The greatest purported damage caused by WikiLeaks’ disclosure of over two hundred and fifty thousand United States Embassy cables has been the “chilling effect” the release caused, according to witnesses from the State Department who have testified in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 5, 2013 2:00 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 2, 2013 4:57 pm|
The State Department today issued a world wide travel alert that will last until August 31st.
Apparently there is concern al-Qa’ida and its affiliates are potentially planning terrorist attacks in the Middle East or “beyond.” What might be a possible target or means of attack are also equally vague:
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 2, 2013 7:35 am|
Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was recently found guilty of nineteen offenses related to his disclosures to WikiLeaks, faces a possible twelve years in prison because of his decision to provide a cache of over 250,000 US State Embassy cables to the media organization. He could be put in prison for ten years for stealing the cables and two years for exceeding authorized access on his computer.
|By: Attaturk Friday August 2, 2013 1:30 am|
John Kerry is in Pakistan to repair the US-Pakistan relationship through bribery diplomacy. And to “reassure” the Pakistanis, we now have a plan for when to end drone-strikes:
|By: Steve Horn Thursday July 25, 2013 2:55 pm|
Former CIA-head David Petraeus’ City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College seminar readings include several prominent Big Oil-funded “frackademia” studies, a recent DeSmogBlog investigation revealed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:15 am|
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has officially submitted an application for temporary asylum in Russia so he may eventually travel to a country in Latin America.
CBS News reports that he submitted an “asylum request to an official from Russia’s Federal Migration Service at the airport where he has been holed-up for weeks. The Migration Service later confirmed that it had received the 20-page application.” It is going to be processed within the “statutory period,” which can take the Service “three months.”
|By: DSWright Monday July 15, 2013 8:45 am|
Have you ever wondered what America’s official propaganda is like? You will not have to wonder much longer as the ban on the U.S. government propagandizing American citizens has been quietly lifted. You may soon be hearing and seeing government made news, though you might not always know it was government made.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 12, 2013 1:20 pm|
Edward Snowden today made clear both his own bona fides as a whistleblower, and the hypocrisy of the United States in its manhunt for him.
Whistleblower? Snowden’s remarks reinforce the basic tenet of whistleblowing, that is an act of conscience. He made clear what he gave up– home, family, perhaps even his liberty and life– and what we gained, learning what a government which claims to be “of the people” is doing to the people.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 6, 2013 10:00 am|
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega have offered National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. The immediate reaction will be that they are left-wing anti-American countries. This offer disrespects an extradition treaty that the United States has with Venezuela or Nicaragua.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 3, 2013 1:35 pm|
An Inspector General’s report blasts the State Department for wasting $630,000 on trying to get ‘likes’ on Facebook. The Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013.