Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense


Reality Winner’s defense lawyers accused the government of attempting to unfairly gag them from discussing issues vital to the case and the public at large.

Source: Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense

Defense Department Oversight Finds More Evidence Of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers | Techdirt

The heavily redacted report, which MuckRock requested following on an announcement in the January newsletter of the Department of Defense Inspector General, found that the supervisor accused the whistleblower of being a mentally unstable drug abuser in addition to revoking his security clearance for the offense of reporting that colleagues were allowed to leave work hours early and lie on their time cards.

Source: Defense Department Oversight Finds More Evidence Of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers | Techdirt

Malcolm Gladwell’s Ridiculous Attack On Ed Snowden Based On Weird Prejudice About How A Whistleblower Should Look | Techdirt

So, suffice it to say I was already skeptical of Gladwell’s recent piece attacking Ed Snowden as not being a “real” whistleblower. But the piece is much, much worse than even I expected. The short, Gladwellian-style summary of it might be: real whistleblowers have to look the part, and they need to be part of an Ivy League elite, with clear, noble reasons behind what they did. Here’s how Gladwell describes Daniel Ellsberg, the guy who leaked the Pentagon Papers, and to whom Gladwell has given his stamp of approval as a “Real Whistleblower™”

Source: Malcolm Gladwell’s Ridiculous Attack On Ed Snowden Based On Weird Prejudice About How A Whistleblower Should Look | Techdirt

In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen

It’s really sick how some persons of authority can misuse public trust for personal gain, and how many of their colleagues help them hide it


Two young officers began to hear rumors of a drug gang operating within the Chicago Police Department. They were skeptical at first.

Source: In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen

Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt


Adding to the long list of mistreatments she has had to endure, the U.S. Army whistleblower now faces a punishment the U.N. recognizes as torture.

Source: Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt

Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga


A former assistant inspector general at the Pentagon who was responsible for protecting whistleblowers became one himself when the process failed.

Source: Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga

David Patraeus, Who Leaked Classified Info To His Mistress, Says Snowden Should Be Prosecuted | Techdirt

Not all leaks are alike, nor are their makers. Gen. David Petraeus, for instance, provided his illicit lover and favorable biographer information so secret it defied classification, including the names of covert operatives and the president’s private thoughts on matters of strategic concern. Petraeus was not charged with a felony, as the Justice Department had initially recommended, but was instead permitted to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Had an enlisted soldier of modest rank pulled out a stack of highly classified notebooks and handed them to his girlfriend to secure so much as a smile, he’d be looking at many decades in prison, not a pile of character references from a Who’s Who of the Deep State.

Source: David Patraeus, Who Leaked Classified Info To His Mistress, Says Snowden Should Be Prosecuted | Techdirt

Chelsea Manning Threatened With Indefinite Solitary Confinement For Expired Toothpaste & Having A Copy Of Vanity Fair | Techdirt

 

 

 

 

It appears that Chelsea Manning is now facing indefinite solitary confinment for a short list of “infractions” which include having expired toothpaste (“medicine misuse”) and having a copy of the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair, along with some other magazines (“prohibited property”). The other two charges may seem slightly less crazy, but not when you look at the details. They are for “disrespect” and “disorderly conduct,” but the “disorderly conduct” was for apparently sweeping some food on the floor during a dinner, and the “disorderly conduct” was for asking for a lawyer when Manning was being yelled at over the food incident.

Source: Chelsea Manning Threatened With Indefinite Solitary Confinement For Expired Toothpaste & Having A Copy Of Vanity Fair | Techdirt

After Petraeus Plea Deal, Lawyer Demands Release of Stephen Kim

The lawyer for imprisoned leaker Stephen Kim has asked the Department of Justice to immediately release him from jail, accusing the government of a “profound double standard” in its treatment of leakers following a comparatively lenient plea deal for former Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus avoided prison time for disclosing a trove of classified information to his lover and lying to the FBI about it. Kim, meanwhile, was sentenced to 13 months in prison for violating the Espionage Act by talking to a Fox News reporter about a single classified report on North Korea. Kim pleaded guilty after a five-year legal battle that depleted his finances and sent him to the brink of suicide. Petraeus, in the wake of his plea arrangement, is expected to continue his lucrative career working for an investment bank and giving speeches.

Kim’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, noted in a scathing letter to the DOJ that Petraeus, in his plea deal, admitted leaking a range of highly sensitive material “at least as serious and damaging to national security as anything involved in Mr. Kim’s case” to Paula Broadwell, his lover and authorized biographer. Petraeus also acknowledged that when he was director of the CIA he lied to the FBI about leaking to Broadwell, as well as about keeping classified information at his home.

Yet while Kim, a former State Department official, was prosecuted under a draconian law against leaking — even though he merely discussed a single document that a government official later described in court filings as a “nothing burger” — Petraeus was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense of mishandling classified information, and he was not charged at all for the felony of lying to the FBI. Under the deal, he is expected to be placed on probation for two years and pay a fine of $40,000.

“The decision to permit General Petraeus to plead guilty to a misdemeanor demonstrates more clearly than ever the profound double standard that applies when prosecuting so-called ‘leakers’ and those accused of disclosing classified information for their own purposes,” Lowell wrote in his two-page letter, which was dated March 6, just three days after the Petraeus plea deal was announced. “As we said at the time of Mr. Kim’s sentencing, lower-level employees like Mr. Kim are prosecuted under the Espionage Act because they are easy targets and lack the resources and political connections to fight back. High-level officials (such as General Petraeus and, earlier, Leon Panetta), leak classified information to forward their own agendas (or to impress their mistresses) with virtual impunity.”

Link (The Intercept)