New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration’s Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 10:52 am

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the [...]

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden Involves Prioritizing Secrecy ‘Oaths’ Over Truth-Telling

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 11:06 am

A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to [...]

Dear New York Times Editors: If Snowden Is a Whistleblower, What Is Chelsea Manning?

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 1:26 pm

The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower. But, it invites debate on another individual, one who is currently serving thirty-five years in a military prison for releasing [...]

In Snowden Editorial, New York Times Editorial Board Legitimizes Whistleblowing to the Press

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 11:07 am

The New York Times Editorial Board has published a remarkably strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who they refer to as a whistleblower in the headline. The Times states Snowden should not have to live out the rest of his life in “permanent exile.” Considering the enormous value of the information he has [...]

New York Times Knew Missing American in Iran Was Working for CIA Back in 2007

By: Friday December 13, 2013 3:53 pm

A major story on a retired FBI agent who went missing in Iran was published by the Associated Press yesterday. It revealed details on a coverup at the Central Intelligence Agency to cover up the fact that the agent, Robert Levinson, had been “recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the [...]

NSA Extended Tentacles to Ensure Games Like World of Warcraft, Second Life Weren’t Beyond Its Reach

By: Monday December 9, 2013 11:27 am

The National Security Agency targeted Internet communications features in games or virtual environments like Second Life, World of Warcraft (WoW) and XboxLive, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Documents from 2008, reported and published in partnership by The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica, show that online game [...]

Until Grand Jury Investigation Disbanded, WikiLeaks Should Remain Skeptical of US Officials’ Statements

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 3:58 pm

(updates 1 & 2 below) For the second time in the past weeks, anonymous United States government officials have spoken to a reporter with the Washington Post about a possible case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. “The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing [...]

The New York Times is Responsible for Misperception Edward Snowden Sought Clemency

By: Monday November 4, 2013 7:35 pm

(update below)  In the past twenty-four hours, there has been quite a bit of discussion about remarks from the White House and two members of Congress addressing whether or not former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden deserves clemency for releasing classified documents to journalists, who have written numerous stories exposing the true nature of [...]

Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program Inspired Snowden to Become a Whistleblower

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 10:18 pm

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made the ultimate decision to become a whistleblower when he came across a classified 2009 inspector general’s report on the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program during the administration of President George W. Bush. He read about the program and found it was illegal, according to an interview with New [...]

Judge Unseals Documents Making It Possible for Lavabit Owner to Speak About FBI’s Pursuit of Snowden

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 11:51 pm

A federal judge has unsealed documents in a case involving the owner of the encrypted email service provider, Lavabit, which former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was using. Since May, Ladar Levison has been battling the US government. The FBI wanted to install a tap on Snowden’s email account under a “pen register” order, [...]

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