Exclusive contracts are not very common in Europe, at least not in my experience. But perhaps I shop more wisely than others...
I think that you might be missing the point....
Bradley Manning might have committed a crime, but Wikileaks hasn't. Bradley Manning stands accused, but is innocent until proven guilty. If it is all so obvious to the US government, why haven't they put him on trial yet? What they are currently doing is certainly inhumane treatment which isn't justified until at least he has had his day in court.
China is citing the US treatment of Wikileaks and JA, although thank you for bringing Manning into the equation. Yet another fine example of the US doing the opposite of what they often tell other countries should be done.
That smart-ass bomb threat going to get them classified as a "terrorist group."
And perhaps that is exactly what is hoped for, precisely as you have suggested. Foreign governments (i.e. non-US) might not put much effort into tracking down someone who 'might' be remotely linked to someone else who 'might' have been involved in a DDos, but they would have a hard time resisting US pressure to help catch the 'terrorists' who are threatening to use bombs.
I'm not suggesting that this is necessarily the reason behind the claims, and I don't think that my tinfoil hat is too tight, but it wouldn't be the first time that a Government has 'manufactured' evidence or made false claims in order to garner public support for what would otherwise be an unpopular action.
"...being an Islamic extremist."
I'm not sure if I've read this correctly, but I thought that they knew that he was a Muslim but not that he was an extremist. I'm not American but I don't think that it has yet been made illegal to follow any specific religion - nor should that ever be the case! An individual's religious beliefs has nothing to do with the State. Many of those close to him DID know that he held extremist views but, apparently, they did not take the necessary steps of raising the matter with anyone who could assess his suitability for either his post or for buying firearms. There were lots of mistakes made but I don't think that the FBI were to blame for them. It wasn't the case that the FBI 'had no problem' with the person that you describe - rather, they we not aware of the facts because nobody bothered to tell them.
Not being an American, I might have missed some critical reporting but that's how I recall it being reported here.
"Now go back to using your Windows: Linux Edition (sorry, I mean Ubuntu) and stop turning every thread you can into a baseless battle of the OSes."
Why have YOU turned this into a battle of OSes? There is nothing intrinsically wrong with Ubuntu. It might not be your distro of choice but for many thousands of people, it is exactly that. The fact that it is user friendly and works out-of-the-box makes it more popular but no less of an OS than whatever you might choose to use.
"Common carrier status"
As far as I know, there is no such thing in Europe - it is an American status, not one that is applicable worldwide.
Except that you don't 'accept' the EULA until it asks you to do so, which is usually at home after the purchase. So the OP was correct in saying that in the UK the EULA cannot be enforced - although this, to the best of my knowledge, has not been to court yet. The agreement with the seller is usually for a computer system. There is no requirement for you to formally accept the software that is installed. This applies not only to the OS, but also to all of the junk, er 'Value Added' items that are also stuffed on the hard drive.
He didn't say the EU - he said Europe. Norway remains a part of Europe regardless of whether it decides to join the EU or not.
One person's error is another person's data.