FBI’s Culture of Hostility Toward Whistleblowers—And How Justice Department Permits Policy of Retaliation

By: Thursday March 5, 2015 2:16 pm

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI retaliation against whistleblowers, FBI associate deputy director Kevin Perkins declared, “We will not and do not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers in the FBI.” The astonishing remark was made as the committee chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, reported that an FBI whistleblower had recently emailed him to report retaliation. [...]

David Petraeus’ Sweetheart Plea Deal for Leaking ‘Black Books’ with Names of Covert Agents to His Biographer

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:26 pm

Former CIA director and military general David Petraeus improperly possessed “Black Books” containing the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and other classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided his biographer, Paula Broadwell, access to these books after she asked to use them as source material. He [...]

Podcast: CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on How US Government Treats Whistleblowers in Prison

By: Sunday March 1, 2015 10:20 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is more than three weeks into an 86-day term on house arrest. He was released from a federal “correctional” institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in early February. Kiriakou pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA), but it was not until he spoke up about waterboarding being torture in an [...]

Pentagon Inspector General Ignored & Rejected NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake’s Claims of Retaliation

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 9:54 am

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has learned that the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office has rejected his whistleblower retaliation complaint, which he filed after the Justice Department’s prosecution against him collapsed. As part of the Pentagon IG office’s audit, Drake provided details about waste and civil liberties abuses related to a program called TRAILBLAZER. He alleged in [...]

Holder Rationalizes Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

By: Thursday February 19, 2015 2:32 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a luncheon speech on sentencing reform at the National Press Club on February 17. He then answered questions after his speech. One of the questions involved President Barack Obama and his administration’s unprecedented crackdown on leaks.

“The Obama administration has prosecuted eight alleged whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, more than all previous presidential administrations combined. What justifies this more aggressive posture toward leakers?” a person attending the speech asked.

Holder acknowledged that members of the press have been concerned “about these prosecutions.” He highlighted the “series of meetings at the Justice Department” that have taken place, where editors of major media organizations and various officials have discussed views about the cases brought against whistleblowers and how certain policies involving media might be changed.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Prosecute CIA Case Officers Who Flouted the Law & Tortured Detainees

By: Monday February 9, 2015 3:08 pm

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who was released from a federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, last week, after serving about 23 months in jail, called for CIA case officers to be prosecuted for “flouting” the law when they tortured detainees. In an interview for “Democracy Now!”, Kiriakou addressed the shocking details in the executive summary of [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Released from Prison: Here’s His Final ‘Letter from Loretto’

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 9:30 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has been released from the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He checked into a halfway house on February 3 and then went home to be with his family and serve the remaining 86 days of his sentence on house arrest. And, to mark his departure from the facility, he penned [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Reacts to How Loretto Handled a Prison Guard’s Suicide

By: Monday February 2, 2015 4:04 pm

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence at the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written a letter reporting that a correctional officer committed suicide in January. How the prison officials handled the death stood in stark contrast to the treatment prisoners experience when an inmate dies or an inmate [...]

Jury Convicts Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling of Leaking to Journalist & Violating Espionage Act

By: Monday January 26, 2015 5:29 pm

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling has been convicted by a jury in Alexandria, Virginia, of charges brought against him because the government argued he leaked classified information about a top secret CIA operation in Iran to New York Times reporter James Risen. Sterling’s case was the first case involving an alleged leak to the press [...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Federal Air Marshal Whistleblower & Upholds Whistleblower Law

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:55 pm

A federal air marshal whistleblower won an important Supreme Court victory on January 21 when justices voted 7-2 that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and had not been “specifically prohibited by the law,” as the government claimed. Robert J. MacLean, a former Transportation Security Agency (TSA) air marshal, became a [...]

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