Summary: A British court decided yesterday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange can continue with his legal battle against extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations. Assange’s appeal against extradition to a British High Court in July had been denied, however, he can now appeal to the British Supreme Court.
Summary: On Friday, the attorney for Bradley Manning – the soldier accused of providing Wikileaks with classified documents – submitted a list of defense witnesses that included President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The witnesses are requested to appear at the first military hearing against Manning, set to begin December 16, which will determine whether the case should be referred to a full court martial.
Summary: The director of GAP's Climate Science Watch program, dedicated to holding politicians accountable for their use of climate change data, argues that President Obama has allowed science to be “set aside” in the debate on environmental protection.
Summary: Oil behemoth BP, which is responsible for a number of spills in addition to Deepwater Horizon, is currently entangled in a major probation hearing in Anchorage, Alaska related to one spill when it was on already on probation for a different spill. A well-known oil industry whistleblower hopes that BP finally has to face their mistakes because they are a company “that skirts the rules.”
In related news, according to CNN, BP is saying that Halliburton “intentionally destroyed evidence” related to Deepwater Horizon, the worst oil spill in history. The rig explosion killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.
Summary: A trial to determine whether the Portland Public School System demoted a special education principal as retaliation for speaking about staff and student safety entered its 12th day of testimony yesterday.
Read GAP’s in-depth look at why public school staff should be afforded whistleblower protections.
Summary: PETA filed a federal complaint yesterday saying that a whistleblower had revealed the mistreatment of test monkeys in a multinational biomedical lab.
Summary: A report released yesterday raises concerns about arsenic levels consumed by pregnant women who eat rice on a regular basis. Though arsenic occurs naturally in the environment, the findings have moved researchers to call for FDA regulation of allowable arsenic levels in rice.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.