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, [...]

Al Qaeda Plot Leaks: McClatchy’s Response to New York Times Alleging Journalism Impacted US Intelligence

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:31 pm

The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own. [...]

Under Obama, NSA Continued Expansion of Program to Collect Data on Some Americans’ Social Networks

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 3:18 pm

(update below) Under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on social connections between some Americans to help “discover and track” connection between “intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States,” according to a report from The New York Times.  The story from Times journalist James Risen and freelance journalist [...]

Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national [...]

Revelations Around NSA, GCHQ Operations to Crack Encryption & the Need for More Whistleblowers

By: Friday September 6, 2013 11:13 am

Major revelations on the National Security Agency and British intelligence agency, GCHQ’s capabilities to crack encryption were revealed yesterday by The Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica. The revelations were from documents provided by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The stories were the first to appear from a partnership that formed in response to actions by the [...]

Obama Administration Remains Committed to Forcing Reporter to Testify Against His Source

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:47 pm

In a filing to a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argues that a reporter for the New York Times has no constitutional right to a reporter’s privilege in a case involving a leak allegedly committed by a former CIA officer. The case involves a former CIA officer, Jeffrey Sterling, who face charges of violating the Espionage [...]

Guardian-New York Times Partnership on NSA Files from Snowden a Symptom of Crackdown on Press Freedom

By: Friday August 23, 2013 3:39 pm

A partnership between The Guardian and The New York Times on documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been arranged so that reporting on British government intelligence agency, GCHQ, can continue to be produced. The Guardian put out in a statement, “In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the [...]

Snowden as ‘Accused’ or ‘Alleged American Spy’ & Whether His Fears of Returning to US Are Justified

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 11:21 am

Charles B. Pierce of Esquire has been regularly updating on the effect of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing on United States government surveillance programs. A recent update highlights NBC News’ Lester Holt describing Snowden as an “alleged American spy.” Pierce wrote, “That’s an order of magnitude beyond anything that has been said about Snowden [...]

New York Times Corrects Coverage of Judge’s ‘Aiding the Enemy’ Ruling in Bradley Manning’s Trial

By: Monday July 22, 2013 3:57 pm

The New York Times has added an important correction to an article it published on a recent ruling issued by the military judge in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. In the ruling, the judge decided not to acquit Manning of the charge of “aiding the enemy,” which is one of the greater offenses he [...]

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