US Government Grows Increasingly Frustrated with Judge Challenging State Secrets Claims in No Fly List Case

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 7:34 pm

In a case where a US citizen is alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was placed on the No Fly List, Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Justice Department claim a federal judge is not interpreting the state secrets privilege correctly. The judge denied a motion to dismiss in October of [...]

No, Supporters of Whistleblowers & Openness in Government Should Not Defend David Petraeus

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 6:12 pm

David Petraeus is not the next victim in President Barack Obama’s crackdown on whistleblowers. He is not someone that should be defended like previous leakers, who have been prosecuted aggressively and charged with violating the Espionage Act. People opposed to excessive secrecy by the United States government do not have an obligation to oppose prosecution [...]

After Relentless Pursuit Against Reporter James Risen, Justice Department Moves to Exclude from Leak Trial

By: Monday January 12, 2015 3:35 pm

The Justice Department has moved to exclude New York Times reporter James Risen as an “unavailable witness” at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of leaking classified information. The move comes after Sterling’s defense subpoenaed Risen and is the clearest sign yet that Risen has won his fight against the [...]

Attorney General Eric Holder to Decide Whether to Charge David Petraeus with Violating Espionage Act

By: Saturday January 10, 2015 11:40 am

Justice Department and FBI prosecutors have recommended felony charges against former CIA director David Petraeus for leaking classified information to his mistress for a biography she was writing about him. It is now up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether Petraeus should be charged and prosecuted for committing a crime, such as violating [...]

In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 2:34 pm

A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, has authorized a subpoena for New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to provide testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors would be able to ask if he had a “prior non-confidential reporter-source relationship” with Risen. The former CIA officer is alleged to [...]

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

By: Monday December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has ‘Agreement’ with Reporter James Risen

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 4:33 pm

(update below) Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case. The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and [...]

Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have urged the agency to adopt. Under a presidential policy directive President Barack Obama issued in October 2012, which applied to whistleblowers with [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

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