Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 7:50 am

A number of American journalists, who work for small and large media organizations, contend that the spike in leak investigations is tied to government mass surveillance. They report experiences with sources, who are no longer willing to speak to them. They have found it increasingly difficult to build new relationships with sources. A chilling effect has made it exceptionally difficult to determine what to do to maintain confidentiality.

 

Tsarnaev Lawyers: Hold Law Enforcement Officials Responsible for Leaks

By: Friday July 25, 2014 4:10 pm

For months, lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been pushing a federal district court in Massachusetts to hold a hearing and address the issue of law enforcement officials leaking details related to the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyers renewed their objection to leaks as they continue to occur, despite the objections of the court.

Tsarnaev faces terrorism charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, for his alleged role in the bombing.

How President Bill Clinton Prepared to Justify Criminalizing All Leaks of Information

By: 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.

The Roundup

By: Friday June 6, 2014 5:45 am

- With the effects of sanctions hurting civilians in Iran, civilians think it is better to work out a compromise with the West

- The Housing Minister in Israel announced the state would create 1,500 more settler homes

- Trevor Timm: “Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over”

New Organization Launched to Accept Submissions & Provide Support to Whistleblowers

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 3:30 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.

After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail

By: Monday June 2, 2014 4:10 pm

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution.

Holder’s Comments to Journalists Do Not ‘Hint’ at NYT Reporter Not Being Jailed for Defying Subpoena

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 9:50 am

Holder made no such hint. The position of President Barack Obama’s administration is that they are not prosecuting Risen. The administration also probably expects him to cooperate in the leak prosecution and not resist—or, in other words, they expect Risen to “do his job.”

Will White House Official Who Revealed Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Identity to Reporters Be Held Responsible?

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 am

While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters.

Reworded Policy for Intelligence Employees Citing Leaks Doesn’t Change Its Anti-Democratic Nature

By: 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.”

Massive Gag Policy Is Expanded & Imposed on US Intelligence Employees in Response to Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 9, 2014 9:55 am

A massive policy to gag intelligence employees and even former employees in the United States intelligence community has been adopted in response to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The policy represents a further expansion of a network of initiatives to enforce secrecy and control not only the unauthorized release of classified information but the free flow of any information whatsoever.

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