Summary: Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of giving classified information to WikiLeaks, issued a statement yesterday thanking his supporters for their “ongoing efforts.” Manning’s full court-martial is set to start in November, or later.
Summary: This article posits that the new federal investigation into the leaks of classified information could snowball into a much bigger scandal, likely implicating major players in the administration. GAP National Security & Human Rights Counsel Kathleen McClellan is quoted.
If this proves true, it makes the Obama administration’s attack on intelligence whistleblowers that much more hypocritical. A recent In These Times article argues that this crackdown is a “genuine threat to democracy.” The administration is fine with information that paints a flattering portrait, but when intelligence whistleblowers come forward with real wrongdoing, they are charged under the Espionage Act – something that has now happened six times.
Key Quote: The White House's bind was tightened by its own unprecedented crackdown on unauthorized leakers.
The administration has prosecuted six cases under the 1917 Espionage Act, two thirds of all of the cases in history. They’re also actively pursuing alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning—having kept him in solitary confinement awaiting a trial where he faces life in prison, while President Obama already said publicly that “he broke the law." The Department of Justice is reportedly seeking a secret indictment against Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. (Sanger’s book relies extensively on the documents obtained by Assange’s Wikileaks and allegedly leaked by Manning.)
“The administration talks about transparency, but the message is, if you speak out of turn you will be hammered and we will use the criminal justice system to do it,” says Kathleen McClellan. “These prosecutions are incredibly selective. We see leaks of classified information in the paper every day, yet the only people being prosecuted are whistleblowers.”
Summary: State Department whistleblower and GAP client Peter Van Buren criticizes the Obama administration’s clearly favorable view of politically expedient national security leaks, while prosecuting intelligence whistleblowers. National security is not just for information the administration doesn’t like, Van Buren argues.
Summary: The SEC is soon set to give out its first rewards to whistleblowers who revealed financial fraud through the agency’s new whistleblower program. In the first seven weeks of the program, the agency received 334 calls reporting fraud.
Summary: A whistleblower has been fired after he filed a complaint with the SEC, alleging that a shareholder advisory firm was selling clients’ confidential data to his employer, a company that tracks shareholder votes.
Summary: A former employee for Miami Beach is suing for her job back, which she alleges was terminated in part because she blew the whistle on her boss asking her for marijuana.
Summary: A former Irish bank auditor is warning that the new whistleblower legislation could give whistleblowers a false sense of security “by failing to provide adequate protection to ensure confidentiality.”
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.