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  March 10, 2018

"War, Journalism and Whistleblowers": Thomas Drake, Katharine Gun, Matthew Hoh, Jesselyn Radack

This press conference took place in London the day before the 15th anniversary of the Observer's publication of the 2003 story "US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war" -- based on a leak by GCHQ linguist and analyst Katharine Gun -- revealing the NSA's UN surveillance memo that aimed to grease the way for the Iraq invasion
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Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, computer software expert, linguist, management and leadership specialist, and whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that he 'mishandled' documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history. His defenders claim that he was instead being persecuted for challenging the Trailblazer Project.

Matthew Hoh later was in the Iraq War as a US Marine and then became a US State Department official before resigning in protest of the war in Afghanistan.

Jesselyn Radack was a whistleblower at the US Department of Justice in connection with the "war on terror" before becoming a national security and human rights attorney representing Drake as well as Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers.


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