President Barack Obama has issued a directive that appears to finally provide whistleblower protections for intelligence agency employees in government. The directive declares employees able to access classified information “can effectively report waste, fraud and abuse while protecting classified national security information.” It also includes a “prohibition” against retaliation against employees, who report “waste, fraud and abuse.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 12, 2012 9:39 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 7, 2012 7:30 am|
A “Daily Show” clip with correspondent Jason Jones aired last night on “super spy” Thomas Drake, who worked for the National Security Agency as an analyst until he was ultimately charged as “a spy” under the Espionage Act for blowing the whistle on the NSA. The segment nicely plays up the fact he did not commit espionage and, instead, was a “cost-benefit analysis expert,” who had examined two intelligence gathering programs and decided one was cheaper and would lead to less fraud, waste, abuse and illegalities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 13, 2012 4:04 pm|
For over a month now, members of Congress have been engaged in a bipartisan offensive against “leaks.” The offensive was launched after details on Obama’s “kill list,” cyber warfare against Iran, and the CIA underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen became public information. The offensive yielded the appointment by Attorney General Eric Holder of two US attorneys to investigate two of the “leaks” (no attorney was appointed to investigate how details on a covert drone program were released) yet this has not satisfied politicians. Congress people from both the Democratic and Republican Party in the US continue to introduce and speak out in favor of proposals to clamp down on the free flow of information.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:30 pm|
Measures aimed at preventing leaks among United States government employees in the US intelligence community have been announced by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. The measures are being instituted as a result of recent news stories on cyberwarfare against Iran and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen that included unauthorized disclosures on those operations.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 22, 2012 1:35 pm|
The government is pursuing a “selective” and “vindictive” prosecution against former CIA agent John Kiriakou, according to a defense motion to dismiss charges recently cleared for public release and posted by Secrecy News. Kiriakou was indicted in April for allegedly releasing classified information to journalists that included the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and details on the role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.”
The Justice Department charged him with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and three counts of violating the Espionage Act, along with a count for “allegedly lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA” so he could include classified information in his book.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 17, 2012 12:30 pm|
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recent leaks from the Obama administration; and according to Talking Points Memo, called for a new law that could be used to go after individuals who leak national security information. He specifically suggested that the law be setup to criminalize government officials who leak to the media.
“I think we need to change the law that’s applied here,” Lieberman stated. “The last person to be convicted of a crime for leaking to the media was more than 25 years ago. We’re still using a 1917 Espionage Act that requires some showing of intent and knowledge that the leak would harm the security of the United States.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 14, 2012 1:58 pm|
Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 12, for a Justice Department oversight hearing. With politicians in a frenzy over leaking by the Obama administration, Holder was forced multiple times to defend and explain his plan to investigate and get to the bottom of the leaks. Republican senators took issue with Holder’s plan to have two US attorneys linked to the Justice Department investigate the leak when leaks likely came from the Justice Department.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 12, 2012 9:15 am|
So far, supposed threats to national security have been the issue. The hysteria around what could happen to the United States if leakers were allowed to go unpunished has been central to the controversy around the Obama administration’s leaking. The threat to freedom of the press posed by an investigation has not mattered to politicians calling for an investigation. Instead, a lot of the discussion has been around how the leaks benefit the president.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 6, 2012 10:10 am|
A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicted former CIA agent John Kiriakou for releasing classified information to journalists that included the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and information on the role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” The Justice Department charged him with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and three counts of violating the Espionage Act, along with a count for “allegedly lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA” so he could include classified information in his book.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday February 9, 2012 3:35 pm|
The Pentagon is now “investigating” and going after Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who submitted an 86-page report with classified information to Congress on the war in Afghanistan. He also wrote an unclassified version of the report that he is waiting for Army Public Affairs to review so that he can release it to the public.