Posts tagged 'whistleblowers'

CIA whistleblower files health complaint in prison

Posted: Aug. 17, 2016 | Tags: whistleblowers

The biggest surprise of the Barack Obama presidency to me and to many others has been what I have called “the unexpected national security obsessiveness” of his administration. Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice has repeatedly used the draconian 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute journalists’ sources, effectively criminalizing investigative journalism. Or as James Goodale, The New York Times’ lead lawyer during the seminal Pentagon Papers case put it in his recent memoir, “Obama has used the Espionage Act to indict more leakers than any president in the history of this country.” No president’s administration in the past ...

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How the media can support whistleblowers

Posted: Nov. 12, 2015 | Tags: whistleblowers

Can whistleblowers safely express concerns about their agency within internal channels? Do a whistleblower’s motives matter? Should the press focus on the leaker when reporting stories about the information they revealed?

Edward Snowden — famous for his NSA data leaks — New York Times reporter James Risen and whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack tried to answer these questions using their own experiences at a Newseum forum Tuesday. 

“For all the whistleblowers I’ve worked with, for them, the press is the last resort,” Risen said. “They’ve tried and almost never found any real result from that internal system.”

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Forty years of whistleblowing: from anti-war activists to Snowden

Posted: Oct. 14, 2015 | Tags: whistleblowers

The first Investigative Film Festival in Washington highlighted a showing of "1971," a movie about the break-in more than 40 years ago of an FBI office in Pennsylvania, which led to leaks that exposed the agency's surveillance of ordinary citizens. That burglary echoed the recent release by Edward Snowden of the NSA's secret surveillance of U.S. citizens.

On March 8, 1971, eight anti-war activists burglarized an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. Documents stolen from the office exposed a secret counterintelligence program — COINTELPRO — which, among other things, gave federal agents the authority to conduct domestic surveillance on U ...

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Mentoring the next generation

Posted: June 30, 2014 | Tags: whistleblowers

Our partnership with The Washington Post continues this summer under an ever-expanding model, as we pair our Workshop interns with several different investigative teams at the Post. These students are overseen by the Workshop's John Sullivan, our senior editor who is also a reporter at the Post.

Kaley Belval, a Workshop intern from Ithaca College, has spent the last month working with Post reporter Scott Higham on a story following up on his earlier project about International Relief and Development (IRD), a nonprofit organization in Arlington County, Va., and its use of restrictive nondisclosure agreements. IRD collected more than ...

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