In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of July 22, 2021.
We begin with coverage of Pegasus, the spyware sold by the Israeli surveillance company to governments, especially those with good or improved relations with Israeli officials.
Our main story of the week is the vindictiveness of United States government prosecutors, who urged a federal judge to sentence drone whistleblower Daniel Hale to nine years in prison. (Hale will be sentenced on July 27.)
We conclude with an update on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and highlight Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's support for Assange's freedom.
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This Week's Stories
Snowden: Ban Trade Of Spyware Like Pegasus
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden responds to the Pegasus Project's revelations, which exposed how governments deploy the NSO Group's Pegasus against journalists, human rights activists, and political opponents. (Source)
Countries Implicated In Pegasus Spyware Scandal All Have Good Or Improved Ties With Israel (Source)
US Government Seeks 9-Year Sentence For Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale
As reported at The Dissenter, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale faces a potential sentence that could be the harshest ever issued against a former government employee or contractor responsible for disclosing documents without authorization. (Source)
Responding to Pegasus Revelations, Mexico President Says WikiLeaks Founder Must Be Freed (Source)