a first at Dachau: Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to visit the World War II Nazi death camp Dachau, as part of her campaign to warn about the threat posed by the extreme right in Europe. She placed a wreath at the camp’s memorial before visiting its museum and meeting with survivors. “This is a significant moment for me,” Merkel said. “The memory of these events fill me with deep sadness and shame.” Dachau was opened in March 1933, shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power, to house opponents and later those it wanted to rid Germany of, such as Jews, gays and gypsies. More than 200,000 people were imprisoned at Dachau and an estimated 41,500 people died there. The camp was liberated by U.S. troops in April 1945.
Manning to be sentenced today, judge says
Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced Wednesday for providing more than 700,000 secret government documents to WikiLeaks, the largest leak of confidential materials in American history, Col. Denise Lind announced. Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison, although he will be credited for the three and a half years he has already spent in custody. There is no minimum sentence. Lind convicted him in July of most of the charges, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. The sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the hearing is expected to be brief. Lind will announce the full sentence, but will not break down the sentence by charge or explain her reasoning. Manning will not make a statement, the expert said. Most likely, he must serve a third of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole, the legal expert said.
Enron task force leader eyed for Justice job
Leslie Caldwell, former head of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force, has emerged as the lead candidate to become the department’s criminal chief, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Caldwell, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, is in the final stages of the vetting process, they said. They said Caldwell may be offered the job as soon as next month.
Prosecution rests case in Fort Hood trial
Military prosecutors rested their case against the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. After calling nearly 90 witnesses in 11 days, prosecutors said they had completed their case during Maj. Nidal Hasan’s trial. Hasan also is accused of wounding more than 30 people at the Texas Army post during the attack, which was the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base. Hasan could begin his defense Wednesday — but whether he will seize the opportunity remains to be seen. Hasan is acting as his own defense attorney, but he questioned only three of prosecutors’ witnesses and has raised few objections.
Musharraf indicted in Bhutto assassination
In an unprecedented ruling that tests the military’s aura of inviolability, a court indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges stemming from the 2007 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf, who became a key U.S. ally after 9/11, pleaded not guilty. The decision marked the first time a current or former army chief has been charged with a crime in the in the country. Musharraf, 70, a former commando who took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down in disgrace nearly a decade later, was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation for murder.
Envoy predicts ‘dramatic decisions’ in talks
Israel will make “dramatic decisions” to reach a final peace agreement that will end the conflict with the Palestinians, Israel’s chief negotiator said while warning that hawks inside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition are making her job more difficult. Tzipi Livni’s remarks came as a senior Palestinian official said that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for their second round of peace talks. Talks collapsed in 2008 and remained stalled until now, mainly over the issue of Israeli settlement construction in territory the Palestinians demand for their future state. Livni said that hawkish parties are making the talks more difficult because of their opposition to establishment of a Palestinian state, the centerpiece of any peace deal.