Anti-leaks proposals approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of an intelligence authorization bill on July 24 became public yesterday. They supposeedly would prevent “unauthorized disclosures” of “classified information” from people who are not authorized to “leak.” But, the truth is this obscures the reality, which is that hysteria over leaks has created a politically manufactured crisis of which politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein are taking advantage to enact measures that in their totality would function like an Official Secrets Act.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 31, 2012 2:50 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 25, 2012 6:34 pm|
The Senate Intelligence Committee passed an intelligence authorization bill yesterday that is likely to have adverse effects on whistleblowers and the media trying to cover national security matters. The legislation, according to committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein, would fund measures to “counter terrorist threats, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enhance counterintelligence, conduct covert actions and collect and analyze intelligence around the globe.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 24, 2012 3:37 pm|
A congressional subcommittee heard statements from investigators and members of the US military who had observed shocking conditions at the Dawood military hospital in Afghanistan. The story involves corruption and a coverup by senior commanders in Afghanistan who order non-cooperation with investigators and destruction of evidence.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 22, 2012 8:35 am|
Former CIA agent John Kiriakou, who the United States government alleges released 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,” was in court for a motion hearing on July 20 in Alexandria, Virginia. The defense and prosecution were given opportunity to argue a defense motion to dismiss on the basis that the government is pursuing a “selective” and “vindictive” prosecution.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 12, 2012 11:00 am|
The prosecutors have contended all along that no “actual damage” has to be proven. Military prosecutor Maj. Ashden Fein said in April, “Whether the accused knew or thought he knew which documents and information would cause actual harm to the United States is irrelevant to his specific acts for which he is charged.” During the upcoming motion hearing on July 16, the matter will be decided in court and the defense may be significantly restricted from discussing what many in the public likely think was the key issue with Manning’s alleged leaks—that damage was supposedly done to US national security.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 10, 2012 12:20 pm|
A United States judge ruled on Monday the whistleblower provisions passed in the Dodd-Frank law in 2010 could be applied retroactively to protect not only people employed by parent companies but also those working for subsidiaries of parent companies. The expanded coverage thus applies even to cases initiated before Dodd-Frank.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 27, 2012 5:45 pm|
Ecuador continues to review WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s request for political asylum. Ana Albán, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, met with President Rafael Correa and other heads of state to discuss the potential implications of granting asylum to Mr. Assange. In the meantime, he remains in the Ecuadorean embassy in the United Kingdom. The Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino has said people can be holed up in embassies for a day, three weeks or five years waiting for a decision on asylum requests.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 8, 2012 1:10 pm|
The trial for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, has now been moved from September to November or January of next year. The judge moved the trial date because of “discovery issues” in the court martial. This was entirely predictable. All along, the military prosecutors and government have been engaged in secrecy games that have made it nearly impossible for the defense to obtain evidence that could be material to the guilt or innocence of Manning or that could help reduce his sentence if he were convicted for his alleged leaks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 6, 2012 6:58 pm|
I appeared on “The Alyona Show” to provide an update on what happened and also talk about John McCain is criticizing the Obama administration’s selective leaks on the “kill list,” cyber warfare, etc.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 6, 2012 8:00 am|
The third motion hearing in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who is being prosecuted by the US government for allegedly releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, commences today. It is taking place at Fort Meade in Maryland and is expected to last for three days. I’ll be live-blogging from the hearing.