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 [...]

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 [...]

Along With Hackers & Terrorists, GCHQ Considers ‘Investigative Journalists’ a Threat

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:13 am

Documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the British spy agency, GCHQ, listed “investigative journalists” as a threat alongside hackers and terrorists in an “information security assessment.” Another batch of files indicated the agency had collected emails from journalists working in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian’s James Ball reported [...]

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 [...]

During Pretrial Hearing, Journalist James Risen Refuses to Help US Government with Leak Case

By: Monday January 5, 2015 5:32 pm

New York Times journalist James Risen testified in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, during a pretrial hearing in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. The hearing was held so US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema could determine what questions Risen would have to answer at trial as a subpoenaed witness. The [...]

NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

By: Friday December 19, 2014 11:36 am

(update) NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official [...]

In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 2:34 pm

A federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, has authorized a subpoena for New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to provide testimony in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Prosecutors would be able to ask if he had a “prior non-confidential reporter-source relationship” with Risen. The former CIA officer is alleged to [...]

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

By: Monday December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:33 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks defeated. Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. It is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power. [...]

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 5:21 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act. Sterling met with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers and [...]

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