Feinstein’s Call for Leak Investigation Into Publishing of Top Secret Order for Verizon Call Data

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 4:35 pm

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is passionately defending National Security Agency surveillance and calling for a leak investigation into the source, who provided a copy of a top secret order issued by a United States secret surveillance court, even as whistleblowers repeat warnings about surveillance they have been making for years. On “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on the US Secrecy State as Predator of the First Amendment

By: Sunday March 17, 2013 11:53 am

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake delivered a speech at the National Press Club luncheon on March 15. He addressed the “long shadow of government secrecy” that increasingly “obscures the view of democracy in our constitutional republic or what’s left of it.” Video of the entire speech given during the luncheon appears at the top [...]

Navy Linguist Faces Additional Charge of Violating Espionage Act

By: Monday March 11, 2013 8:26 pm

A Navy contract linguist charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act by unlawfully retaining “national defense information” has been hit with a third charge of violating the law. James F. Hitselberger was working in Bahrain as a translator. A document collector, as Secrecy News’ Steven Aftergood describes, Hitselberger is a “peripatetic collector of rare [...]

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker’s New Ambitious Feature Documentary on War on Whistleblowers

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 7:02 pm

The trailer for the documentary in production opens with a quote from writer George Orwell: If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. It is an appropriate setup for a film that Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Spione has set out to produce to show [...]

In NDAA Lawsuit, Government Claims It Has ‘Decade of Experience’ & Hasn’t Detained Any US Citizens

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 3:54 pm

Argument in the government’s appeal against the provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which grants the military the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens, took place this morning at the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by a group of journalists and activists that includes [...]

Surviving a Whistleblower Prosecution: ‘You’re Left With How Do I Live the Rest of My Life’

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 5:26 pm

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is not only the first CIA officer to be convicted of a classified leak but he also can be considered the first successful leak prosecution by the administration of President Barack Obama. A few days ago, I posted videos of a discussion I had with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake on [...]

US Whistleblowers on Being Targeted by the Secret Security State

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 5:22 pm

The Chaos Communication Congress (29C3), which organizers describe as “an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia,” began on December 27. Yesterday, this blog featured Tor software developer and WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum’s talk. Later in the day, three United States whistleblowers gave presentations, which should be considered required viewing. Jesselyn Radack, who blew [...]

For National Security Whistleblowers, Obama Hits the Reset Button

By: Friday October 12, 2012 11:54 am

President Barack Obama has issued a directive that appears to finally provide whistleblower protections for intelligence agency employees in government. The directive declares employees able to access classified information “can effectively report waste, fraud and abuse while protecting classified national security information.” It also includes a “prohibition” against retaliation against employees, who report “waste, fraud [...]

Ex-CIA Agent John Kiriakou, Accused of Leaks, Has Subpoenaed Journalists: Who Are They?

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 2:06 pm

Ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on torture authorized by the administration of President George W. Bush, is accused of leaking classified information to journalists on the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and details on the other role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” He was indicted in April on charges [...]

War on Whistleblowers: ‘Bigger Than Assange & WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:07 am

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief recently granted asylum by Ecuador, delivered a speech on August 19 calling for the US to end its war on whistleblowers and dissidents. He named Pfc. Bradley Manning, former NSA employee William Binney, former NSA employee Thomas Drake and former CIA agent John Kiriakou as people who had been victims of [...]

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