CNN: Ex-CIA Chief – What Edward Snowden Did
In this editorial, former head of the NSA and CIA Michael Hayden lambasts Snowden and nearly every national security whistleblower. Hayden says “Snowden is in a class by himself,” when it comes to national security cases that have harmed the US government’s interests, comparing him to notorious Revolutionary War-era turncoat Benedict Arnold. The former director slammed not only Snowden but Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, saying he is “far more deserving of the Justice Department’s characterization of a co-conspirator than Fox’s James Rosen ever was.”
GAP maintains that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower who acted in the public interest when he disclosed that the NSA was spying on hundreds of millions of Americans. GAP President Louis Clark responded to the editorial with the following statement:
"As GAP has experienced with nearly every whistleblower case, the first reaction by those accused of wrongdoing, lax oversight, or negligence, is usually to attack the messenger and find whatever flaws they can identify in their histories, statements or disclosures to discredit them. Given the necessary elements of treason clearly set forth in the Constitution, Hayden’s comments provide further proof that he has lost touch with the Constitution."
Bloomberg: Snowden's Access to NSA's Deepest Secrets Disputed
This article speculates what NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had access to while working at the NSA. Citing interviews with numerous intelligence officials who downplay the significance of Snowden’s access to privileged information, the article suggests that the "highest-value secrets" remain unknown to the American public as well as most NSA employees.
The National Law Journal: Fifth Circuit Cuts Employers Out of Whistleblower Loop
Future corporate and financial whistleblowers will only be protected from retaliation if they report their employer’s wrongdoing directly to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The ruling contradicts other courts’ conclusions on the matter and limits the definition of whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection provision.
GAP President Louis Clark responded to the decision by stating:
"This is history repeating itself almost exactly. In 1984, the Fifth Circuit refused to protect nuclear whistleblowers under the Energy Reorganization Act for raising safety concerns only internally, but not to the NRC. No other circuit followed this holding. Now 29 years later, the Fifth Circuit has repeated this precise holding under the Dodd Frank Act, ruling that corporate whistleblowers are not protected only for internal reports which were not also made to the SEC. Hopefully, the historical repetition will stay the course, with no other circuit following the Fifth."
Ag Gag Motivation for Journalist Arrest in Kansas?
GAP's Food Integrity Campaign details the recent arrest of a photojournalist who was taking aerial photos of a cattle feedlot in Kansas. The charge was for ground trespassing but the state's anti-whistleblower Ag Gag law may have played a role.
Jack Davis is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.