The FBI’s effort to crackdown on leaks fits a larger trend in national security agencies, since WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden
President Trump ordered the Justice Department to look into “criminal leaks,” suggesting there would be penalties for unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
Members of Congress called attention to Trump administration directives that create chilling effect against whistleblowers.
A Senate report concludes FBI employees, including those in the intelligence community, “enjoy no legal protection for making reports of wrongdoing”
Manning is challenging the Army for sentencing her to serve around the same time as a soldier who believed he was selling classified information to a spy.
A federal appeals court ruled that an FBI whistleblower, who reported fraud and sexual misconduct involving prostitutes, was wrongfully terminated in 2010.