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Espionage Act

Surveillance and the Creative Mind

T.A. Ridout | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

Matt Sledge

Mass Surveillance Is Corroding American Democracy, Report Concludes

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Being a lawyer or a reporter increasingly means adopting the paranoid tactics of a drug dealer, a joint Human Rights Watch and American Ci...

70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics With Freedom of the Press

Carey Shenkman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

In forty years perhaps the WikiLeaks cables will be declassified and heralded in the same way that the Pentagon Papers were a few years ago. And by then, the investigation into WikiLeaks will be seen as the selective political assault that it is.

Matt Sledge

Chelsea Manning Supporters Target Espionage Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the one-year anniversary of WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning's trial approaches, her lawyers are plotting a challenge to her 35-year ...

If Snowden Returned to US for Trial, All Whistleblower Evidence Would Likely Be Inadmissible

Trevor Timm | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Trevor Timm

Every American should be outraged that leakers and whistleblowers are being prosecuted under an espionage statute without ever having to show they meant to harm the U.S. or that any harm actually occurred.

Julian Assange Unlikely To Face U.S. Prosecution: Report

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

Julian Assange is unlikely to face prosecution in the United States, anonymous Justice Department officials told the Washington Post in a report publi...

Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files To Russia

AP | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden says that he did not take any secret NSA documents to...

Amend or Repeal the Espionage Act to Protect Journalists and Whistle-blowers

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Isn't it high time to amend or repeal the Espionage Act of 1917 so that it can't be used to charge whistle-blowers or journalists with "aiding the enemy"?

Obama's Second Term Feels Like Bush's Fourth

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.

Bradley Manning's Revelations Saved Lives

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Manning's revelations actually saved lives. After WikiLeaks published his documentation of Iraqi torture centers established by the United States, the Iraqi government refused Obama's request to extend immunity to U.S. soldiers who commit criminal and civil offenses there.

America's Tiananmen Square

Dinkar Jain | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

We live in an America where dissidents of China (like Chen Guangcheng) get special visas from the U.S. State Department and special posts at universit...

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.

How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying? MSNBC Won't Tell You

Jeff Cohen | Posted 09.06.2013 | Media
Jeff Cohen

With Obama in power, a number of MSNBC talking heads have reacted to the Snowden disclosures like Fox News hosts did when they were in hysterical damage control mode for Bush -- complete with ridiculously fact-free claims and national chauvinism that we've long come to expect from the "fair & balanced" channel.

Ecuador Is A Good Choice for Whistleblower Snowden

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

If Edward Snowden can make it to Ecuador, it will be a good choice for him and the world. The government, including President Rafael Correa and foreig...

Obama Retreats on Snowden: Even the World's Most Powerful Media and Intelligence Apparatus Can't Always Control Public Opinion

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

President Obama beat a hasty retreat from his global public relations and diplomatic and political campaign against Snowden. It was quite an amazing, if implicit, admission of defeat.

If Edward Snowden Is in Trouble, So Is Journalism

Dan Kennedy | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The editors of the New York Times appear to have forgotten an important principle: The First Amendment is for all of us, and does not grant any special privileges to the institutional press.

Dimming the Light With the Espionage Act

Kendrick Nguyen | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kendrick Nguyen

Indeed, American ideals such as privacy and free speech, and standing up for what you believe in, still light the world. And right now, those ideals are embodied in a young man on the run somewhere in Asia.

The United States vs. Freedom of Speech

Tricia Todd | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Tricia Todd

The criminalization of journalists in the United States is not a new occurrence, but the overt and veiled threats to reporters and their sources is becoming less of a rarity.

What I Would Have Said to Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Justice Department's recent actions towards the media is so disturbing because it represents a step backward to a much uglier time, with fewer legal protections for the press. There is a very fine line between targeting leaking and targeting the media who print the leaks.

4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

The Big Chill: How Obama Is Operating in Unprecedented Secrecy -- While Attacking the Secret-Tellers

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Far from reversing the Bush-Cheney executive power grab, President Obama is taking it to new extremes. More than a decade after it started, we still have no clue how much the government is listening in on us or reading our email. And the government's response to this unprecedented secrecy is a war on leaks.

Leaks and the Public Right to Know

Morton H. Halperin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Morton H. Halperin

Congress is, in fact, much more likely to enact a statute which does make it a crime, at least for government officials, to disclose any classified information to the press. It must be urged to move slowly and deliberately.

Dan Froomkin

Squelching Secrets: Obama's Prosecutors Are Pursuing The Wrong Target

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of Patrick J. Fitzgerald's last cases as one of the nation's most prominent U.S. attorneys may turn out to be a misfire. John Kir...

President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My Government

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

WikiLeaks has made a tremendous contribution to exposing U.S. foreign policy to public scrutiny. The importance of transparency and public information to reforming U.S. foreign policy cannot be overstated.

The Obama Administration Is Criminalizing Investigative Reporting

Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.12.2012 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Criminally investigating the kinds of leaks that are the bread and butter of national security investigative reporting is a noxious overreaction by hyper-controlling government officials who don't want us to know what's being done in our name.