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Spies, News Agencies, Wiretaps and Whistleblowers

"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

  March 10, 2018

Whistleblowers: Congress Has Entrenched the Surveillance State
Two former whistleblowers -- Thomas Drake of the NSA and Colleen Rowley of the FBI -- say the new bi-partisan FISA spying law opens the way to widespread privacy violations and government abuses

  January 18, 2018

#TheAssistance: Democrats Hand Trump Warrantless Spying
Fifty-five House Democrats, including #Resistance stalwarts, have joined Republicans to give Trump's NSA broad warrantless surveillance powers. The Senate is likely to follow. We speak to Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

  January 17, 2018

White House Crackdown on Leaks Targets the Media
The Trump administration's new crackdown on government leaks could be used to go after journalists, says Marcy Wheeler of

  August 5, 2017

Whistleblower Advocates: Stop Targeting the Messenger
In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken on a much more aggressive tone towards whistleblowers and groups like Wikileaks, calling them 'hostile intelligence services' and saying that Julian Assange's arrest is a 'priority'

  May 1, 2017

Wikileaks CIA Docs Suggest Gov. Hides Knowledge of Security Vulnerabilities from Tech Industry
The CIA and NSA are engaged in the same kind of hacking that politicians and the media excoriate the Russians for doing, says journalist Marcy Wheeler

  March 9, 2017

New UK Secrecy Laws Include Harsh Sentences For Journalists Working With Whistleblowers
Open Rights Group's Executive Director Jim Killock says PM Theresa May has demonstrated a preference to defend the right to government secrecy over the right to a free press

  March 3, 2017

A New Snowden?
Former NSA whistleblower William Binney says the August release of NSA source code might be tied to the arrest of Harold Thomas Martin

  October 6, 2016

Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent
At an event honoring CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, attendees say surveillance is not being used for legitimate security needs, but to protect state power

  September 28, 2016

Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower?
The US government relies on public ignorance in order to threaten the privacy of tens of millions of people around the world, and Snowden exposed that, says Naureen Shah of Amnesty International USA

  September 15, 2016

Wife of Ex-CIA Agent to Obama: 'Pardon My Husband'
Holly Sterling, the wife of imprisoned CIA whistleblower, presented a petition at the National Press Club Wednesday morning that asks President Obama to pardon her husband

  February 18, 2016

FBI Spied on School of Americas Watch
SOA National Organizer Hendrick Voss says this is another instance of abuse of anti-terrorism legislation by the FBI

  November 13, 2015

'Ed Snowden of Banking' Refuses to Appear in Swiss Trial
After Herve Falciani leaked more than 100,000 HSBC account records of tax evaders to government tax agencies, the Swiss government has been on a witch hunt says economist James Henry

  November 1, 2015

EU Passes Resolution to Protect Edward Snowden from Prosecution
Marcy Wheeler of says European governments still have to adopt and implement the resolution that whistleblower Edward Snowden is calling a "game changer"

  October 30, 2015

CIA Whistleblower's Wife Asks Obama for Husband's Pardon
CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's wife, Holly Sterling, breaks her silence and says her husband was wrongly convicted under the Espionage Act after going through government channels to blow the whistle

  October 16, 2015

An NSA Whistleblower's Guide to Encryption
Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act as ersatz reform and how the public can take matters into their own hands by encrypting their phones and computers.

  July 6, 2015

NSA Whistleblower: No Real NSA Reforms Being Considered by Senate
Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records

  May 21, 2015

NSA Metadata Collection Reined in by the House
Former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe says the original USA Freedom Act after the Snowden disclosures was much better than what is being considered today.

  May 14, 2015

Possible CIA Crime Revealed in Sterling Trial
David Swanson says CIA inadvertently revealed a dark side of its operations in Iran and Iraq in the Sterling trial.

  May 13, 2015

CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press
Investigative reporter Marcy Wheeler says former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling's sentence highlights the double standard of punishment for whistleblowers and Obama insiders like former CIA Director David Petraeus.

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