Who Asked for Leniency for Petraeus for Leaking Classified Material? It’s Classified

By: Thursday April 30, 2015 1:00 pm

Sluts all. After selling America a bill of goods that he claimed won Iraq War 2.0 (i.e., “The Surge,” yeah, how’d that work out Dave?), General Dave went on to head the CIA, where he strongly supported long prison terms for whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou, claiming in the latter case that secrecy [...]

 

CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

By: Thursday February 26, 2015 5:00 pm

A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences — casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.

With negotiations between Iran and the United States at a pivotal stage, fallout from the trial’s revelations about the CIA’s Operation Merlin is likely to cause the International Atomic Energy Agency to re-examine U.S. assertions that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons…

John Kiriakou: US Government Lacks “the Guts” to Face Its Crimes

By: Saturday February 21, 2015 4:00 pm

“I don’t think our government, no matter who is president, would ever have the guts to charge someone at the level of a Dick Cheney or of a CIA director … with crimes against humanity,” Kiriakou told Minkovski.

CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower, Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’

By: Thursday February 5, 2015 5:00 pm

The leak trial of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling never got near a smoking gun, but the entire circumstantial case was a smokescreen. Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it “may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA.”

Leaks Investigation Does Not Include Disclosures on Obama’s Drone Wars

By: Friday June 15, 2012 7:30 am

Information shared by senior Obama administration officials with journalists on the “kill list” and drone wars in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen is not the subject of a leaks investigation being investigated by two US attorneys, according to Reuters. The investigation, which was launched as result of bipartisan concern about intelligence leaks, will focus on disclosures on a CIA underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen and the Stuxnet virus that was used to attack Iran.

Late Night: Why Dick Hates Colin

By: Friday September 2, 2011 8:00 pm

So, um… did everybody here go out and buy Dick Cheney’s autobiography (In My Time, which came out earlier this week) yet?

ACLU Petitions CIA for Documents on Juan Cole

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 6:08 pm

In any case, given the way the government responds to FOIAs, we’ll probably learn more about this in 5 years or so.

Why Didn’t We Ask China to Find Scooter Libby’s Missing Plame Leak E-Mails?

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:31 am

I’m most interested in all the assumptions here, that a bunch of Chinese hackers know precisely how the White House email system works. If that’s true, why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over the emails OVP deleted from the first days of the Plame leak investigation? And why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over all those emails hidden on the RNC’s server? Maybe they can also help us find all of John Yoo’s torture emails?

Obama Pretends the Bob Woodward Law Doesn’t Exist

By: Saturday April 23, 2011 8:55 am

The way secrecy in this country works is insidious not just because the government prevents citizens from learning the things we as citizens need to know to exercise democracy, but also because the President and other classification authorities can wield secrecy as an instrument of power, choosing to release information they otherwise claim is top secret when it serves their political purpose.

Making Room for FDL, or What’s Coming On, News-Wise, Has Arrived

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:00 am

Back in 2007, NYU professor Jay Rosen held up FDL’s coverage of the Scooter Libby trial as an example of great journalism, and he warned traditional media folks to “make room for FDL in your own ideas about what’s coming on, news-wise.”

Four years later, it sure looks like the good professor knew what he was talking about, doesn’t it?

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