Thu, Aug 1, 2013 8:20 PM EDT 1:13
U.S. diplomats reacted with "horror and disbelief" when the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks began publishing classified information in 2010, a U.S. State Department official testified at the court-martial sentencing hearing for Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of the leaks. Standing before Ariel Castro, the man who kidnapped her and raped her for a decade, Michelle Knight described how the world had changed in the three months since they last saw each other. The captive, she said, was now free and the oppressor would be locked away forever to "die a little every day." For the first time in decades of criminal prosecution, a conviction against former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi finally stuck, leaving the media mogul with a four-year prison sentence for tax fraud with all of his appeals exhausted. But it's highly unlikely the man who long was Italy's most powerful politician will actually serve out the sentence behind bars.