse of that law, writing that, based on the scope of the released order, both the administration and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court are relying on an unbounded interpretation of the act that Congress never intended; therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican lawmakers to enact legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make it clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity, phone records and correspondence electronic, physical, and otherwise – of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee encourages Republican law makers to call for a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying and the committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance as well as hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance; and

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee calls upon Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSAs data collection programs.

*AT&T has 107.3 million wireless customers and 31.2 million landline customers.Verizon has 98.9 million wireless customers and 22.2 million landline customers while Sprint has 55 million customers in total.

Adam Serwer contributed reporting.

Correction: An earlier version misattributed a partial quote to Stephen Vladeck. It has since been corrected. MSNBC regrets the error.

All In with Chris Hayes, 1/23/14, 9:35 PM ET

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Julian Assange loses Internet access – The Washington Post

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his Internet access at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on March 27. Assange has been living in the embassy for nearly six years. (Patrick Martin/The Washington Post)

LONDON Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been barred from using the Internet at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for nearly six years, the Ecuadoran government announced.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ecuador said it suspended Assanges ability to communicate with the outside world because he violated an agreement he signed with his hosts at the end of 2017 not to use his communiques to interfere in the affairs of other states. It was not immediately clear whether visitors would also be stopped.

The Ecuador government warns that the conduct of Assange via his messages on social media puts at risk the good relations that Ecuador maintains with the United Kingdom, the European Union and other nations, the statement said.

Ecuador did not cite any examples of this alleged breach.

Assange strongly supported separatist leaders inSpains Catalonia region whosought to secede last year. The head of that movement,Carles Puigdemont, the former regional president of Catalonia, was arrested over the weekend in Germany. Spanish authorities seek his extradition and return to Madrid, where he faces possible charges of treason and misuse of public funds.

Assange recently tweeted a stream of commentary about Facebooks data breach, President Trumps choice of John Bolton to serve as national security adviser, andallegations that Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi helped finance Frenchpolitician Nicolas Sarkozyssuccessful 2007 presidential election campaign.

[German hacker offers rare look inside Julian Assanges secretive world]

Sources close to Assange revealed that the document he signed does not specifically address his tweeting and advocacy. Instead, Assange agreed to comply withArticle 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, which states:

The premises of the mission must not be used in any manner incompatible with the functions of the mission as laid down in the present Convention or by other rules of general international law or by any special agreements in force between the sending and the receiving State.

A WikiLeaks source, who declined to be named because communications with Assange have been cut off, said Assange signed the document when Ecuador was considering making him a diplomat, with all the protections that would imply. Such a move was not taken.

Instead, Wikileaks supporters say Assange sought refuge as a free-speech advocate who now finds his speech muzzled.

Assange, however, specifically sought refuge at the EcuadoranEmbassy, located in one of Londons most exclusive neighborhoods, in 2012to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning about alleged sex crimes.Assange has denied the allegations.Swedish authorities have sinceshelved their investigation on grounds they could not get access to him.

Earlier this year, Assange lost two legal bids to quash a British arrest warrant issued after he skipped bail and fled to the embassy.

Assangehas expressed fears that if he leaves the embassy, he will be arrested and extradited to the United States for questioning over WikiLeakss role in publishing a trove of classified U.S.documents.

Assange was granted Ecuadoran citizenship late last year, and the government said it has protected him. In its communique Wednesday, the South American nation seemed to be saying enough was enough.

[Ecuador grants Assange citizenship in bid to end London embassy standoff]

Yanis Varoufakis, a former Greek minister, and Brian Eno, a British musician and record producer, saidthey had great concern when they heardAssange has lost access to the Internet and reportedly was no longer allowed to receive visitors.

Only extraordinary pressure from the U.S. and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuadors authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian, they wrote in astatement.

This is not the first time his hosts have cut off his access to the Internet. In October 2016, the embassy temporarily denied Assange Internet access out of concern WikiLeaks was interfering in the U.S. presidential election. In the summer of 2016, the anti-secrecy site published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

[Assange: WikiLeaks has same the mission as The Post and Times]

The Ecuadoran government saidit cut off Assanges Internet on Tuesday.

In hislatest tweets, posted Tuesday, Assange responded toan insult by Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan.In a debate in Parliament, Duncan called Assange a miserable little worm who should hand himself over to British authorities to face justice.

Assange tweeted in response: As a political prisoner detained without charge for 8 years, in violation of 2 UN rulings, I suppose I must be miserable; yet nothing wrong with being a little person although I’m rather tall; and better a worm, a healthy creature that invigorates the soil, than a snake.

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Ecuador has cut Julian Assanges communications with the outside world from its London embassy, where the founder of the whistleblowing WikiLeaks website has been living for nearly six years.

The Ecuadorian government said in statement that it had acted because Assange had breached a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states.

It said Assanges recent behaviour on social media put at risk the good relations [Ecuador] maintains with the United Kingdom, with the other states of the European Union, and with other nations.

The move came after Assange tweeted on Monday challenging Britains accusation that Russia was responsible for the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury earlier this month.

The WikiLeaks founder also questioned the decision by the UK and more than 20 other countries to retaliate against the poisoning by expelling Russian diplomats deemed spies.

Assange has lived in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes he denies. Sweden has dropped the case but Assange remains subject to arrest in the UK for jumping bail and fears he will be extradited to the US for questioning about WikiLeaks activities if he leaves the embassy building.

Ecuador previously cut Assanges internet access in the embassy in October 2016 over fears he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election following Wikileaks publication of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clintons campaign adviser, John Podesta.

In May 2017 the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, again asked Assange to refrain from commenting on Spains dispute with the separatist region of Catalonia. Assange had tweeted that Madrid was guilty of repression.

As part of a subsequent agreement between Assange and the Ecuadorian government, he is not permitted to send any messages that could interfere with Ecuadors relations with other countries.

Assange sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012 following a series of legal challenges through British courts to a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden. He is technically free to leave but says he cannot because he is in breach of a warrant that was granted to extradite him to Sweden, and faces arrest. Assange has not at any point been charged with an offence under Swedish law but was sought for questioning over complaints of sexual assault by two women in 2010. Assange had raised concerns about Swedish demands that he be questioned in person,fearing extradition to the US.

Assanges comments on the nerve agent attack on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia prompted the British foreign office minister Alan Duncan to call him a miserable little worm during a Commons debate on Tuesday. Duncan said he should leave the embassy and surrender to British justice.

Assange replied: Britain should come clean on whether it intends to extradite me to the United States for publishing the truth and cease its ongoing violation of the UN rulings in this matter.

If it does this disgraceful impasse can be resolved tomorrow. I have already fully served any theoretical (I havent been charged) bail violation whilst in prison and under house arrest. So why is there a warrant for my arrest?

The former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and the music producer Brian Eno said in a statement they had heard with great concern about Assanges lost internet access.

Only extraordinary pressure from the US and the Spanish governments can explain why Ecuadors authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian, they pair said, adding Assange had only recently been granted citizenship.

Clearly, Ecuadors government has been subjected to bullying over its decision to grant Julian asylum, support and ultimately, diplomatic status.

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QUITO, Ecuador Ecuador’s government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s communications outside the nation’s London embassy.

Officials announced Wednesday they were taking the measure in response to Assange’s recent activity on social media.

As part of an agreement between Assange and the Ecuadorean government, he is not permitted to send any messages that could interfere with the South American nation’s relations with other countries.

Assange has been living in Ecuador’s embassy for more than five years.

Ecuador gave Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange remains subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

Though protected by Ecuador, the relationship between Assange and nation’s leaders has at times been strained. Ecuador has repeatedly urged Assange not to interfere in the affairs of other countries following his frequent online comments on international issues.

The biggest crisis came in October 2016, when the embassy cut his internet service after WikiLeaks published a trove of emails from then-U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

He was also a point of contention in Ecuador’s 2017 presidential election when Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso pledged to evict the Australian within 30 days of taking office, while current President Lenin Moreno said he would allow him to stay. Assange later taunted after Lasso’s loss that he would “cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days.”

Moreno issued a warning reminding Assange not to meddle in politics he has also called Assange a hacker.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to supporters outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in self-imposed exile since 2012. Frank Augstein/AP hide caption

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to supporters outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in self-imposed exile since 2012.

The government of Ecuador has cut off the Internet connection for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside its London embassy, saying that he was jeopardizing its relationships with other countries through his posts on social media.

Assange has been living in the embassy there since 2012, when he took refuge because of allegations from Sweden of sex crimes, including rape. He has feared that if he appeared in Sweden he would face extradition to the U.S., where he could be put on trial for the WikiLeaks leak of a massive trove of documents.

Last year, Sweden announced that it was dropping the rape investigation. But Assange is not in the clear, as NPR’s Colin Dwyer reported, because there is still an outstanding arrest warrant for him in the U.K. for “failing to surrender in court.” A judge upheld that warrant last month.

The source of Ecuador’s recent concern appears to be a series of tweets in which Assange suggested that only “circumstantial” evidence suggests Russia is behind the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K. earlier this month. That attack prompted the U.K., the U.S. and more than a dozen European nations to expel Russian officials from their countries.

In a statement, Ecuador said that Assange violated a written contract with its government in late 2017, “for which he’s obligated not to issue messages that would interfere with relationships with other nations.”

It added that through his social media posts, Assange was putting in danger the “good relations that the country maintains with the United Kingdom, with the rest of the European Union and with other nations.”

That prompted Ecuador on Tuesday to interrupt Assange’s “external connections,” adding that there are other potential measures it could take.

It was clear that Assange’s comments angered British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan, who described him as a “miserable little worm” during a debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

This is not the first time Ecuador has taken steps to limit Assange’s Internet. In October 2016, Ecuador said it was temporarily restricting Assange’s access in response to leaks of documents that it says impacted the vote. It added that the change “does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.”

At the time, WikiLeaks accused Ecuador of acting under pressure from the U.S. State Department, as NPR’s Barbara Campbell reported. State Department spokesman John Kirby denied that claim.

In May 2017, as the BBC reported, “Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno asked Mr Assange to refrain from expressing his public support for the independence campaign in Spain’s Catalonia region after he tweeted that Madrid was guilty of ‘repression’.”

Moreno appears less keen on Assange than does former President Rafael Correa, the leader who initially granted him asylum. According to the AP, Correa “hailed Assange’s work, but the nation’s current head of state has called him a hacker and warned him not to meddle in politics.”

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Ecuador has cut off Julian Assange’s internet connection in its London embassy and Wikileaks says it’s because of a tweet he sent.

The 46-year-old founder of the publishing platform and anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has lived in the embassy in Knightsbridge, London since 2012, when he took refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape allegation, which he denies.

Assange maintains that if he were to go to Sweden to answer questions about the allegations against him, he would then be extradited to the US because of his political activities with WikiLeaks.

Last year, Sweden dropped its investigation into the rape allegation but Assange could still be arrested and charged with breaching the terms of his UK bail if he were to set foot outside the embassy.

Assange’s active use of Twitter played a part in the Ecuadorian government’s decision to cut off his internet connection. In a statement, the government said it acted to remove Assange’s ability to communicate with the outside world because it was concerned that his posts risked damaging Ecuador’s relationship with the UK and the European Union.

Meanwhile, the official Wikileaks account said on Twitter that Assange was not able to make phone calls, receive visitors, speak to the press, or send tweets, and that Ecuador was demanding he delete a tweet about the arrest of Catalan politican Carles Puigdemont.

WikiLeaks is fiercely controversial and has repeatedly drawn the ire of the US government for its release of classified documents, including internal memos from US embassies and agencies and, in one case, a video known as “Collateral Murder” showing a US helicopter firing on journalists in Iraq.

In the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, WikiLeaks released emails and documents taken from the Democratic Party, dominating the news cycle with headlines unfavorable to the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The US government has said the documents were stolen by Russian hackers and released to undermine faith in the election and destabilize Clinton’s candidacy.

Assange’s five years of self-imposed captivity have not been easy. WikiLeaks says he has had health problems but has not left to seek treatment for fear of being arrested. His relationship with his Ecuadorian hosts has also been at times strained. Leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed in 2015 detailed apparent concerns about his psychological health and included photos of a bookcase strewn across his room in 2013.

Ecuador has cut off Assange’s internet before. In 2016, it temporarily deactivated his access over concerns that WikiLeaks’ releases were interfering in the US presidential election.

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Chelsea Manning: We Need to Stop This ‘Death Machine of Power …

Chelsea Manning wants to change America. On Tuesday, the freed whistleblower appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss her plan with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

The appearance was Mannings first live television interview since President Barack Obama pardoned her in 2017. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 after leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 while serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq. The leaked materialsthe largest classified data dump in United States historyincluded documents related to the Iraq War, the U.S. war in Afghanistan and diplomatic cables.

During her conversation with Goodman and Gonzalez, Manning discussed Iraq, dismantling the prison system, transgender rights, her run for a Senate seat and other topics.

Manning is running as a Democrat in the November elections, challenging senior Democrat Ben Cardin for his seat in Maryland. She explained her decision to run for political office:

You know, it wasI thought I was done. I thought, OK, like I can go home now. But I dont feel like its thisI mean, in this environment, in this place, this time that were in is what I feared when Ibecause I saw, you know, and I realized its expanded more and more, that its not just the military, its not just the intelligence community. Its notits police. Its the justice system. Its immigration. Like all these systems are overlapping, and theyre suffocating people, deliberately and methodically, over decades. And this has been a continuingyou know, like people have been building this whirling death machine of power for decades now.

And you can focus in on a particular war or a particular moment or a particular controversy, but its the overwhelming awe of the giganticness of this system that has driven me to try to fight back. And we need to startyou know, like we dont need to fix these systems, we need to stop them. We need to push back on them, whether its immigration or whether its the military or whether its the intelligence apparatus, because theyre all a part of the same system. And people are suffering. And we cant wait. We cant wait anymore. We cant wait for change.

Watch the full Democracy Now! interview with Manning in the videos below.

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