CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has been serving a prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Loretto, Pennsylvania for over a year, has written a letter describing how he was given a special designation marking him dangerous. This led to him not being sent to a minimum security camp, and he reveals he was put in a low-security facility because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inappropriately categorized his offense as one related to “espionage.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 7, 2014 9:21 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:01 am|
United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was convicted of offenses related to her disclosures to WikiLeaks one year ago. In this time, Manning’s case has become a clear example to future whistleblowers of what the US government will do to military officers or federal government employees, who follow their conscience. And her case seems to have only emboldened President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to wage a war to control information that includes a clampdown on leaks, a campaign against national security whistleblowers and a concerted attack on press freedom.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 24, 2014 12:50 pm|
When President Bill Clinton vetoed anti-leaks provision in 2000 that would have made nearly all unauthorized disclosures of information by officials a felony, he warned of a “serious risk that this legislation” would have “a chilling effect on those who engage in legitimate activities.” But a draft signing statement released by the Clinton Library this month show how he would have defended the legislation if he had decided to sign it into law.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 10, 2014 10:33 am|
It was reported on May 8 that the Office of Director of National Intelligence, headed by James Clapper, had issued a directive barring past and current personnel from citing or talking about “known leaks.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 21, 2014 6:30 pm|
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive that prohibits all employees of the intelligence community from speaking to the press.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 15, 2014 7:53 am|
During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court. But according to Emma Cape, a lead organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Manning will be taking a “somewhat more active role” in the case during appeal.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 14, 2014 7:55 am|
At an event at Georgetown Law Center last night, Chelsea Manning’s new lawyers provided a preview of what they expect to happen during the appeals process in her military case.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 3, 2014 7:50 am|
Former State Department employee Stephen Kim is the second person who leaked information to a reporter to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act. And, on Wednesday, he became the third person under President Barack Obama to be sentenced to prison for the “unauthorized disclosure of national defense information”—violating the World War I-era law intended for prosecuting spies.
|By: DSWright Monday January 6, 2014 8:58 am|
Senator Chuck Schumer, a graduate of Harvard Law School who has been a US Senator since 1999, must know what he said on ABC’s This Week is wrong. Schumer falsely claimed that if Edward Snowden returned to the United States to face his accusers he would have the opportunity to defend himself using the whistleblower rationale.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 23, 2013 9:20 am|
It is bizarre that President Obama and other defenders of the NSA still pretend there have been zero examples of NSA employees abusing their power, even though abuses have already been documented.