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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17 Feb 2020

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Asks Trump To Commute Her Prison Sentence

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner submitted a petition for a commutation of her prison sentence. “The continued imprisonment of Reality Leigh Winner serves no social or preventative purpose,” the petition declares. “Her continued incarceration is costly, unnecessary to protect the public, burdensome to her health and well-being, and not commensurate with the severity of her offense.”

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14 Feb 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Alleged ‘Vault 7’ Materials Leaker On Trial, Interior Department Whistleblower Reinstated

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola highlights the trial against alleged CIA leaker Joshua Schulte, who the government claims provided “Vault 7” materials to WikiLeaks.

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23 Jan 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Sham Charge Against Glenn Greenwald—Plus, US Prosecutors Argue First Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Assange

On “Dissenter Weekly,” we cover sham charge against Glenn Greenwald in Brazil and how US prosecutors think First Amendment doesn’t apply to Julian Assange.

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21 Jan 2020

Anti-LGBT Bolsonaro Government Targets Glenn Greenwald With Criminal Charge For Exposing Their Corruption

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a co-founder of The Intercept, was charged with a cyber crime by the right-wing government of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.

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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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FBI seal. (Photo by groovysoup on Flickr)
18 Oct 2018

Whistleblower Who Challenged FBI’s Profiling And Informant Recruitment Practices Is Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Former FBI special agent Terry Albury was sentenced to four years in prison for retaining and releasing documents to a media outlet on the FBI’s racial profiling, surveillance, and informant recruitment practices. He accepted an agreement in April, where he pled guilty to two counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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21 Jun 2018

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Will Accept Plea Agreement

National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner, who was charged with violating the Espionage Act when she released an NSA report on alleged Russian hacking of voter registration systems, will accept a plea agreement. Winner is scheduled to formally change her plea to guilty on June 26 in a federal court

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President Donald Trump. Photo via White House on Flickr.
08 Jun 2018

Picking Up Where Obama’s War On Leaks Left Off: Trump Justice Department Seizes Reporters’ Records

Trump Justice Department seized communication records of New York Times reporter and other journalists, marking a continuation of Obama’s war on leaks.

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FBI seal. (Photo by groovysoup on Flickr)
29 Mar 2018

Notes On The Trump Justice Department’s Second Major Leak Prosecution

Local news media in Minnesota reported that FBI special agent Terry Albury was charged with violating the Espionage Act when he allegedly disclosed documents to the Intercept. He apparently pled guilty and took responsibility for his alleged actions. Albury is the second person who made disclosures to the press to

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