06 Mar 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Espionage Act Reform Unveiled To Protect Journalists, Whistleblower Disclosures

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” we break down reform legislation that would help ensure the Espionage Act is no longer used against journalists. It would also expand protections for whistleblower disclosures. The rights of members of the press that “solicit, obtain, or publish government secrets” would be protected

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05 Mar 2020

Espionage Act Reform Bill Would Protect Journalists Like Julian Assange

Under legislation proposed in Congress, the United States government would not be able to prosecute journalists like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who publish classified information. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ro Khanna introduced the Espionage Act Reform Act to reaffirm “First Amendment protections for journalists” and ensure “whistleblowers can

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Seal for the Department of Justice. Image via Department of Justice.
05 Nov 2019

Former CIA Employee Who Allegedly Disclosed ‘Vault 7’ Files To WikiLeaks Challenges Espionage Act Charges

Former CIA employee Josh Schulte, who is accused of leaking the “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks, urged a federal court to rule the Espionage Act is unconstitutional and dismiss the charges against him.

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Ecuadorian Embassy Standoff - Front Entrance (Jaggers on Flickr)
09 Oct 2019

Journalists Who Visited Julian Assange Targeted By Company Spying On CIA’s Behalf

Spanish security company took apart phones of journalists visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, shared reports with CIA.

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Julian Assange. Photo by Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina (culturaargentina) on Flickr.
07 Oct 2019

CIA Spying Against Julian Assange Is Latest Revelation In Years-Long Campaign

Kevin Gosztola looked back at the history between the CIA and WikiLeaks, and the agency’s long-held view of the dissident media organization as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”

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23 Sep 2019

Government Moves To Block Alleged Drone Whistleblower’s Defense In Espionage Act Case

The Espionage Act prosecution of alleged drone whistleblower Daniel Hale raises the specter of additional people being targeted by the law.

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12 Sep 2019

The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where Presidential Candidates Stand

The New York Times asks each 2020 presidential candidate whether they support the charges against Julian Assange and if they believed they were constitutional.

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FBI Director James Comey. Photo by FBI.
29 Aug 2019

Former FBI Director James Comey Saved By America’s Two-Tiered Justice System Of Prosecuting Leaks

When former FBI director James Comey retained, mishandled, and disseminated certain memos from his meetings with President Donald Trump, he violated FBI and Justice Department policies, as well as the FBI employment agreement he signed, according to the department’s inspector general. However, the inspector general did not recommend prosecution for

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29 May 2019

Unraveling The Justice Department’s Conspiracy Theory Against Julian Assange

Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed the Justice Department is relying on a theory of the case, which was concocted and partly tested during Chelsea Manning’s military trial. The theory adopts the CIA’s viewpoint, which is that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” and suggests Assange

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Photo by Tim Evanson on Flickr.
23 May 2019

In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist

To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists

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