NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and FBI whistleblower Mike German join Chelsea Manning’s new defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her law partner Vincent Ward for an evening on what’s ahead for Manning as well as a frank talk on whistleblowing and freedom of information.
|By: Elliott Sunday April 13, 2014 4:30 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 11, 2014 2:24 pm|
The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 16, 2014 5:31 pm|
A lawyer who represents National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and has spoken on his behalf numerous times was detained while going through customs at Heathrow airport in London.
Jesselyn Radack told Firedoglake she was directed to a specific Heathrow Border Force agent. He “didn’t seem interested” in her passport. She was then subjected to “very hostile questioning.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 9, 2014 9:25 am|
The White House is holding a number of meetings on possible National Security Agency reforms. President Barack Obama reportedly met with staffers for intelligence officials on January 8 in a meeting that was classified “top secret.”
A top lawyer for the administration, Kathy Ruemmler, is scheduled to hear from “civil liberties groups” on January 9. Meanwhile, Obama will be meeting with lawmakers, including Senators Mark Udall and Ron Wyden and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, who have promoted legislation to reform the NSA ever since disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were first published.
|By: DSWright Thursday January 2, 2014 2:03 pm|
Editorials from two of the most well established newspapers in the world – the Guardian and the New York Times – have now called for clemency for Edward Snowden and recognized him as a legitimate whistleblower. The case for the current indictment by the US Department of Justice that labels Snowden a spy and a thief has lost all moral credibility. The DOJ is now seen in America and around the world as out of step with our common values.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 19, 2013 2:20 pm|
A presidential group convened to review National Security Agency practices released its report outlining forty-six recommendations that President Barack Obama’s administration should adopt in the aftermath of news stories containing revelations from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The revelations have exposed the massive spying capabilities of the NSA, showing collection of the personal data of Americans as well as indiscriminate surveillance of citizens in foreign countries.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 21, 2013 6:22 pm|
Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 30, 2013 3:08 pm|
A civil liberties committee in the European Parliament heard testimony from national security whistleblowers from both the United States and United Kingdom. The testimony was part of a committee inquiry into alleged spying by the US and European Union countries that was exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The committee, chaired by Sophie in ‘T Veld, heard a statement from Snowden, where he said, “When I began my work, it was with the sole intention of making possible the debate we see occurring here in this body and in many other bodies around the world.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 16, 2013 11:15 am|
The trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to continue this afternoon with the government indicating whether it will put on a rebuttal to the defense’s sentencing case or not.
On Wednesday, Manning gave an apology in military court at Fort Meade. I covered it here at Firedoglake and also wrote a full reflection on what he said the day after.
I also reached out to some other people for reactions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 17, 2013 8:30 am|
A main criticism of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who disclosed information on secret surveillance programs, is that he did not go through the proper channels before going to the press with classified information.