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 [...]

Border Patrol Official: Agents Who Talk to Journalists About Immigrant Children May Be Charged with Crime

By: Friday June 13, 2014 5:31 pm

In an email the Associated Press obtained, an assistant chief patrol agent warns thousands of Border Patrol agents if they talk to journalists about the crisis with immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border they may be charged with committing a crime. Eligio “Lee” Pena warned “more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents that journalists looking for [...]

New Organization Launched to Accept Submissions & Provide Support to Whistleblowers

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 5:37 pm

A new organization has been launched by whistleblowers, journalists, activists, lawyers and former government officials to help whistleblowers make disclosures that are in the public interest. The launch was announced at a press conference at the National Press Club this morning. Similar to how WikiLeaks was initially set up, the organization has a website with [...]

After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail

By: Monday June 2, 2014 5:26 pm

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution. Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is alleged to have given information to Risen on a [...]

Holder’s Comments to Journalists Do Not ‘Hint’ at NYT Reporter Not Being Jailed for Defying Subpoena

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 11:22 am

Attorney General Eric Holder held a meeting with representatives of media organizations and addressed concerns, which related to the Justice Department’s revision of guidelines that address when it is appropriate to subpoena reporters and conducted searches of newsrooms for information for criminal investigations. The representatives raised the issue of New York Times reporter James Risen, [...]

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:33 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters. As The Washington Post reported, “The [...]

In NYT Review of Greenwald’s Book, Vanity Fair Editor Endorses Criminalizing Journalists Who Publish Leaks

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 1:14 pm

The New York Times has published a review of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide, by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Kinsley in which he madly endorses the interest the United States government may have in prosecuting journalists who publish leaks. Kinsley, who was once the co-host on CNN’s “Crossfire,” defends fellow [...]

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 [...]

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 10:36 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but [...]

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 [...]

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