Congressman Criticizes ‘Selective Prosecution’ of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Calls for Pardon

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 3:07 pm

On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.” Kiriakou was the first member of [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Was Marked Dangerous After BOP Categorized His Crime as ‘Espionage-Related’

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 11:34 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, has written a letter describing how he was given a special designation marking him dangerous. This led to him not being sent to a minimum security camp, and he reveals he was [...]

A Year Since Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Was Convicted

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 11:23 am

United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was convicted of offenses related to her disclosures to WikiLeaks one year ago. In this time, Manning’s case has become a clear example to future whistleblowers of what the US government will do to military officers or federal government employees, who follow their conscience. And her case seems to [...]

How President Bill Clinton Prepared to Justify Criminalizing All Leaks of Information

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 11:01 am

When President Bill Clinton vetoed anti-leaks provision in 2000 that would have made nearly all unauthorized disclosures of information by officials a felony, he warned of a “serious risk that this legislation” would have “a chilling effect on those who engage in legitimate activities.” But a draft signing statement released by the Clinton Library this [...]

Reworded Policy for Intelligence Employees Citing Leaks Doesn’t Change Its Anti-Democratic Nature

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 10:47 am

It was reported on May 8 that the Office of Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, had issued a directive barring past and current personnel from citing or talking about “known leaks.” The directive was apparently not defensible when subjected to transparency. ODNI’s Public Affairs Office sent around a workforce memo that sought [...]

Clapper Clamps Down on Intelligence Employees Who Talk to the Press, Develops System for ‘Authorized Leaks’

By: Monday April 21, 2014 8:52 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive that prohibits all employees of the intelligence community from speaking to the press. Signed on March 20, it establishes a policy on “contact with the media,” which leadership in intelligence agencies believe will “ensure a consistent approach for addressing media engagement across the intelligence community [...]

Chelsea Manning to Take a More Active Role in Her Case During Appeal

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 9:55 am

During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court. But according to Emma Cape, a lead organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Manning will be taking a “somewhat more active role” in the case during appeal. Cape, along with Manning’s new lawyers and whistleblowers [...]

Chelsea Manning’s New Lawyers Will Challenge ‘Frightening’ Espionage Act Charges on Appeal

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:01 am

At an event at Georgetown Law Center last night, Chelsea Manning’s new lawyers provided a preview of what they expect to happen during the appeals process in her military case. Nancy Hollander, a defense attorney who has defended various individuals accused of terrorism or national security offenses, and Vincent Ward, a former JAG lawyer with [...]

Stephen Kim, the Espionage Act & the Country’s ‘Broken’ & ‘Unfair’ System for Prosecuting ‘Leaks’

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 10:18 am

Former State Department employee Stephen Kim is the second person, who leaked information to a reporter, to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act. And, on Wednesday, he became the third person under President Barack Obama to be sentenced to prison for the “unauthorized disclosure of national defense information”—violating the World War I-era law intended [...]

Obama’s Hawkish Policy on Leaks Was Adopted to Make an Example Out of Someone

By: Sunday July 21, 2013 12:18 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration has developed a reputation for aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers or individuals responsible for national security leaks. The policy adopted by the administration was influenced by former director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, who requested a “tally of the number of government officials or employees who had been prosecuted for leaking national security [...]

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