Obama More Aggressive Than Bush In Targeting Whistleblowers

06/11/2010 07:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • SCOTT SHANE New York Times

WASHINGTON -- Hired in 2001 by the National Security Agency to help it catch up with the e-mail and cellphone revolution, Thomas A. Drake became convinced that the government's eavesdroppers were squandering hundreds of millions of dollars on failed programs while ignoring a promising alternative.

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The indictment of Mr. Drake was the latest evidence that the Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks to the press.

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