Federal News Radio: FBI Investigating NASA Whistleblower Reports of Chinese Data Breach
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va) is leading an investigation into a whistleblower claim alleging NASA hired a Chinese contractor who had been flagged by other federal agencies as a national security threat. The whistleblower report states that the worker brought sensitive NASA-related research back to China. Congressman Wolf oversees the committee that funds NASA, and has turned the allegations over to the FBI while also urging investigation from NASA’s Inspector General and the US Attorney with jurisdiction over NASA reearch facilities.
Al Jazeera's 'Listening Post': The Case of the US vs Bradley Manning
Military whistleblower Bradley Manning pled guilty to 10 separate charges in court on February 28 related to his whistleblowing disclosures to WikiLeaks. Manning faces 12 more charges as the US government attempts to try to convict the whistleblower of aiding the enemy. This Listening Post episode examines why there is such a lack of coverage on the monumental whistleblower case by American media.
Key Quote: [GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack stated], ”There is a certain kind of cognitive dissonance going on between mainstream media and WikiLeaks ... If a copy of a New York Times or an article by a New York Times reporter had been found among Bin Laden’s papers, that reporter could be charged with aiding the enemy.”
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The Windsor Star: Pay Whistleblower’s Costs, Feds Advise
On Friday, Canadian whistleblower advocates achieved a victory when an Ottawa judge ordered the federal government to cover the legal expenses of a Department of Justice whistleblower. The piece quotes Joanna Gualtieri, founder of Canadian whistleblower advocacy group FAIR and Chairwoman of GAP’s Board of Directors.
Key Quote: "There is such a disparity in terms of power and resources that whistleblowers in Canada have typically been left in the gutter. They don't have a hope generally," said Gualtieri, herself a former whistleblower against the Department of Foreign Affairs.
"It's so critically important that we recognize what's being done here. It's giving a chance to the whistleblower to at least be heard."
Associated Press: Trial of Dead Russian Whistleblower Postponed
A Russian court has decided to postpone the trial of deceased whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. The Russian government is putting the lawyer on trial for tax evasion after he alleged that the government stole $230 million. According to the Russian presidential council on human rights, he was subsequently jailed, beaten and denied medical treatment that led to his eventual death in prison. The hearings will now begin on March 22.
Corporate Crime Reporter: First False Claims Act Tax Recovered in New York, Whistleblower Awarded $1.1 Million
The owner of a prominent New York business operation has pled guilty to perpetrating a 10-year tax fraud that cost taxpayers and the state treasury millions of dollars. The suit was brought after a whistleblower came forward under New York's False Claims Act.
Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.