Senator Wyden Opposes Anti-Leaks Provisions, Puts Hold on Intelligence Authorization Bill

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:20 pm

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has placed a public hold on the intelligence authorization bill to prevent anti-leaks provisions from passing without any meaningful debate or amendments because he believes they would “inhibit free speech and damage the news media’s ability to report on national security issues.” On the Senate floor, Wyden declared, “Congress [...]

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 [...]

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on ‘The Daily Show’

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 9:24 am

A “Daily Show” clip with correspondent Jason Jones aired last night on “super spy” Thomas Drake, who worked for the National Security Agency as an analyst until he was ultimately charged as “a spy” under the Espionage Act for blowing the whistle on the NSA. The segment nicely plays up the fact he did not commit espionage and, instead, was a “cost-benefit analysis expert,” who had examined two intelligence gathering programs and decided one was cheaper and would lead to less fraud, waste, abuse and illegalities.

The Institutional & Political Suppression of the Free Flow of Information

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 2:24 pm

For over a month now, members of Congress have been engaged in a bipartisan offensive against “leaks.” The offensive was launched after details on Obama’s “kill list,” cyber warfare against Iran, and the CIA underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen became public information. The offensive yielded the appointment by Attorney General Eric Holder of two US [...]

Anti-Leaks Measures to Reinforce Government Secrecy

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:36 pm

(update below) Measures aimed at preventing leaks among United States government employees in the US intelligence community have been announced by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. The measures are being instituted as a result of recent news stories on cyberwarfare against Iran and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) underwear bomb plot sting operation [...]

The Vindictive Prosecution of CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Friday June 22, 2012 1:09 pm

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou (photo: Troy Page/ The government is pursuing a “selective” and “vindictive” prosecution against former CIA agent John Kiriakou, according to a defense motion to dismiss charges recently cleared for public release and posted by Secrecy News. Kiriakou was indicted in April for allegedly releasing classified information to journalists that included [...]

Record Number of Leaks Prosecutions Downplayed by Obama Administration

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:45 am

(update below) Amidst all the bipartisan hysteria among United States lawmakers over leaks, head officials at the Justice Department and President Barack Obama’s administration appear to be artfully dodging responsibility for the unprecedented number of leaks prosecutions that have occurred during the Obama presidency. Staff members from the White House and Justice Department are claiming, [...]

Lieberman Renews Push for Anti-Leaks Law

By: Sunday June 17, 2012 1:14 pm

(update below) Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recent leaks from the Obama administration; and according to Talking Points Memo, called for a new law that could be used to go after individuals who leak national security information. He specifically suggested that the law be setup to criminalize government officials [...]

The Response from US Newspapers to the Leaks Hysteria

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 11:55 am

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 12, for a Justice Department oversight hearing. With politicians in a frenzy over leaking by the Obama administration, Holder was forced multiple times to defend and explain his plan to investigate and get to the bottom of the leaks. Republican senators took [...]

The Bipartisan Witch Hunt for Leakers in the Obama Administration

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 10:15 am

(update below) Forty years ago, two reporters widely considered to be heroes of investigative journalism broke the story of the Watergate scandal. They benefited from a leak from a source that became known as “Deep Throat.” The story uncovered numerous crimes committed by President Richard Nixon’s administration and eventually pushed him to resign from the [...]

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