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Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life


The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE

‘Top Secret’ Clinton Emails Include Discussion of Drone Operation


Two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server that a federal auditor deemed “top secret” include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone strike and a conversation that could inappropriately point toward highly classified material, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’


In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says


German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?


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The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Will Obama’s Speech Mention That the NSA Collects Billions of Text Messages?


White House/Pete Souza

Leaks reveal more insight into the NSA and GCHQ and the collection of nearly 200 million text messages a day.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE

Wikipedia Will Keep Its Servers in the U.S.—For Now


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Should the world’s busiest curator of information relocate its databanks to another country in light of the NSA hacking revelations?

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE

Would Holder Prosecute Greenwald? A Blurry Answer


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An inquiry by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson compelled Attorney General Eric Holder to state that “any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by [the U.S.] Justice Department.” But as civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, the assertion is riddled with caveats.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE

The Government Leakers Who Truly Endanger America Will Never Face Prosecution


Officials leak secrets compulsively to advance careers or justify wars and are far more threatening to national security than Edward Snowden.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE

Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore’


The Guardian columnist broke another major story about the NSA on Wednesday, this one detailing an Internet surveillance program that allows the powerful agency to spy on the emails, Web chats and search histories of millions of Americans without prior authorization.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE

Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World


Bradley Manning will be sentenced on Wednesday, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage. Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions, that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE

Bradley Manning Trial Verdict Reportedly Reached


AP/Patrick Semansky, File

Presiding judge Army Col. Denise Lind is scheduled to announce her decision Tuesday, NBC News is reporting. 

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

Prometheus Among the Cannibals


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Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE

Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum


After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE

Retired General Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak


AP/Alex Brandon

Retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former second-ranking officer in the U.S. military and influential adviser to President Obama on security matters, is the focus of an investigation into a leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE

So When Will Dick Cheney Be Charged With Espionage?

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AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

What the former vice president did in ordering his aides Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to release the information about Valerie Plame’s identity was no different from Edward Snowden’s decision to contact the press about the NSA surveillance program. And yet, Cheney mysteriously has not been charged with espionage.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE

Terror Bytes: Edward Snowden and the Architecture of Oppression


Edward Snowden revealed himself this week as the whistle-blower responsible for perhaps the most significant release of secret government documents in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers


AP/Kin Cheung

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning


AP/Patrick Semansky

With a “Nuremberg defense” and other key avenues blocked by the judge in his trial, the Army private has been left with little option but to beg for mercy from the court. The erosion of judicial protection for those who expose state crimes is a dire development.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Should Have Given Americans a Choice


AP/Evan Vucci

President Obama defended the government’s massive surveillance programs Friday, saying they “help us prevent terrorist attacks.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Tries to Downplay Surveillance Programs


White House/Pete Souza

Caught in the act of secretly spying on millions of Americans, the president is trying to minimize the damage done to his public reputation, including among his most devoted supporters.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE

More on the Exposure of the NSA Spying Program

Glenn Greenwald, the attorney and columnist for The Guardian who this week broke a story of the government’s tapping of telecommunications companies, talked with “Democracy Now!” on Friday about the “massive surveillance state” currently being revealed in unprecedented detail, and the possibility that he could be investigated for the disclosure.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Give Manning a Plea Deal


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The public may never know whether justice is properly done unless someone leaks the details of this trial about leaks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE

The False God of ‘Narrative’

I know, I know: This “confluence” of “scandals” spells “trouble” for the Obama administration. Well, sure, this has been hell week for the president. But what spells trouble for our country is our apparent eagerness to avoid debate about discrete problems by sacrificing the particulars and the facts to the idol of political narrative.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE

We Are Bradley Manning


AP/Patrick Semansky, File

His trial is not simply the persecution of a courageous whistle-blower, but a state mechanism to destroy the independence of the press and its ability to expose the power elite’s criminal activity.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE

The GOP’s Hidden Campaign Against Obama


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If the election is tight, two Republican tactics—one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer—could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pfc. Bradley Manning


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Since spring 2010, Pfc. Bradley Manning has been detained by the U.S. government on suspicion of leaking state secrets. His attorney now argues that the conditions of his detainment constitute punishment before trial.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE

‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Blasts Fox’s Judith Miller for Hypocrisy

If it’s a case of hypocrisy involving a Fox News personality, Jon Stewart is on the case.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

A Wish List Against Leaks


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The Senate Intelligence Committee this week proposed 12 provisions to the 2013 intelligence authorization bill intended to make what government does at the federal level even more secretive than it already is.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE

Government Says Manning Knew He Was ‘Aiding the Enemy’


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The U.S. government claims it has proof that Pfc. Bradley Manning knew state secrets would fall into the hands of enemies of the United States after he allegedly passed thousands of documents to the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Claims a TKO Over Visa in Iceland


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An Icelandic court gave WikiLeaks a legal boost by ruling that a company formerly run by Visa broke contract laws by blocking credit card donations to the whistle-blowing site. Visa responded by saying the ruling might not apply to its operations.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE

Roberts Switched Obamacare Vote, According to Leak


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Multiple unnamed sources confirmed that Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the conservative bloc of the court before switching his vote on health care reform, says CBS News’ Jan Crawford.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE

Leaking War


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What lies at the nexus of Obama’s targeted drone killings, his self-serving leaks, and his aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers is a president who believes himself above the law, and seems convinced that he alone has a preternatural ability to determine right from wrong.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE

No Laws, No Secrets: The Anarchist Creed of Julian Assange


AP / Akira Suemori

About the only intelligent thing the U.S. government has said to date about Julian Assange is that the man is an “anarchist.” What they don’t seem to get is that he is channeling Thomas Paine.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE

A Campaign to Smear WikiLeaks Supporters


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Internal documents of a California computer security firm obtained by pro-WikiLeaks hackers have been made available online, suggesting various ways companies can help undermine the whistle-blowing website as it prepares to release material that could prove damaging to Bank of America and other financial entities.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE

Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets


AP / David Bachar

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Calls Biden a ‘Dangerous Fool,’ Releases Egypt Leaks


According to the official WikiLeaks Twitter account, “[Vice President Joe] Biden says [Julian] Assange is a ‘terrorist’ and Mubarak is ‘no dictator’—and should not step down. Biden is a dangerous fool.” Then followed an overnight flood of tweets calling attention to fresh leaks about Egypt’s brutal regime. (more)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Waits for the Grey Ladies


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Last week, the Guardian essentially condemned itself for publishing WikiLeaks material. The incident prompted a closer examination of how WikiLeaks decides what to publish, and it turns out the organization is taking its cues from the five establishment news publications it has partnered with.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE

Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning’s Torture by Isolation


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Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking sensitive material to WikiLeaks, has been held for seven months in what Glenn Greenwald reports are “inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE

It’s No Secret: Afghanistan Is a Quagmire


U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE

Judge Silences Whistle-Blower Site

A California court has ordered Wikileaks.org, a Web site that allows users to anonymously post documents and allege corruption, to be shut down. A Swiss bank brought the case after someone using the site alleged the firm had facilitated money laundering. Wikileaks says it was “given only hours notice” of the hearing.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE

Detention for Dummies

Gitmo Qur'an
guardian.co.uk

Web site Wikileaks has uncovered a 238-page manual that addresses almost every aspect of detainees’ lives at the Guantanamo detention facility. Cooperative prisoners, for example, should be allowed three showers a week instead of two, the manual says.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE

N.Y. Times on Bush: A Bad Leak

The New York Times editorial page writes that “even a president cannot wave a wand and announce that an intelligence report is declassified.” Also, check out how Editor & Publisher handily took down the Washington Post editorial board’s defense of the leak.

Posted on Apr 16, 2006 READ MORE

Yale Both Stonewalls and Attacks on Taliban Student Issue

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In the wake of The New York Times Magazine’s cover story on the former Taliban official attending Yale, alumni are setting up protest websites designed to hurt fundraising efforts. Yale mostly won’t talk, but one university official responded by calling the critics “retarded.” (Hat tip: Huff Po)

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE

White House Opens Efforts Against Media Leaks

Bush & Co. have launched FBI probes, polygraph investigations and warnings from the Justice Dept. to stem leaks of classified (and non-classified) information to reporters.
Imagine if Bush were to spend an equal amount of time addressing the problems surfaced via the leaks….
Of course he never would do that, but perhaps he could ask Karl Rove what kind of information he has leaked….

Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE

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