Movie Review: CitizenFour, Snowden for Lovers and Haters

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:39 am

Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras’ new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden’s early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let’s have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else. But First, a Quick Recap Snowden worked deep inside America’s national security state. His last [...]

Looking for Firedoglake

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 4:16 pm

Firedoglake and I spent several years looking for each other. In my final months at the State Department, just before getting pushed out because of my whistleblowing, Firedoglake was one of the web sites firewalled from our desktop computers because of its Wikileaks content. Despite sites like FDL being available everywhere (it is called the [...]

Snowden Documents Detail Spying Partnership Between US, Israel That Enables Occupation of Palestine

By: Monday August 4, 2014 1:13 pm

Documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to journalist Glenn Greenwald reveal specific details on the close relationship between the NSA and Israeli spy agencies and how cooperation enables military operations, such as the assault that has been ongoing in Gaza and has now killed over 1,800 Palestinians. Previously, Greenwald reported in September 2013 [...]

Julian Assange Hopes New Information Filed in Swedish Court Next Week Will Remove Arrest Warrant

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 5:25 pm

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuador Embassy in the United Kingdom for two years. To mark the anniversary, his legal defense team is making a push to have the United Nations Human Rights Commission intervene in the case. His legal defense team is also planning to make a filing in Swedish [...]

Daniel Ellsberg: Both Manning & Snowden Exposed Government Secrecy to Proper Debate

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 9:22 am

Everyone is writing and thinking about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whose first revelations were published one year ago today.  But it was also one year ago that Chelsea Manning’s trial began at Fort Meade in Maryland. Manning provided the “Collateral Murder” video, hundreds of thousands of military incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds [...]

New Organization Launched to Accept Submissions & Provide Support to Whistleblowers

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 5:37 pm

A new organization has been launched by whistleblowers, journalists, activists, lawyers and former government officials to help whistleblowers make disclosures that are in the public interest. The launch was announced at a press conference at the National Press Club this morning. Similar to how WikiLeaks was initially set up, the organization has a website with [...]

Justice Department: Release of WikiLeaks Records Could Harm ‘Pending Future Prosecution’

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 8:59 am

The United States Justice Department has indicated in a lawsuit involving a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that records related to WikiLeaks must remain secret because the release may “cause articulable harm” to an ongoing Justice Department and FBI criminal investigation and “pending future prosecution.” The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted a request [...]

New York Times’ New Executive Editor Has History of Steering Clear of Controversial Reporting

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:08 am

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials? What will Baquet do to encourage and promote investigative journalism? What responsibility may he show to sources? As [...]

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 10:36 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but [...]

Judge Grants Petition to Allow Chelsea Manning to Legally Change Her Name

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 12:40 pm

A petition to allow Chelsea Manning to change her legal name from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning” was granted by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning, who disclosed information to WikiLeaks that revealed war crimes and misconduct by American diplomats, is serving a 35-year prison sentence in a military prison in Leavenworth, [...]

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