October 9, 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Reforming The Espionage Act, Latest In OPCW Whistleblower Scandal

Plus, court rules NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden must pay $5 million in profits from his book, "Permanent Record."

Dissenter Weekly: Reforming The Espionage Act, Latest In OPCW Whistleblower Scandal



On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” Kevin Gosztola breaks down a proposal to reform the Espionage Act that would create a public interest defense for whistleblowers. He also highlights the latest in the OPCW whistleblower scandal, particularly how Western countries shut down testimony from former OPCW chief José Bustani during a UN Security Council meeting.

Later in the show, Gosztola discusses a settlement against Bechtel and Aecom, contractors that operate the Hanford nuclear waste plant. He also covers a court decision against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which says he owes $5 million to the U.S. government from his book, Permanent Record.

This week’s stories:

Proposed US Espionage Act Reform Would Create Public Interest Defense

Bechtel To Pay $58 Million To Settle Whistleblower Claims Over Hanford Nuclear Waste Plant

Western Countries Shut Down Testimony From Former OPCW Director On Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria

Six Officials For US State Media Agency File Whistleblower Complaint

Court: Snowden Must Pay $5 Million To US Government For Book, Speeches