Chelsea Manning Says She’ll Never Testify, Seeks Release

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said in a new legal motion that she will never testify to a grand jury in Virginia investigating the website Wikileaks, and it therefore makes no sense to continue to keep her in jail for refusing to do so. Manning has been jailed in Alexandria for two months for refusing to testify to the sitting grand jury. She appealed her incarceration to the federal appeals court in Richmond, but a three-judge panel unanimously rejected her appeal last month. Now, in a motion filed Monday in Alexandria, Manning argues she has proven she’ll stick to her principles and should therefore be released. (AP)

Read Full Article

Ransomware attack on Baltimore government computers forces city 'to revert back to manual'

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said all city employees were at work Wednesday as IT teams tried to recover from a ransomware attack, but that “everything that we're doing, we have to just have to revert back to manual.” Young appeared with city IT director Frank Johnson to brief reporters on the hack, but they shared no new information about its severity or how long it would take the city to recover. They offered few details, citing an ongoing investigation by the FBI. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore nonprofit tied to ex-Mayor Pugh claimed notable board members who deny they ever held such positions

The job-training nonprofit connected to a federal investigation of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has reported to Maryland regulators that three prominent city residents — a state senator, a former Colts running back and a well-known attorney — have served on its board of directors, which Pugh chaired for a decade. But all three have told The Baltimore Sun they are not — and never have been — board members for the Maryland Center for Adult Training. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

FBI investigating ransomware attack on Baltimore City Hall

Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young reassured Baltimore residents Wednesday that the city's emergency systems are operating normally even as it combats a ransomware attack on its computer network. FBI agents are investigating the cyber breach, which was first discovered Tuesday morning, and the city's IT department is working to fix the problem with "some outside help," Young said. Director of the IT department, Frank Johnson, confirmed that the city's computers were infected with a "very aggressive" form of ransomware called "RobinHood," which locks up or holds city files for ransom until money is paid to the hackers responsible for the malware. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article

Gender Inclusive, Single Occupancy Restrooms To Be Focus Of Baltimore City Council Hearing

A bill that would require all single-occupancy restrooms in the City of Baltimore to be gender-inclusive is the focus of an Education and Youth Committee hearing with the Baltimore City Council on Thursday. “This is about creating a more welcoming, inclusive city in our public accommodations, particularly for our trans community, our gender non-binary community—folks who would not feel welcome in a restroom labeled either ‘male’ or ‘female,'” said Councilmember Cohen (District 1), who sponsored the bill. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Md. poll shows Baltimore’s scandal-weary voters ready for change

A new survey of likely voters in Baltimore’s next mayoral primary, conducted a day before former Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned, shows that 63% were ready to see her leave office. Results also show that when it comes time to find a replacement in the upcoming election, the contest is “wide open.” (WTOP)

Read Full Article

More than 400 former prosecutors believe Trump would face obstruction charges if he weren’t president

A growing list of bipartisan former prosecutors insists that if Donald Trump weren’t president, he would be going to trial for obstruction of justice. “Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice,” said a statement signed by 375 prosecutors, which was compiled by Protect Democracy. (NY Daily)

Read Full Article

Baltimore Councilman Bill Henry to run for city comptroller

Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry is planning to run in 2020 for comptroller, a citywide office that handles audits and sits on the spending approval board. Henry, a Democrat, was first elected to represent the 4th District in North and Northeast Baltimore in 2007. “I look forward in the coming days and weeks to laying out a more accountable and transparent vision for how our city government can better serve the people, including through reforms and priorities I intend to pursue as the next Baltimore city comptroller,” Henry said Tuesday in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article