Thousands of Americans had their personal data passed on to US agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service and National Security Agency as part of an effort to uncover “untrustworthy federal workers,” according to a new report from McClatchy Newspapers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 14, 2013 12:26 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday October 25, 2013 6:30 am|
The Advocate’s interview with Glenn Greenwald reveals a lot about the lawyer-turned journalist who broke the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. And in it, Greenwald explains that during a his lengthy interview with Snowden in Hong Kong he learned what inspired and motivated the twenty-something security expert to blow the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance programs.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 10, 2013 9:25 am|
President Barack Obama’s administration has been more hostile to the press, more secretive and more aggressive when it comes to cracking down on leaks than any recent president in American history, according to a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Written by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, with research contributed by Sara Rafsky.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:23 pm|
The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 24, 2013 12:15 pm|
The guilty plea is notable because it stems from the leak investigation that touched off allegations of scandal when it became public that the Justice Department had seized phone records from “more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.” There is no way of knowing the “exact number of journalists,” who used the phone lines during this period, however, “100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.” Home phone and cell phone records of individual journalists were collected as well.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 13, 2013 11:05 am|
A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national security journalists would be able to enjoy is debatable.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 6, 2013 9:35 am|
What is contained in the documents from Snowden is clear evidence of an unchecked surveillance state that threatens the liberty of citizens not just in America but around the world. There is a duty amongst journalists to inform citizens of what these intelligence agencies are doing and what powers they have and think they should have to invade privacy, whenever they deem it necessary.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:50 am|
The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 27, 2013 5:00 pm|
In a filing to a federal appeals court, the Justice Department argues that a reporter for the New York Times has no constitutional right to a reporter’s privilege in a case involving a leak allegedly committed by a former CIA officer.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 9:30 am|
Snowden is accused by the United States Justice Department of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has used this to pursue leakers or whistleblowers as if they are spies and that is the case here with Snowden. Media have interpreted this as Snowden being accused of spying.