A sentencing memo from the United States government submitted to a federal court on Monday argued former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is “no whistleblower” and recommended that Sterling be given a severe and lengthy prison sentence. The appropriate range of nineteen and a half to twenty-four years was suggested. During a January trial, the government [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:10 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 26, 2015 8:00 am|
The United States government served search warrants on Google in March 2012 and demanded that the company hand over data from WikiLeaks staff members for the purpose of an investigation into violations of the Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a larceny statute and a “conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States” statute.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 15, 2015 4:07 pm|
In the first week of the trial against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, prosecutors have presented details about an operation involving a Russian asset who secretly provided Iran with flawed blueprints for a nuclear weapon. Sterling is accused of leaking classified information that exposed this operation. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also taken [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:30 am|
Defense of Jonathan Gruber by Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 17, 2014 10:32 am|
When J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director, he wanted agents to enhance people’s paranoia and make them feel like there was an agent behind every mailbox. His agents were particularly targeting dissent. Now, these days, the use of undercover agents in criminal investigations or general operations has grown to such a degree that a citizen may feel like there is a federal agent behind every action.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 3, 2014 3:50 pm|
The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 27, 2014 8:05 am|
As soon as one specific problem is banned the industry quickly moves to find a slightly different new loophole to exploit. What is really needed is a broad solution, not a series of popular mallet whacks. There is no way our political system is set up to whack these problems as quickly as they are created.
|By: Norman Solomon Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:04 pm|
No single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price — the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 11, 2014 12:46 pm|
In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 6, 2014 8:17 am|
We will have to see if the New York Time has much impact on the West Coast but as a D.C. resident it is a refreshing counterpoint to the Washington Post’s error-filled and logically inconsistent editorial against the D.C. initiative.