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Robert Scheer on the New Cold War and ‘Faux Redbaiting’ (Video)

The Truthdig editor in chief sits down with “Watching the Hawks” co-host Sean Stone to discuss foreign policy under President Trump, the demonization of Russia and media bias.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE

Government Monitoring: You Have the Right to Be Watched (Audio & Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (pictured) discuss the demise of privacy online, safe drinking water and other topics in this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.” Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Nancy Hollander, Chelsea Manning’s Attorney


The greatest victory of the week does not belong to Donald Trump, but to Manning and to Hollander, who never stopped fighting for justice.

Posted on Jan 22, 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

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

Top WikiLeaks Editor: Democrats Should Be Happy About the Organization’s Commitment to Transparency


Writing in The New York Times, Sarah Harrison defended the publication against accusations that it “abett[ed] the candidacy of Donald J. Trump by publishing … information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its influence over the Democratic National Committee.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide


Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 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

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Appears to Have Suffered a Heart Attack in Prison


CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has battled to get adequate medical care while in federal prison. He doesn’t have the luxury of time. He needs help immediately.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein: ‘If Elected President I Will Immediately Pardon Edward Snowden’


Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is promising, if she is elected, to pardon the NSA whistleblower, whose revelation of secret government spying ruled illegal by federal judges “was among the most important in US history.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

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

When Robert Scheer and John Kiriakou Talked Government Double Standards (Audio)

By John Kiriakou

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state, it raises the question: Does the government hold a double standard on matters of classification? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discussed the issue with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on a past episode of “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 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

The U.S. Is Building a Database to Identify Potential Whistleblowers


According to a report by Think Progress, the military is working on a data analysis system to track down government employees and contractors who may leak state secrets.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE

Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State


The former U.S. attorney general’s sudden appreciation of Snowden is hypocritical.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE

Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak


The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program


In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE

How the Government Made Me a Dissident


Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter


The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone


Members of America’s spy agency don’t even learn the rules.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: News of Anonymous’ Online Campaign Against the KKK Takes a Turn (Updated)

Updated: The “hacktivist” group has disclaimed any participation in the release Sunday and Monday of data regarding the personal information of KKK members.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Whistleblowers in Canada Could Receive Awards Exceeding $1 Million for Exposing Corporate Wrongdoing


A formal policy is being unveiled by the Ontario Securities Commission to encourage those in the know to help ferret out white-collar crime.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

WikiLeaks Publishes Emails It Claims Were Hacked From CIA Chief’s Personal Account


The whistleblowing site has published a number of emails related to intelligence projects allegedly written by CIA chief John Brennan.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden


The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: Clinton Made ‘False Claim’ About Whistleblower Protection


The former government contractor accused Hillary Clinton of “a lack of political courage” for asserting that he bypassed options for disclosing illegal government spying programs that would have granted him whistleblower protections.

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 READ MORE

European Authorities Ask America to Let Edward Snowden Come Home to a Fair Trial


The Council of Europe declared its support of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday and called on the European Union to offer whistleblowers asylum from “retaliation in their home countries.”

Posted on Jun 25, 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

AUDIO: Whistleblower John Kiriakou to Robert Scheer: Whistleblowers ‘Are Not Alone’

By John Kiriakou

The U.S. government is out to “ruin” people who expose official wrongoing “in every conceivable way,” says John Kiriakou in an interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Kiriakou is a 14-year CIA veteran who was jailed for confirming that the U.S. government tortured prisoners via waterboarding.

Posted on May 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou


One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

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Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It


A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage


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Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Snowden and His New Bid for Freedom

“Democracy Now!” speaks to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has lived as a political prisoner for more than two years, in what the show says is the first time a U.S. news program has entered his place of refuge.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Guardian Launches ‘SecureDrop’ System for Whistle-Blowers


A year to the day after The Guardian first reported on NSA leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper launched a service for whistle-blowers to securely submit confidential documents to its reporters.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

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Book Excerpt: How I Met Edward Snowden


On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

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‘The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome’


In December, the Japanese government rammed through parliament a law that would let the government alone decide what state secrets are and throw civil employees who divulge them in jail for up to 10 years, while journalists could get five years, Ralph Nader writes at CounterPunch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE

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Jon Stewart: ‘These [NSA] Reforms Are Weak, but Don’t Worry, They’ll Never Take Effect’

“The Daily Show” host offers a hilariously annotated version of President Obama’s long-winded, contradictory speech on the surveillance state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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