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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War


If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE
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Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free


The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

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From Edward Snowden to Julian Assange: Filmmaker Laura Poitras Takes On Another Renegade in ‘Risk’

“Citizenfour” director Poitras returns with “Risk,” a film about WikiLeaks founder Assange, and becomes a target by association.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It


Democratic lawmakers demand an investigation into the former national security adviser’s talks with Russia.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Pens Thank-You to Fellow Inmates


“When I was afraid, you taught me how to keep going,” the whistleblower wrote. “When I was lost, you showed me the way.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 READ MORE

The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment


President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

‘Informed Rant’: Trump’s Cabinet, Chelsea Manning’s Commutation and Poverty

On this week’s “Informed Rant,” Joshua Scheer speaks with Shadowproof journalist Kevin Gosztola, lawyer and author Chase Madar and screenwriter and author Ruth Fowler.

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Edward Snowden: ‘Faith in Elected Leaders’ Is a Mistake Americans Keep Making

Speaking via video conference from Russia, the NSA whistleblower explains how past U.S. covert actions have led to a lack of accountability today.

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Long Ordeal of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning


The WikiLeaks whistleblower has now served seven years of her sentence, experiencing extraordinary hardship as a person seeking gender-reassignment treatment while imprisoned by the U.S. military.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Discredited Former New York Times Reporter Disregards Her Own Record While Smearing Chelsea Manning


Judith Miller says the whistleblower cost American lives. She’s one to talk.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

Obama Should Have Worked to Repeal the Espionage Act in Addition to Commuting Manning’s Sentence


The commutation, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence


The whistleblower, originally set to be released in 2045, will now be freed on May 17.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Is on Obama’s ‘Short List’ for Commutation, DOJ Source Says


Manning, whose leaks exposed evidence of war crimes, has already served more time in prison than any other whistleblower in U.S. history.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE

Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State


At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

‘Hold Fast to the Causes of the Oppressed’: Chris Hedges Speaks at Jill Stein Rally in Philadelphia

The columnist’s speech Saturday was part of a final campaign event for the Green Party presidential candidate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Iceland’s Pirate Party Founder


Her devotion to social change and progressive causes helped her party triple its number of seats in the country’s recent parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE

‘The Source’ Delves Deeply Into the Tale of Chelsea Manning


Now playing in Los Angeles, the oratorio by Ted Hearne patches the whistleblower’s story together using songs, video, Twitter feeds, cable news reports, testimony and transcripts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Military Officials Sentence Chelsea Manning to 14 Days in Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt


“I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely,” said Manning.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Justice for Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden


A radical defense of the human and political rights of Manning and Snowden should not be limited to only the known views and statements of such whistleblowers.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning to Answer Charges Stemming From Suicide Attempt


The whistleblower faces an Army disciplinary board Thursday for interfering with the “good order” of the prison where she is being held.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Should President Obama Pardon Whistleblowers?


The current presidential candidates have expressed opinions about the punishment of whistleblowers, with ideas ranging from execution to full pardons. In light of renewed debate over the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, we want to hear what you think.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Goes on Hunger Strike as Her Prison Pleas Are Ignored


“I need help. I am not getting any,” the incarcerated WikiLeaks whistleblower wrote in a statement released Friday as she began her protest against “bullying by prison and U.S. government.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero


In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning: ‘Miscast in the Play of Life,’ I Spent a Day in Public as a Woman


“I’d long known I was a woman, but I’d been afraid, and a bit embarrassed, to appear publicly as myself before this,” wrote the incarcerated whistleblower.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. to Punish Chelsea Manning After Suicide Attempt in July

Manning’s attorney (pictured) said officials are arranging further miserable conditions for the convicted leaker, including solitary confinement and indefinite detention.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chelsea Manning Facing Punishment After Suicide Attempt


The whistleblower could be subject to indefinite solitary confinement and may lose any chance of parole if the Army convicts her of what the ACLU calls “administrative offenses.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE

A WikiLeaks Editor Talks About Julian Assange, National Security and Protecting Whistleblowers

Sarah Harrison, investigations editor at WikiLeaks, gave an exclusive interview to acTVism to discuss attempts to extradite her colleague, Julian Assange, and how international law interacts with national surveillance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers


Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning: ‘Insider Threat’ Program Seeks to Identify Next Government Whistleblower


The U.S. government is investigating thousands of its employees (whom it has placed under permanent surveillance) for signs of “greed,” “ego,” money worries, disgruntlement or other problems—all in the hope of preventing the next big leak, a document obtained by whistleblower Chelsea Manning reveals.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Pens Document Condemning Secret Surveillance Court System


Her 129-page document proposes “concrete” solutions to the rampant and unchecked violations of privacy and civil liberties by the U.S. government.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers


History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Found Guilty of Violating Prison Rules, Given Restrictions


The good news is that convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn’t facing solitary confinement for an indefinite stretch of time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Could Face Solitary for Possessing Caitlyn Jenner Issue of Vanity Fair (Updated)


In addition to the magazine, the U.S. Army soldier serving a 35-year military prison sentence for leaking official secrets has been threatened with solitary confinement for having an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell, her lawyers and supporters say.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges: In Extreme Times, ‘Liberals Are a Dead Force’ (Part 1 of 3)

On The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the significance of Thomas Paine, why we did not carry out an American “Revolution,” and three reasons why liberals cannot “propel resistance forward.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning


Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning: SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Rule Out Need for LGBT Movement


In an essay published in The Guardian after the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Chelsea Manning traced the arc of progress on the issue of LGBT rights, starting from the moment California’s controversial Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 to Friday’s stunning SCOTUS victory.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Whistleblower John Kiriakou


The former CIA agent has seen his life ripped apart by the government because he revealed CIA torture. However, he continues to stand up for truth and humaneness and against a system that views all of us as undiscovered felons. 

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

A Nation of Snitches


All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE

Why U.S. Public Higher Education No Longer Actually Exists


Cuts to American education, combined with other factors, have made it no longer accurate to call higher education public; a court has ruled that the data on your cellphone is actually the property of your carrier; meanwhile, Chelsea Manning makes a case for “increasing freedom of information and transparency” in the U.S. These items and more inside.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Deaths


Five years ago Monday, 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig—despite Manning’s effort to save their lives. Let me explain.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE

The California Water Crisis Isn’t About Lifestyle—It’s About Crops


There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?


When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Military’s Denying Chelsea Manning Treatment for Gender Dysphoria, So She’s Suing


The valiant WikiLeaks whistle-blower is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and though Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “greenlit ‘rudimentary’ treatment” for the private’s gender identity disorder, the military has continually denied Manning hormone therapy and surgery, according to her legal complaint.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning: ‘Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated by Bombs and Bullets’


The WikiLeaks whistle-blower and United States Army intelligence analyst offers an alternative plan to President Obama’s approach to IS insurgents currently terrorizing the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?


(AP/Patrick Semansky)

Laws are bad when they don’t do what they are meant to and even worse when they cause harm instead.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE

Chelsea Manning Given Go-Ahead to Legally Change Her Name


Wednesday was an “exciting day” for Chelsea Manning, who was granted the right to a legal name change by a judge in Kansas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE

Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet


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After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

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