Post-Gazette: Former CIA Agent Who Outed Fellow Agent Sentenced to 30 Months
CIA/Torture whistleblower and GAP client John Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Friday for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Kiriakou and his advocates, like GAP, stress the gross injustice that he is the only person who will serve jail time in relation to the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation’ program, though he never tortured anyone. His prosecution is indicative of an assault on intelligence/national security whistleblowing by the Obama administration.
Key Quote (AP): “Most aggravating, [GAP National Security and Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack] said, is that of all the people who were implicated and exposed in the scandal surrounding the government’s use of torture in the war on terror, Kiriakou is the only one going to jail, and he never tortured anyone. In fact, he explicitly turned down offers from his CIA superiors to be trained in so-called enhanced interrogation.”
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The Washington Post: Russian Whistleblower’s Mother Thanks Obama for Law Named After Her Dead Son
The mother of a whistleblowing Russian lawyer who died in jail in 2009 after accusing Russian officials of stealing millions of dollars from the state has publicly thanked President Obama for passing legislation in her son’s name that seeks to punish a list of Russian officials thought to be responsible for the whistleblower’s imprisonment and subsequent death.
Despite the whistleblower’s 2009 death, the Russian government is preparing to put him on trial, posthumously.
South Jersey Times: Millville Police Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Against Department After Alleged Retaliation
A sixteen-year veteran of the Millville, New Jersey police force has filed a lawsuit against his department, claiming he was retaliated against and harassed for months after he reported wrongdoing by a fellow officer to the County Prosecutor. According to the officer’s attorneys, his employers acted in direct violation of the state's Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
Associated Press: Chinese Police Pressure Whistleblower for Sex Tape Involving City Officials
A Chinese whistleblower and former journalist who triggered a scandal involving almost a dozen Chinese officials is coming under serious pressure to hand his evidence over to the police. The whistleblower says the evidence – sex tapes used in extortion bids against members of the Communist Party – was given to him by a secret source that he has the right to protect.
Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.