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Supreme Court Protects Public Whistleblowers Providing Testimony

June 20, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects public employee whistleblowers from retaliation when they make truthful statements while giving compelled testimony. This decision in the case of Lane v. Franks has positive ramifications for future whistleblowers and the U.S. legal system, which cannot function unless witnesses have the right to answer questions about corrupt activities without fear of retaliation.

UN Tribunal to Hear Final Appeals in Three Key Whistleblower Cases

June 17, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Beginning yesterday, June 16, and lasting through June 27, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) is reviewing three important cases that could substantially impact the rights of U.N. whistleblowers. The cases to be heard include those of Caroline Hunt-Matthes, a former senior investigation officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Khalilur Rahman, a former U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) employee; and James Wasserstrom, a former U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) employee.

Senate Approves Intelligence Whistleblower Rights

June 16, 2014

Whistleblower Groups Praise "First Step Toward a Safe Alternative to Leaks for Potential Whistleblowers"

UN Tribunal to Hear Final Appeals in Whistleblower Case

June 11, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Next Thursday, June 19, the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) will hold an open hearing on the whistleblower retaliation case of James Wasserstrom.

On One-Year Anniversary of Snowden Disclosures, IC Contractors Lack Whistleblower Protections

June 05, 2014

(Washington, DC) –­ Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first media report based on National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and Government Accountability Project (GAP) client Edward Snowden's disclosures. The whistleblower's revelations sparked a necessary debate over privacy and constitutional rights, and continue to expose the agency's intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance programs.

UNC Challenged on Continued Retaliation Against Whistleblower

May 28, 2014
UNC Challenged on Continued Retaliation Against Whistleblower

UNC President Ross Urged to Take Steps;
GAP Critical of School-Commissioned Analysis, Presentation

Update: A representative from UNC has responded to GAP. See below.

IMF to Appeal US Court Decision Challenging its Claim For "Absolute Immunity" in Mining Corruption Case

May 01, 2014

(Washington, DC) – On May 2, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will appeal a judicial ruling that allows a case against the institution to proceed in U.S. courts. The case, brought by Eugene Nyambal, a former employee of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and an IMF whistleblower, contests a retaliatory action against Nyambal by an IMF contractor.

Clapper Directive a Clear Extension of the War on Whistleblowers

April 22, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a directive barring intelligence community (IC) employees from speaking to the media about intelligence-related matters, including unclassified matters, without authorization. The directive, issued in March, was posted and first reported on yesterday by the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy.

Pulitzer Prize an 'Undeniable Validation' of Snowden's Disclosures

April 14, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Earlier today, The Guardian US and The Washington Post won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Each newspaper earned this distinction for its "revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency." These stories are a direct result of NSA whistleblower and GAP client Edward Snowden's disclosures.

GAP Executive Director Bea Edwards commented on the news:

NSA Whistleblowers Binney, Drake to Speak at West Chester University

April 14, 2014

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, April 23, two prominent figures in the ongoing debate over constitutional privacy rights in the face of the growing national security surveillance state will speak at West Chester University (WCU). The event is part of the Government Accountability Project's (GAP) collegiate program, the American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability, which brings whistleblowers to universities nationwide.


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