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Whistleblowers

Prometheus Among the Cannibals: A Letter to Edward Snowden

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

What is terrifying to the politicians at the top is that you may be our truest patriot at the moment. "This country is worth dying for," you said in explanation of your great risks.

What Edward Snowden Is Teaching Us About America

Brian Penny | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Ever since Edward Snowden stepped into the global spotlight for leaking information about U.S. intel gathering, he has become a quasi-celebrity. Much ...

Snowden Didn't Blow Up Anything -- Venezuelan President Says

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 50 years the U.S. has harbored and trained Cuban exile terrorists who have blown up civilian planes and mounted raids killing innocent...

The US Panic Over Official Secrecy Is Uniquely Our Own

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

By the standards of other countries, the U.S. approach to official secrecy is ferocious. For leaking hugely newsworthy information to the press, Snowden could go to prison for life. Elsewhere, punishment for making official secrets public is less severe than the penalties here for driving drunk.

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

Jason Ditz | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Jason Ditz

President Obama ran his initial campaign on a pledge for transparency and a promise to enhance whistleblower protection, both of which have been scrapped. Instead, the administration now forwards the narrative that whistleblowers by their very nature are a threat to national security.

How to Be a Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

No incident has been more revealing than the downing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales. Evidently officials in Washington believed that the plane bringing the Bolivian president back from Moscow was also carrying Snowden.

6 Whistleblowers Who Turned Out To Be Right After Being Ignored

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business

When Edward Snowden revealed himself as the whistleblower who leaked information about the National Security Agency's data collection program, he beca...

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Whistleblowers can't be expected to make internal disclosures without credible protections. PPD-19 is a promising step towards a more accountable intelligence community.

Exclusive: Ecuador's Foreign Minister on Snowden Asylum and Latin American Resistance to U.S. Spying

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Democracy Now!

Amidst new revelations of U.S. spying in Latin America and ongoing diplomatic tensions over the asylum efforts of Edward Snowden, Democracy Now! speaks with Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño.

Snowden Gets Bolivia Asylum Offer

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

LA PAZ, July 6 (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Saturday he would grant asylum, if requested, to former U.S. intelligence agency c...

Snowden Gets Venezuela Asylum Offer

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

MOSCOW — Edward Snowden has found supporters in Latin America, including three countries who have offered him asylum. But many obstacles stand i...

The Illusion of Freedom

Steven Nereo | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Steven Nereo

I wish people would understand this and see their guns for what they are, nothing more than shiny, (loud and deadly) distractions from the real issues that separate the people from the government.

Top 10 Reasons Edward Snowden Should Seek Asylum in Iceland

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Edward M. Weinman

Is Edward Snowden really stuck in transit at the Moscow airport? The Obama administration is desperately trying to track down Snowden. Can you blame...

Edward Snowden's Long Flight

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As a State Department whistleblower, I think a lot about Edward Snowden. I can't help myself. Here are five things that I imagine were on his mind (they would have been on mine) as that plane took off.

Another Senator Thinks Snowden Deserves Treason

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

Another United States senator has said he thinks the actions of National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden may constitute treason, just on...

The Naked Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image -- the American brand -- with its irresistible combination of might and right.

Ironic Choice of Asylum for Self-Proclaimed Government Critic

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

It seems Edward Snowden didn't do his homework on where in the world to apply for asylum. His choice of Ecuador as a safe haven stands in stark contrast to President Rafael Correa's war on the free press and refusal to endure dissent of any kind.

On NSA Leaks, It's the Government Versus the People

John Glaser | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Despite continuing efforts to politicize the revelations about the NSA's domestic spying programs, the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden transcend America's trivial two-party politics. This isn't Republicans versus Democrats. It's the government versus the people.

Obama's Informants

Melvin Goodman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Melvin Goodman

Oversight and accountability must be part of government, particularly the secret agencies within government, and congressional oversight is needed to correct the collective harm that has been done.

The Intelligence-Industrial Complex

Gary Hart | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is dangerous to have a technology-empowered government capable of amassing private data; it is even more dangerous to privatize this Big Brother world.

It's Time for the Press to Fight Back Against Secrecy

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Even in this day of fragmented audiences and decimated newsrooms, major news organizations still have the ability to spark a national conversation around a given issue, by putting experienced, tenacious beat reporters on the story. So what's needed is a new beat, to cover secrecy itself.

The Snowden Principle

John Cusack | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
John Cusack

The Snowden Principle, and that fire that inspired him to take unimaginable risks, is fundamentally about fostering an informed and engaged public. The Constitution embraces that idea.

UK: NSA Leaker Not Welcome

AP | THANYARAT DOKSONE and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

LONDON — The British government has warned airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden, who leaked information on top-secret U.S. gove...

Snowden's Perspective

Brian Penny | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Penny

Gary Webb is the journalist who blew the whistle on the CIA during the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980's. In 2005, Webb reportedly "committed suicide"...

Edward Snowden: Hero to the Highest Bidder?

Michael Yaki | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Yaki

Nothing about the Snowden Affair smells quite right. It is one thing to break the law to reveal the existence of a secret NSA surveillance program. But there was little secret about this program.