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 Thursday July 12, 2012 11:00 am|
|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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 16, 2012 9:35 am|
The State Department has taken action against one of its employees, Peter Van Buren, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes is in retaliation for criticism of the State Department’s reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Here’s an “unauthorized” interview with Van Buren.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:00 pm|
The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and New York Times all in the span of twenty-four hours managed to speak with sources that confirmed an international sting operation had been unfolding. But we don’t know who leaked the story or why, and thus have no way of judging its entire credibility.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 8, 2012 11:15 am|
In a recent segment from Current TV‘s show “Viewpoint,” host Eliot Spitzer interviewed three National Security Agency whistleblowers: William Binney, a former technical director; Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst; and Thomas Drake, a former senior official. Each man talked about what he saw the NSA do when they were employees. Each of these whistleblowers directly explained [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 7, 2012 12:40 pm|
A nonprofit watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), obtained a report through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that concludes officials in the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General are guilty of “persistent sloppiness and a systematic disregard for Pentagon rules meant to protect those who report fraud, abuses, and the waste [...]