To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 4:56 pm

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial powers that have failed to suppress revolutions and also demonstrates that relying on lethal strikes to combat insurgencies [...]

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 8:32 am

Congratulations to Iraqis & their elected representatives in the #Iraq parliament on selection of 7 new cabinet ministers @statedeptspox — U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) October 18, 2014 A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This [...]

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 [...]

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