Spies, News Agencies, Wiretaps and Whistleblowers
The Trump administration’s new crackdown on government leaks could be used to go after journalists, says Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net
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’
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
Former NSA whistleblower William Binney says the August release of NSA source code might be tied to the arrest of Harold Thomas Martin
At an event honoring CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, attendees say surveillance is not being used for legitimate security needs, but to protect state power
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
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
SOA National Organizer Hendrick Voss says this is another instance of abuse of anti-terrorism legislation by the FBI
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
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
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.
Kirk Wiebe says the Senate is not challenging the authority that allows bulk collection of phone records
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.
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.
Emptywheel.net’s Marcy Wheeler discusses a US court of appeals court ruling that paves the way for challenging bulk metadata collection
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