Dissenters’ Digest for February 2013
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look at last month’s top stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
Clear Conscience: U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges against him, offering a 35-page testimonial explaining why he released hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and other evidence of government misconduct to Wikileaks in January 2010.
Guilty of Purging Evidence: Former Special Counsel Scott Bloch pled guilty to erasing 3 government computers that may have contained whistleblower disclosures, retaliation complaints, and other sensitive memos. The charge may involve up to six months in jail.
30 Months in Prison: Ex-CIA spy John Kiriakou reported to prison to begin a 30-month sentence for disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA agent. Kiriakou came to prominence in 2007 for publicly reporting about the CIA’s torture program.
Below the Fold:
- The Justice Department joined Floyd Landis’ whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong.
- The whistleblower film SILENCED is in post-production, but questions loom whether the film will address certain inconvenient facts about its subjects.
- A White House memo directing national security agencies to identify civil service jobs that should be stripped of civil service protections is worrying good government advocates.
- The Justice Department considered input from good government groups that urged it to reform the FBI’s internal whistleblower protection processes.
- Senator Chuck Grassley criticized the Internal Revenue Service for attempting to neuter its whistleblower program, in contravention of congressional intent.
- The Office of Special Counsel urged the Merit Systems Protection Board to apply the newly-enacted Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act to a case that arose before the bill passed, citing the WPEA’s remedial purpose in protecting whistleblowers.