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Bradley Manning, Convicted WikiLeaks Leaker, Announces Plan To Live As A Woman

bardley manning 1Bradley Manning, the Army private who was sentenced this week to 35 years in prison for releasing restricted government documents to WikiLeaks, has announced that he would like to be known from here forward as Chelsea Manning, and intends to live as a woman.

In a statement, the former soldier said:

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The Simpsons' 500th Episode To Feature…WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange???

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Looks like we'll be seeing a lot of Mr. Assange in the near future!

Last week, we learned that controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is prepping to launch a talk show, which will revolve around "the world of tomorrow."

Now, we're hearing that Assange will guest star, as himself, on the upcoming 500th episode of The Simpsons, which airs on Feb. 19th!

Here's what Simpsons executive producer Al Jean had to say about this unlikely guest star:

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Guess Who's Getting His Own TV Show?

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The founder of the always controversial WikiLeaks, Julian Assange!

That's right! Get ready for controversy TV as the internet activist prepares to launch his first talk show that he says will revolve around the theme of "the world tomorrow."

Instead of actors, musicians, jilted exes or people with baby mamma drama, Assange plans on interviewing "iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders" about "their ideas on how to secure a brighter future."

A statement from WikiLeaks

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Tupac Is ALIVE…In New Zealand! LOLz!

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We always knew that if Tupac was still alive, he'd end up in New Zealand. Ha!

Okay, so Tupac's not ACTUALLY alive, but some hackers cracked PBS' website yesterday morning and posted a fake story about the late rapper on the PBS NewsHour section of the site.

Apparently, the group of hackers called LulzSec were upset about a recent Frontline program about WikiLeaks, and put up the Tupac story to get back at PBS.

Here's what Frontline executive producer David Fanning had to say about the program in question:

"From our point of view, we just see it as a disappointing and irresponsible act, especially since we have been very open to publishing criticism of the film…and the film included other points of view. This kind of action is irresponsible and chilling."

Guess these hackers have REALLY strong feelings about WikiLeaks!

Do U think a fake Tupac story was a good way for this hacker group to get back at PBS for their Frontline program???

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Steven Spielberg Working On WikiLeaks Film

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Wowsa! WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange must be going nuts over this news!

First, the website gets nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and NOW there's a movie about it in the works.

As source material for the film, Steven Spielberg has purchased the rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (published by Guardian Books). The book "details the life of Assange, the creation of the site in 2006 and the leaks of classified documents."

Here's what editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media Alan Rusbridger had to say about the project:

"It's Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne. Plus the odd moment of sheer farce and, in Julian Assange, a compelling character who goes beyond what any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare to invent."

Sounds like it could definitely be an interesting and controversial project. We're intrigued.

Would U like to see a film about WikiLeaks?

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Wow! WikiLeaks Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nom!

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This sounds like a delightfully controversial choice by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be excited to learn that his website has been given the tremendous honor of being nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

Here's what legislator Snorre Valen from Norway's Socialist Left Party had to say about his WikiLeaks nomination:

"I think it is important to raise a debate about freedom of expression and that truth is always the first casualty in war. WikiLeaks wants to make governments accountable for their actions and that contributes to peace."

Leading "Nobel-watcher" Kristian Harpsviken doesn't believe WikiLeaks will win the award. Here's what he had to say about it:

"The reason I think it's unlikely is that there has been so much criticism of WikiLeaks, not least how they have handled identification issues of people in the documents. I don't think it quite does the trick."

There certainly has been lots of controversy surrounding WikiLeaks. We were surprised to even see it get nominated!

It'd be making one hell of a statement against censorship if they win the prize.

Do U think WikiLeaks has a chance at winning the Nobel Peace Prize?

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Biopic Flick In The Works About WikiLeaks Founder

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It'll be like The Social Network, but with classified government information!

The life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been optioned for the big screen. The controversial man's biography, penned by Andrew Fowler, will be the basis of the project, even though the book itself isn't set to publish until later this year.

Still, producers see the makings of a riveting story and they are developing the flick to rival drama-thriller type movies like All The Presidents Men. Producer Barry Josephson is describing it as "this generation's suspenseful drama with global impact."

It will certainly get a lot of attention, no question about that. Get a real A-list celeb to step into the role of Assange and you've got the makings of an Oscar flick right there.

Any ideas on who they could get for the role?

P.S. - Word is HBO and Universal are also getting into gear to make flicks about him, though they haven't struck deals like this one. Be prepared to see him EVERYWHERE by the year's end!

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