Summary: Yesterday, a military judge ordered the prosecution in the Bradley Manning case to explain their actions after accusations from the defense that they had been withholding evidence. The documents in question would assess the damage done to national security by the alleged “leaks.” The defense called this a partial victory for Manning, the soldier accused of giving classified information to WikiLeaks.
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Summary: This OpEd News article by activist Ray McGovern calls Julian Assange “responsible for spreading more truth around than any single journalist in recent memory,” and argues that for that reason, the US is actively pursuing him. In 2010, Assange was given the Award for Integrity from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, an award NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack won last year.
Assange has applied to Ecuador for political asylum and is awaiting a decision while staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Summary: A psychology professor at Erasmus University in the Netherlands was found to have “cherry-picked” data in his recent research papers to produce the desired results. The misconduct was revealed by an outside whistleblower, who found the results “too good to be true” and ran statistical models to draw attention to how statistically unlikely the results were.
Summary: Former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter authored a New York Times op-ed published yesterday criticizing President Obama’s record on human rights. GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack looked at it more in-depth in a recent blog post.
Summary: GAP International Officer Michael Termini continues his coverage of post-Arab Spring Egypt, and the problems the country still faces with former president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Despite Mubarak’s life-in-prison sentence, many of his political appointees have been allowed by the interim military government to stay in power.
Summary: The Irish Human Rights Commission is calling for the government to revise proposed whistleblower protection legislation so that it will not create an “undue burden” on whistleblowers. They also say that there are too many restrictions on when a whistleblower can reveal wrongdoing outside his/her organization.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.