Tag: Whistleblower

Obama Administration Charges Most Whistleblowers in US History

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama’s administration has charged almost three times more whistleblowers than the rest US administrations all together, according to Reporters Without Borders’s report issued on Thursday. “No fewer than 8 whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning, have been charged under the Espionage Act

James Risen on NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden: He Sparked a New National Debate on Surveillance

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New York Times investigative reporter James Risen faces jail time if he refuses to name a whistleblowing source, but he insists the actual whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden, are “much more courageous that we reporters are.” Risen won a Pulitzer Prize

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

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Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple

‘Five Eyes’ surveillance pact should be published, Strasbourg court told

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The secret “Five Eyes” treaty that authorises intelligence sharing between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be published, according to an appeal lodged on Tuesday at the European court of human rights. The application by Privacy International

Switzerland ‘won’t extradite Snowden’ in return for NSA testimony

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Switzerland has reportedly decided it will not extradite National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US if he comes to testify against the NSA’s spying activities, Swiss media said. In the document, titled “What rules are to be followed

Snowden’s Russian Asylum Expired At Midnight On Thursday

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is awaiting an extension on his asylum status in Russia, which expired at midnight on Thursday, but will stay on in the country while the authorities review his appeal. His whereabouts in the country are not

Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens

I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks and presentations on the

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

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Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

Intelligence security initiatives have chilling effect on federal whistleblowers, critics say

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In early April, Sen. Charles E. Grassley summoned FBI officials to his Capitol Hill office. He said he wanted them to explain how a program designed to uncover internal security threats would at the same time protect whistleblowers who wanted

Before Snowden: The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil

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Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. He then became one of its leading whistleblowers. Now 70 and on crutches, both legs lost to diabetes, Binney recalls the July morning

Your Naked Photos are a “Fringe Benefit” for NSA Employees

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that nude images they find during their surveillance of American citizens are a “fringe benefit” for NSA employees, who allegedly pass along explicit photographs of strangers to their coworkers. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the

Your Naked Photos are a “Fringe Benefit” for NSA Employees

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that nude images they find during their surveillance of American citizens are a “fringe benefit” for NSA employees, who allegedly pass along explicit photographs of strangers to their coworkers. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the

Snowden live: whistleblower testifies by video link at ‘mass surveillance’ hearing

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“Edward Snowden has triggered a massive public debate on privacy in the internet age” said Pieter Omtzigt, Netherlands EPP. “Among other things, we hope to ask him what his revelations mean for ordinary users, how they should try to protect

Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament

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The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum and security to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower. The parliament's civil liberties committee is to vote on more than 500 amendments to

EU Inquiry into Electronic Mass Surveillance draws its conclusions

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For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s

Snowden showed us we are sleepwalking into Orwellian horror – ex-intelligence officer say

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The art of espionage has changed – the internet has given the surveillance agencies unprecedented capabilities to snoop at anyone, anywhere. On the other side are the whistleblowers, to whom World Web has given the chance to see what is

Barack Obama seeks to limit EU fallout over US spying claims

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Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of US agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade

Canada ‘spy’ sold US, Australia, UK secrets

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SYDNEY (AFP) – A Canadian naval officer arrested this year for allegedly leaking secrets may also have compromised top level Australian, British and American intelligence, a report said Wednesday. Jeffrey Delisle, a naval intelligence officer, was charged in Canada in