Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is touring universities and colleges in the United States in an attempt to persuade students that they should not consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a hero.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 18, 2014 1:45 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 18, 2014 8:44 am|
Responding to the flood of speculation from individuals who thought his video question for Russian President Vladimir Putin proved he was a tool of the Kremlin, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written an op-ed where he rejects Putin’s answer to his question.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:55 am|
Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution at Loretto, Pennsylvania, has been writing “Letters from Loretto,” which Firedoglake has been publishing. The prison, however, has tried to frustrate his effort to exercise his First Amendment rights in just about every way imaginable.
|By: spocko Monday April 14, 2014 8:00 pm|
This award might help journalists and their publishers stand up more, but they are still going to need those whistleblowers. And whistleblowers can see that their lives will be ruined. Who is helping and protecting them?
|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 Monday April 7, 2014 9:02 am|
US government officials realized that hypocrisy had been exposed. Both countries could now be said to engage in hacking. As one senior administration official said to the Times, “We clearly don’t occupy the moral high ground that we once thought we did.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 5, 2014 10:50 am|
A well-respected advocate for whistleblowers in the United States government, he served the inspector general of the the Pentagon as the first director of civilian reprisal investigations and also as director of whistleblowing and transparency.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 3, 2014 7:50 am|
Former State Department employee Stephen Kim is the second person who leaked information to a reporter to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act. And, on Wednesday, he became the third person under President Barack Obama to be sentenced to prison for the “unauthorized disclosure of national defense information”—violating the World War I-era law intended for prosecuting spies.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 25, 2014 3:31 pm|
Multiple national security leaks by US officials occurred during the production of the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution. But, when the Pentagon Inspector General’s office investigated what had happened, the office found then-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta had mishandled classified information.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 24, 2014 12:05 pm|
The propaganda Rogers pushes is the product of a vendetta Rogers has against Snowden. The whistleblower has forced him to address the issue of oversight of the NSA—a concept in government which appears to be personally outrageous to him. He has had to think about questioning the very secret surveillance programs and policies he is committed to fiercely defending. And so, the focus must be put on Snowden to avoid doing the job he should be doing as an overseer in government.