Justice Department Confirms WikiLeaks Investigation Continues as Google Claims It Fought Gag Orders

By: Thursday January 29, 2015 1:19 pm

The spokesperson for Eastern District of Virginia has confirmed that the United States Justice Department’s investigation into WikiLeaks continues. The confirmation came when asked to comment on search warrants that were served against Google for data associated with three of the media organization’s staff members. And, in an interview for The Washington Post, a lawyer [...]

DEA’s Massive License Plate Tracking Program Spies on Millions of Americans, Helps Agents Seize Property

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 1:00 pm

The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. Heavily censored documents from the DEA show the “pilot” National [...]

Jury Convicts Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling of Leaking to Journalist & Violating Espionage Act

By: Monday January 26, 2015 5:29 pm

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling has been convicted by a jury in Alexandria, Virginia, of charges brought against him because the government argued he leaked classified information about a top secret CIA operation in Iran to New York Times reporter James Risen. Sterling’s case was the first case involving an alleged leak to the press [...]

Search Warrants Against WikiLeaks Staff: Justice Department, Google & US Media Silence Threaten Press Freedom

By: Sunday January 25, 2015 11:46 pm

The United States government served search warrants on Google in March 2012 and demanded that the company hand over data from WikiLeaks staff members for the purpose of an investigation into violations of the Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a larceny statute and a “conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the [...]

As Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty to Plotting Terrorism, More Questions About the FBI’s Sting Operation

By: Saturday January 24, 2015 9:20 am

A twenty year-old man in Ohio, who was the target of an FBI sting operation, pled not guilty to charges on January 22. He is accused of plotting an attack on the US Capitol and faces charges of “attempted killing of a government official,” “possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of [...]

At Sentencing, Journalist Barrett Brown Expresses Regrets & Condemns Criminalization of Journalists

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 12:09 pm

In a case which dragged on for well over two years, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a court in Dallas. The judge accepted most if not all of the “sentencing enhancement” proposed by the government. Brown pled guilty to three charges that stemmed from uploading YouTube [...]

Sterling Trial: Condoleezza Rice Testifies Bush Instructed Her to Have Times Kill Story on Operation Merlin

By: Thursday January 15, 2015 7:03 pm

In the first week of the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, prosecutors have presented details about an operation involving a Russian asset who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. Sterling is accused of leaking classified information that exposed this operation. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also taken [...]

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 [...]

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