Spies, News Agencies, Wiretaps and Whistleblowers

White House Crackdown on Leaks Targets the Media

August 5, 2017

The Trump administration’s new crackdown on government leaks could be used to go after journalists, says Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net

Whistleblower Advocates: Stop Targeting the Messenger

May 1, 2017

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’

Wikileaks CIA Docs Suggest Gov. Hides Knowledge of Security Vulnerabilities from Tech Industry

March 9, 2017

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

New UK Secrecy Laws Include Harsh Sentences For Journalists Working With Whistleblowers

March 3, 2017

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

A New Snowden?

October 6, 2016

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

Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent

September 28, 2016

At an event honoring CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, attendees say surveillance is not being used for legitimate security needs, but to protect state power

Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower?

September 15, 2016

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

Wife of Ex-CIA Agent to Obama: ‘Pardon My Husband’

February 18, 2016

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

FBI Spied on School of Americas Watch

November 13, 2015

SOA National Organizer Hendrick Voss says this is another instance of abuse of anti-terrorism legislation by the FBI

‘Ed Snowden of Banking’ Refuses to Appear in Swiss Trial

November 1, 2015

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

EU Passes Resolution to Protect Edward Snowden from Prosecution

October 30, 2015

Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel.net says European governments still have to adopt and implement the resolution that whistleblower Edward Snowden is calling a “game changer”

CIA Whistleblower’s Wife Asks Obama for Husband’s Pardon

October 16, 2015

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

An NSA Whistleblower’s Guide to Encryption

July 6, 2015

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.

NSA Whistleblower: No Real NSA Reforms Being Considered by Senate

May 21, 2015

Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records

NSA Metadata Collection Reined in by the House

May 14, 2015

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.

Possible CIA Crime Revealed in Sterling Trial

May 13, 2015

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

CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press

May 11, 2015

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.

Court Finds NSA Spying Illegal

May 7, 2015

Emptywheel.net’s Marcy Wheeler discusses a US court of appeals court ruling that paves the way for challenging bulk metadata collection

CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Convicted of Espionage

January 27, 2015

Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler says Sterling faces decades in prison for leaking details of a botched CIA operation against Iran’s nuclear program

CIA Whistleblower Faces Decades in Prison for Exposing Botched CIA Plan

January 7, 2015

Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, says Jeffrey Sterling and other whistleblowers have leaked classified information against the interests of the ruling elite, but in the interest of democracy