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Brisbane Times (Australia): Edward Snowden's Lawyer Blasts Australian Law that Would Jail Journalists Reporting on Spy Leaks

July 30, 2014

By BEN GRUBB

Edward Snowden's lawyer has labelled as "draconian" and "chilling" Abbott government legislation before parliament that would threaten ASIO leakers with 10 years' imprisonment and make it an offence for journalists to report on information they receive from whistleblowers.

The American Conservative: Washington Doesn’t Forgive Whistleblowers

July 30, 2014

By KELLEY BEAUCAR VLAHOS

“That was the first I saw of the racket.”

For Matthew Hoh, a former Marine, government official, and civilian contract overseer in Iraq, seeing “the racket” for the first time was a turning point that eventually led him to turn his back on a successful and heady career in Washington. He became a whistleblower by decrying a failing strategy in Afghanistan, and for a while, was a bone fide cause célèbre. But like others who have made similar leaps of conscience, Hoh has found out the hard way that Washington does not forgive.

Government Executive: The 'Dangerous, Scary Trend' in Retaliation Against Whistleblowers – Criminal Probes

July 30, 2014

By CHARLES S. CLARK

In the 18 months since enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, agency managers may have shifted to a new tactic for retaliating against employees who’ve embarrassed them with reports of alleged wrongdoing, according to whistleblower advocates.

TechDirt: Former CIA/NSA Boss Michael Hayden Admits Ed Snowden Was A Whistleblower

July 28, 2014

Ever since Snowden first leaked the documents he took from the NSA, there's been a (somewhat ridiculous) debate over whether or not he was a "whistleblower" or "a traitor" (or potentially somewhere in between). However, it seems like many fall into one of those somewhat polar opposite positions.

NPR: Before Snowden – The Whistleblowers Who Tried To Lift The Veil

July 22, 2014

By DAVID WELNA

Listen to the audio version here. 

Bill Binney worked at the National Security Agency nearly three decades as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. He then became one of its leading whistleblowers.

AG Week: Poultry Rule Would Shift Inspection Responsibilities

July 21, 2014

By JERRY HAGSTROM

A coalition of consumer groups has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of a rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

Unconfirmed reports have circulated that USDA pulled back on a proposal to increase the speed at which chickens whizz past inspectors after a meeting with the National Council of La Raza, which speaks for the Hispanic workers employed in the plants.

New York Times: Wall Street’s New Enforcers Aim to Muzzle Whistleblowers

July 21, 2014

By JORDAN THOMAS & TOM DEVINE

Jordan Thomas is chairman of the whistle-blower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow and was a former assistant director in the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project and co-author of “The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth.”

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