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Truth and Lives vs. Career and Fame 20.8.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: As President Trump considers sending more troops to Afghanistan, it’s worth recalling the modern U.S. dynamic of politicians and generals making misguided judgments about war, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Fifty years ago, I could have…Read more →
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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else? 9.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
What should we call Reality Winner, the 25-year-old low-level employee for a government contractor who allegedly mailed secret intelligence files to a news organization? To federal prosecutors, she’s a criminal leaker, while others, like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , have lionized her as a whistleblower in need of support. What’s the difference?  The answer isn’t cut and dry, yet it carries huge legal consequence. Federal laws protect whistleblowers who provide evidence of government wrongdoing. But they must share the sensitive information through specific official channels to avoid arrest or reprisals at work.  Leakers, on the other hand, can become targets for prosecution for mishandling classified information. Not all leak are crimes, however. Sharing unclassified materials — such as former FBI Director James Comey did with some of his memos about his private conversations with President Donald Trump — is not illegal, experts say.  Reality Winner is a leaker, according to the U.S. Attorney’s ...
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Trump Administration Follows Obama Template In Targeting Journalists’ Sources 7.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The announcement of charges Monday against a federal contractor for allegedly leaking a top secret National Security Agency document to a news website is giving journalists flashbacks to leaker prosecutions under President Barack Obama . The charges,  tweeted  New York Times reporter Scott Shane, followed “the precedent of Obama, whose administration set the record for leak prosecutions.” Adam Goldman, a Times colleague who had his phone records secretly seized  during a 2012 leak investigation, asked whether President Donald Trump would top the number of leak prosecutions set during the previous administration. First Amendment attorney James Goodale believes so. “I suspect the Trump administration will surpass the record set by Obama for his eight years,” Goodale, who represented The New York Times against the Nixon administration in the landmark Pentagon Papers case , told HuffPost.   Ever since Trump won the Republican nomination for president, journalists have feared he would not just continue the ...
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Margaret Sullivan: Don’t jail leakers and reporters. Honor them 5.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Ever since taking office, President Donald Trump has been condemning leaks, leakers and the journalists they leak to. “I’ve actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks,” Trump said in February. “Those are criminal leaks.” Only days after he took office — as we know from a leak — Trump asked then FBI-Director James Comey to consider jailing journalists who publish government secrets. And just a few days ago, Trump again ranted about leakers who “should be prosecuted to the fulle... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
The Trump/Obama ‘Leak War’ 18.3.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
“Leaks” can be whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, but many actually are government agencies manipulating the public or punishing enemies, as is playing out in today’s Trump/Obama “leak war,” says Rick Sterling. By Rick Sterling “Hacking” and “leaking” can be either…Read more →
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Is the Vault 7 Source a Whistleblower? 15.3.2017 Truthout.com
It is the leakiest of times in the Executive Branch. Last week,  Wikileaks published  a massive and, by all accounts genuine, trove of documents revealing that the CIA has been stockpiling, and lost control of, hacking tools it uses against targets. Particularly noteworthy were the revelations that the CIA developed a tool to hack Samsung TVs and turn them into recording devices and that the CIA worked to infiltrate both Apple and Google smart phone operating systems since it could not break encryption. No one in government has challenged the authenticity of the documents disclosed. We do not know the identity of the source or sources, nor can we be 100% certain of his or her motivations.  Wikileaks writes  that the source sent a statement that policy questions "urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA's hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency" and that the source "wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, ...
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The Misguided ‘Vault 7’ Whodunit 14.3.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
  Typically, the mainstream U.S. media responds to a major leak of U.S. intelligence secrets as a whodunit search for the leaker rather than focus on the troubling disclosures, as Jesselyn Radack notes after the “Vault 7” release. By Jesselyn…Read more →
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Is the Vault 7 Source a Whistleblower? 14.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Jesselyn Radack

It is the leakiest of times in the Executive Branch. Last week, Wikileaks published a massive and, by all accounts genuine, trove of documents revealing that the CIA has been stockpiling, and lost control of, hacking tools it uses against targets. Particularly noteworthy were the revelations that the CIA developed a tool to hack Samsung TVs and turn them into recording devices and that the CIA worked to infiltrate both Apple and Google smart phone operating systems since it could not break encryption.

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Snowden, Ellsberg Issue Heartfelt Support for Almost-Free Chelsea Manning 18.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President Barack Obama's commutation Tuesday of Chelsea Manning's 35-year prison sentence brought about ecstatic reactions from the whistleblower's supporters, who have waged a campaign for her freedom for years.

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Chelsea Manning, Whose Leaks Helped Expose Military Criminality, Asks Obama to Reduce Her Sentence 14.11.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has formally petitioned President Barack Obama to reduce her sentence to the six years she's already served.

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Chelsea Manning asks Obama to commute sentence to time served: NYT 14.11.2016 Iraq
U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, has asked the Obama administration to commute her remaining sentence to the time she has already served, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Manning made the request in a Nov. 10 petition to President Obama, a copy of which the Times obtained from Manning's attorney. In the statement, Manning assumed responsibility for her actions, saying they were wrong, but said her life was in turmoil at the time of the ...
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Chelsea Manning asks Obama for reduced sentence: report 14.11.2016 Yahoo: Politics
Imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years behind bars for leaking classified US documents, has asked President Barack Obama to reduce her sentence before he leaves office, reports said. Originally called Bradley, Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning, who has already spent half a dozen years in prison, said she is not asking for a pardon and understands that the conviction will stay on her record, according to a statement accompanying the petition, which was published by the New York Times on ...
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Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike 11.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning has begun a hunger strike to protest her treatment at the prison where she is serving out a 35-year sentence for leaking a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
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Supporters protest WikiLeaks mole charges after suicide attempt 11.8.2016 Zee News : World
Originally called Bradley, Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
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Ramstein: A Key Link in the Kill Chain 14.7.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
As the U.S. military relies more and more on remote-controlled drones to kill people half a world away, one of the key links in the chain of death is in southwest Germany, the Ramstein Air Base, reports Norman Solomon for…Read more →
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Whistleblowers and Leak Activists Face Powerful Elites in Struggle to Control Information 13.4.2016 Truthout.com
The  Panama Papers  have brought the powerful role of whistleblowers back into the public consciousness. Several years after WikiLeaks'  Cablegate  and the  Snowden revelations , the next big leak has not only  caused the downfall of Iceland's prime minister  (with others possibly to follow), but has demonstrated that the practice of exposing hidden information is very much alive. The struggle over controlling this kind of information is one of the great conflicts of our times. It might seem that such leaks are rare. WikiLeaks' publication in 2010 of the  Iraq and Afghanistan war diaries  and of US diplomatic cables brought major political repercussions, but public interest in WikiLeaks has fallen since. Whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 about mass surveillance programmes by US and British intelligence services returned the power of the leak to the spotlight, triggering new legislation in the UK in the form of the  Investigatory Powers Bill . But no mass movement of whistleblowers ...
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Panama Papers leak signals a shift in journalism 11.4.2016 Latest News
The deep data sets that are making these revelations possible are presenting new conundrums for reporters and editors
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How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History 4.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History
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Around 500 signatories, including Nobel Prize winners, ask UK to release Julian Assange 1.3.2016 FirstPost: World

Around 500 of the world’s leading human rights experts have called on the governments of Sweden and the UK to ensure the freedom of Julian Assange.

The post Around 500 signatories, including Nobel Prize winners, ask UK to release Julian Assange appeared first on Firstpost.

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Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: A Conversation Between John Cusack and Arundhati Roy 16.11.2015 Truthout.com
John Cusack imagined a conversation between Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. And then, in his imagination a third person made her way into the room - the writer Arundhati Roy. It then occurred to Cusack that trying to get the three of them together would be a fine thing to do. As US Marines search a bazaar in Garmser District for weapons, a sack of material ignites, injuring a marine and sending smoke into the sky on June 2, 2008. (Tyler Hicks / The New York Times) "Every nation-state tends towards the imperial - that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top. Still it should be said of the political left, we expect something better. And correctly. We put more trust in those who show a measure of compassion, who denounce the hideous social arrangements that make war inevitable and human desire omnipresent; which fosters corporate selfishness, panders to appetites ...
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