Sorry for sending this out later than usual. There were internet difficulties that delayed uploading this week's episode. *** Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder and co-author of War In Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict, and Ann Wright, a CODEPINK member, retired Army colonel, and former State Department diplomat, join "Unauthorized
Swedish prosecutors destroyed copies of email correspondence related to the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi. The documents were destroyed while Maurizi was litigating her freedom of information request, making it "highly suspicious." Maurizi uncovered this major revelation during a hearing in her
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us publish more articles from guest contributors. Forest defenders in Atlanta opposing the construction of a “Cop City” deserve the same protections that many believe should be extended to whistleblowers. However, activists
We are ready to start another year of the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast, and we begin with an exclusive episode for paid subscribers. Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek discuss the gigantic amount of pollution created by the United States military industrial-complex. They highlight Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and other weapons manufacturers that
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us publish more articles from guest contributors. A group of legal experts, press freedom activists, journalists, and public figures filled a ballroom at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to
Testimony for the Belmarsh Tribunal, DC, as delivered by Kevin Gosztola, author of Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange The political case against Julian Assange is primarily composed of a conspiracy theory that comes from the Central Intelligence Agency. In April 2017, during his first speech as
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. As the Belmarsh Tribunal gathered in Washington, DC, to make the case for freeing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, there was a development in the lawsuit against the
Chris Hedges, longtime journalist and host of “The Chris Hedges Report,” had Dissenter Newsletter curator Kevin Gosztola on his show to discuss his book, Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange. The book can be pre-ordered from Seven Stories Press. It will be released on February 21. As
The Dissenter's Kevin Gosztola, along with Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Steven Donziger, Stella Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, and several other distinguished panelists, will be speaking as part of the Belmarsh Tribunal. The event on the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will take place at the National Press Club in Washington,
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. “Ana Montes is probably the most dangerous spy that most folks have never heard of,” journalist Jim Popkin declared during an interview for “Washington Post Live” on
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. The Central Intelligence Agency and former CIA director Mike Pompeo notified a federal court in New York that they intend to push for the dismissal of a
The following article was produced for paid subscribers . It was unlocked on January 13 for the public. Become a monthly subscriber. A Black licensed practical nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia has sued LaSalle Corrections, a Homeland Security Department (DHS) contractor and prison firm
The following post is available to paid subscribers. Thanks for supporting The Dissenter Newsletter's whistleblower coverage. After Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whistleblowers named senior EPA official Tala Henry as one of the officials involved in tampering with the agency’s assessments of toxic chemicals, Henry became the target of an
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us publish more articles from guest contributors. Ministers and security officials in Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have coordinated with the United States to develop new espionage laws. Each of the
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our analysis and coverage. As the new year began, ABC Global Affairs Editor John Lyons stated during a broadcast segment that he expected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be released
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. Reality Winner is an NSA whistleblower who was harshly prosecuted under the Espionage Act, but she is also more than that. She is an advocate who has
Please enjoy free access to a full and uncut episode of the Unauthorized Disclosure weekly podcast typically available for only subscribers. Ben Norton, editor for Multipolarista, returns to the podcast to discuss the United States-backed coups and lawfare in Peru and Argentina. Peru President Pedro Castillo, who came from a
Several supporters of drone whistleblower Daniel Hale joined United States Representative Ilhan Omar to call for the commutation of his sentence and release from federal prison. “Daniel’s case is exactly what the pardon power is for, where the letter of the law cannot capture the moral judgments that human
Filmmakers behind an independent documentary on NSA whistleblower Reality Winner have spent the past year struggling to secure distribution. They turned to Kickstarter in November to help them finish the film, and in a couple of weeks, they achieved their first fundraising goal. Now, director Sonia Kennebeck and producer Ines
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. An institution founded by former CIA director Michael V. Hayden hosted a panel on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's case. They billed it as a debate over whether
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. In August, a lawsuit against the CIA, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, UC Global, and UC Global director David Morales was filed that alleged Americans who visited
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our coverage of whistleblower stories. Sweden’s parliament adopted a major espionage law expansion that will permit the country’s police to investigate journalists, publishers, and whistleblowers if they reveal
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our coverage of whistleblower stories. Following an 18-month investigation, a subcommittee in the United States Senate released a report that further confirmed whistleblower allegations that female detainees in the custody
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly paid subscriber to help us continue our coverage of whistleblowers. The top lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the United States has come out strongly against workplace surveillance and management technology that may
Carey Shenkman is a constitutional lawyer and recognized expert on the United States Espionage Act. He joins the podcast this week to discuss his book A Century of Repression: The Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press, which he co-authored with Ralph Engelman. Kevin Gosztola asks him to outline the
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our coverage of whistleblowers. A National Security Agency whistleblower unearthed a hot-shot analyst’s unauthorized “project” that targeted the communications of citizens or persons in the United States, according to
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. Former CIA director Leon Panetta contends that former President Donald Trump should be “held accountable” and charged with violating the Espionage Act like NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. The United States government censored parts of Chelsea Manning’s new book, where she attempted to describe the information she provided to WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning says
In the United States government’s case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors claim that he communicated with US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning through an encrypted chat client known as Jabber. Prosecutors highlight several alleged exchanges between Manning and a username, or handle, associated with Assange. Yet they have never
Doctors For Assange sent a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and the United Kingdom Home Secretary Suella Braverman yet again expressing their concern about the deteriorating health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The coalition of over 300 doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other medical professionals have repeatedly called
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. An investment fund that engaged in fraud and was improperly granted two loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) settled with the United States Justice Department (DOJ)
*Thanks to Consortium News for streaming the Hands Off Assange rally at the Justice Department. I will be speaking at a rally outside the US Justice Department, which is scheduled for 12-3pm ET. The action was organized in support of the "Surround Parliament" human chain event in London that Stella
A former NSA employee was charged with violating the Espionage Act after an undercover FBI agent impersonating an representative of the Russian government convinced him to transmit secret documents via a “secure” connection that was setup by the FBI at Denver’s Union Station. Jareh Dalke, a 30-year-old man living
Jared Ware, journalist and co-host of the "Millennials Are Killing Capitalism" podcast, appears on "Unauthorized Disclosure" to discuss a major prison strike unfolding in state facilities throughout Alabama. We begin with an overview of the strike, which was on its fifth day when the interview was recorded. Jared describes why
A menagerie of Cold War liberals and neoconservative pundits with backgrounds in United States military or security agencies voiced their objections to Russia granting citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The response was not as intense as the freakout that occurred when it looked like there was a distinct possibility
Most American and British adults do not know anything about the documents that the United States government is prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing, according to a poll by Morning Consult. Both populations are apathetic or unaware when it comes to whether Assange should be extradited and face a
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola had a limited amount of time for this week's episode. Rania was in New York to cover the UN General Assembly meeting, where a number of Latin American leaders condemned US imperialism. Rania and Kevin talk a bit about some of the speeches and
A United States military whistleblower filed a series of complaints alleging the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is engaged in the warrantless purchase and use of Americans’ internet browsing data, which it obtained from a broker. “According to the whistleblower, NCIS is purchasing access to data, which includes netflow records
The following article was an exclusive for paid subscribers. It was unlocked on September 27. Become a monthly subscriber and support independent journalism on whistleblowers. In one of the largest settlements ever secured by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act, the multinational pharmaceutical corporation Biogen agreed to pay $900
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. A whistleblower protection bill containing access to jury trials, which has long been a priority for advocates, passed in the United States House of Representatives on September
Subscriber post unlocked for the public on September 4. Become a monthly subscriber of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast. This week, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola spend some time expressing their amusement at the right-wing response to the Justice Department investigation into former President Donald Trump's possession of classified documents
“Once you become property of the Department of Justice, it is the most terrifying thing in the world," says Reality Winner.
Kevin Gosztola was joined by CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who helped him go through the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search affidavit and break down what was learned. They discussed the construct of "national defense information" and storing classified information in a private residence. Both offered their responses to the heavy redactions in
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. In 2019, longtime national security journalist William Arkin appeared on "Democracy Now!" and spoke out against liberals in the United States who believed the FBI (and CIA)
On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” episode, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by journalist and MintPress News senior staff writer Alan MacLeod. Alan has spent the past few months digging through LinkedIn profiles to expose the revolving door between United States security agencies (CIA, FBI, etc) and social
Judge John Koeltl, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, was assigned to a lawsuit filed on behalf of journalists and attorneys, who claim the CIA and former CIA director Mike Pompeo spied on them when they visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney Richard Roth, who is
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. A group of journalists and lawyers, who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was living under political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy, sued the CIA and
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. *Article was updated on August 12 to reflect further developments. Mary McCord, who was the chief of the United States Justice Department’s national security division under
Paid subscribers of the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast were given early access to this interview. In this free edition of the weekly Unauthorized Disclosure podcast, Matthew Hoh returns to the show. He's a former Marine, whistleblower, and Green Party candidate for the US Senate in North Carolina. Matthew provides an update
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become an annual paid subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism on whistleblowers. The United States Justice Department will not grant a waiver to NSA whistleblower Reality Winner so she can apply for a pardon. All individuals formerly
Stephen Leary, a whistleblower for the US credit reporting agency known as Equifax, says he was fired after he refused to submit fraudulent data about customer complaints to a US government agency. He filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Atlanta, Georgia, where Equifax is headquartered. It alleges that
Kevin Gosztola reviews Roger Waters' "This Is Not A Drill" show, which is touring North America from August to October. It is a revolutionary concert experience. The audience is in the round, which means they surround the stage where Roger and his band performs. Every song performed in the "This
Two whistleblowers who worked at United States Penitentiary Atlanta testified at a US Senate hearing and described rampant abuse and corruption that has plagued the medium-security prison in Georgia for several years. The hearing on July 26 was part of an investigation by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs
A Joliet police sergeant in the state of Illinois, who leaked footage to the press and blew the whistle on the death of Eric Lurry, has been pushed into retirement as a result of retaliation. Sgt. Javier Esqueda has been on desk duty since he released video and faces felony
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange separately appealed decisions by Home Office Secretary Priti Patel and a United Kingdom district court, which authorized his extradition to the United
A federal jury in New York convicted former CIA employee Joshua Schulte of violating the Espionage Act when he allegedly released materials on the CIA’s hacking capabilities to WikiLeaks. This was the second trial against Schulte. In March 2020, his first trial ended in a mistrial on several Espionage
The following article was produced for paid subscribers several days ago. It was unlocked on July 12 for the public. Become a monthly subscriber. Michigan Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib reintroduced an amendment to the Espionage Act that would curtail the United States Justice Department’s ability to abuse the draconian
When Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets with United States President Joe Biden on July 12, he plans to once again urge the US government to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Obrador is one of the few presidents in the world, who has expressed genuine support
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. The False Claims Act in the United States allows individuals with evidence of fraud against government agencies to bring lawsuits as qui tam whistleblowers. They can bring a
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Patel’s decision to hand over a journalist to the
A coalition of over 300 doctors warned UK Home Secretary Priti Patel that she may be responsible for the “slow-motion execution” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if her office approves the United States government’s extradition request. Patel has until June 19, which is ten years after Assange entered Ecuador’
This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Take 25% off and become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism All main political parties in the United Kingdom have called for immediate passage in Parliament of new measures to fight "state threats," which would
Photo by Mohamed Elmaazi, NUJ member This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber [https://thedissenter.org/march-2022] to help us continue our independent journalism. The international human rights organization Amnesty International has resisted calls to designate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a "prisoner
The following article was produced for paid subscribers several days ago. It was unlocked on May 29 for the public. Become a monthly subscriber. Shannon Spalding was a Chicago police officer and part of an FBI joint task force to expose a “criminal extortion ring” in the Chicago Police Department
Defense and Security Media Advisory Commitee members from 2021 (Photo from DSMA's government website and in the public domain)This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber [https://thedissenter.org/#/portal/signup] to help us continue our independent journalism. On April 20, a
Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom, where Julian Assange's extradition hearing was held. (Photo by Ludhi85) This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber [https://thedissenter.org/#/portal/signup] to help us continue our independent journalism. A British magistrates court ordered the
Chelsea Manning (Photo: Roger Jones) The following post was produced for paid subscribers. It was unlocked a week later for all readers. A Canadian tribunal that issues decisions related to immigration and refugee applications upheld the Canadian government’s ban against US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning entering the country. The
If the British Home Office approves extradition, Assange’s defense may submit an appeal on the issues of freedom of the press.
The strategy significantly expands the growth prospects for military companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
Photo of the US Supreme Court from the US Government and in the public domain This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Take 25 percent off and become a monthly subscriber [https://thedissenter.org/march-2022]. The “state secrets privilege” stems from a 1953 case known as
President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo from White House and in the public domain)[EDITOR'S NOTE: While this site typically focuses on whistleblower stories, during the Russia-Ukraine war we are expanding what we normally publish to promote more nuanced coverage of the conflict and reject a
[EDITOR'S NOTE: I don't typically use this space to weigh in on US foreign policy without connecting it somehow to whistleblowers, but as the establishment news media limits acceptable views to a very narrow spectrum of reactions, I felt the need to weigh in on Russia's attack on Ukraine.] *** Wrong
A major global journalism project called “Suisse Secrets" revealed the names of criminals and corrupt government officials who had Credit Suisse accounts, including spy agency chiefs implicated in the CIA's torture program.
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Washington’s ‘junior partner’ does the dirty work for the US
Proposals could expand imprisonment for whistleblowers and journalists from two years to as high as 14 years in prison.
Was the CIA involved in sponsoring West German pedophilic foster homes overseen by the Social Democratic Party?
Did the CIA conduct experiments on Danish orphans to perfect torture techniques?
Photo by Mohamed Elmaazi, NUJ memberSupport coverage of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's case. Become a paid monthly subscriber. [https://thedissenter.outpost.pub/public/promo-subscription/595a6466078f74118ea] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prevailed in his effort to obtain certification from the British High Court of Justice, which would allow him to appeal their
Wright County District Court in Iowa, where Direct Action Everywhere investigator Matt Johnson was prosecuted (Screen shot from Google View) An Iowa judge upheld one of the state’s “ag-gag” laws in a case brought against an animal rights activist, hours before dismissing all charges. In Iowa, a person may
JTF Guantanamo photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth from 2010 The first “high-value detainee” at Guantánamo military prison was approved for transfer a day before the detention camp marked the 20th anniversary of confining prisoners in the “war on terrorism.” According to lawyers from Center
Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon (Screen shot from CPJ promo video on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQvbvgiEnSg])A record number of journalists are imprisoned throughout the world, according to the annual prison index released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). But that number
Screen shot from Frontline ClubThe legal systems in the United Kingdom and the United States will not spare WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The only way this political case will end is if U.S. officials conclude the cost is no longer worth the benefit of making an example out of
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange | Photo by Cancillería Ecuador Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plan to appeal to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom after the country’s appeals court overturned a decision that blocked the extradition of Assange to the United States. The High Court of Justice was
Blueprint For Free Speech also gives Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg a lifetime achievement award. He celebrated Hale as a "great patriot."
In an exclusive interview one day after his release from prison, Craig Murray describes surviving a COVID outbreak and why he is not done challenging his conviction for blog posts.
Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Ryan J. Reilly Three requests for information related to spying on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were sent by Spanish judges to the United States Justice Department. The first request occurred in June 2020, but according to Yahoo! News, U.S. officials still refuse to
Billie Winner-Davis, Reality Winner's mother (left) and Reality Winner NSA whistleblower Reality Winner completed her prison sentence and spoke on November 26 at the first public event since her arrest. “I have been home, but I haven’t really been home. It’s been a constant sort of pressure on
Photo: Alex Proimos [https://flickr.com/photos/proimos/41578643110/in/photolist-26maq25-qwsCUN-WHeHQF-5x5Krz-dcZy46-GE83Sh-dsPyiH-dcZSa7-cBHuAG-cExqwN-75Comj-GiKibq-851RJP-7kSeQ2-GFwzFj-8ZreiS-6p2KzD-4NUAP2-dcZy8K-9DjxRr-GHwCy-7tSMX-daf3Xf-7tSNx-8DrFED-7Y1CGi-KF39ky-2j5hZpx-GHwDb-LVg8HH-SjN127-5b3SeM-TetFNN-47f16F-4HPMRS-2giCAXf-4rDAxq-6CyJZg-5H81ZT-8RNXos-7AvmmP-QMy8cV-9GTXJe-8zgzfr-evA7cr-6kdQeB-bzHrbM-6kdYxt-8ULw5c-6b6u6y] A judge extended a temporary ban against the New York Times publishing
Plus, Associated Press detailed extensive criminal conduct by wardens in Bureau of Prisons, which despite the efforts of whistleblowers is brushed aside by the BOP.
An FBI logo, photographed in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2012. (Flickr / J) “Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures,” the American Civil
U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride and in the public domain Whistleblowers in the United States military exposed a strike in Syria that resulted in the massacre of around 70 women and children, according to an investigation by the New York Times. The command responsible
Plus, to avoid lawsuit, Belmarsh prison backs down. Julian Assange and Stella Moris are getting married.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Photo: US Embassy Jerusalem and in the public domain) After the Israeli government designated six Palestinian human rights organizations as “terrorist” organizations, Jonathan Kuttab, the co-founder of Al Haq, one of the targeted organizations, suggested this showed Israel
Plus, New York state expands whistleblower protections for workers
EPA Administrator Michael Regan (Screen shot from Office of Senator Patrick Leahy [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPAaECqHbw]) A majority of Environmental Protection Agency scientists surveyed by the agency in May indicated they are unable to “do their work knowing they are protected from intimidation or coercion to alter
Photo: Mohamed Elmaazi, NUJ memberThe Central Intelligence Agency's record of retaliation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including reported plans to kidnap or assassinate him, was focused on during the second day of the United States government's appeal hearing. It was part of the Assange legal team's effort to convince the
(Photo by Mohamed Elmaazi, NUJ member)The Crown Prosecution Service, which represents the United States government, went before the British High Court of Justice and bashed the work of the district judge, who blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in January. James Lewis QC argued Judge Vanessa Baraitser
Mark Klein, former AT&T technician who blew the whistle on NSA warrantless wiretapping (Photo: insunlight [https://www.flickr.com/photos/insunlight/4349077860/sizes/z/]) [Editor's Note: To mark the 20th anniversary of the rise of the American security state after the September 11th attacks, The Dissenter continues a retrospective
Attorney General Merrick Garland, head of the U.S. Justice Department under President Joe Biden[Editor's Note: I expect to be credentialed to remotely cover the Assange appeal hearing on October 27-28 and will have live updates on proceedings that can be followed on Twitter from @kgosztola [https://twitter.com/
The Federal Bureau of Prisons put Daniel Hale in a Communications Management Unit, even though they know he lives with post-traumatic stress.
Daniel Hale is the first person accused of an unauthorized disclosure of information to be imprisoned in a Communications Management Unit by the United States government.
Screen shot from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and fair use as it is included for the purpose of commentary [Editor's Note: This is the fifth in The Dissenter's weekly series [https://thedissenter.org/tag/9-11-cinema/] on 9/11 and its impact on cinema, which is published as a companion
Guantánamo Bay (Photo from JTF-GTMO and in the public domain) [Editor's Note: To mark the 20th anniversary of the rise of the American security state after the September 11th attacks, The Dissenter continues a retrospective on this transformation in policing and government.] President George W. Bush and his administration were
MQ-9 Reaper Drone (Photo: United States Air Force) During a hearing on Capitol Hill, General Frank McKenzie, the commander for United States Central Command, contended a drone strike that killed an aid worker and his family in Kabul, Afghanistan, did not occur under any pressure to retaliate. The drone operators
The district judge who denied the extradition request previously dismissed evidence of improper pressure from the CIA to charge the WikiLeaks founder.
Former CIA director Mike Pompeo, who could not stop thinking about how to kill Assange | Photo by Gage Skidmore [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/51329197001/sizes/c/]There were no criminal prosecutions for anyone in the Central Intelligence Agency when they operated a torture program. The White House under
The Daniel Hale Support Team releases the drone whistleblower's full statement from sentencing on July 27.
(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: public domain / Wikimedia)[Editor's Note: To mark the 20th anniversary of the rise of the American security state after the September 11th attacks, The Dissenter presents a retrospective on this transformation in policing and government. Each entry in
Sgt. Matt Eversmann played by Josh Hartnett in "Black Hawk Down" (Screen shot from the promotional trailer for the film. Fair use for commentary purposes.)[Editor's Note: This is the third in The Dissenter's weekly series [https://thedissenter.org/tag/9-11-cinema/] on 9/11 and its impact on cinema, which
Twenty years ago, every member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives—except for Representative Barbara Lee—gave President George W. Bush the green light to wage war however he pleased.
Promotional poster from Miramax for "Buffalo Soldiers." Fair use included for purposes of commentary. [Editor's Note: This is the second in The Dissenter's weekly series [https://thedissenter.org/tag/9-11-cinema/] on 9/11 and its impact on cinema, which will be published as a companion to our series, "Twenty Years
Source: FBI.gov [Editor's Note: To mark the 20th anniversary of the rise of the American security state after the September 11th attacks, The Dissenter presents a retrospective on this transformation in policing and government. Each entry in the series, "Twenty Years In A Security State," will connect with whistleblower
With each attack, the message of the movie is that traditional law enforcement will not stop the violence coming from within Arab and Muslim communities.
Image of Thomas Drake from Defending Rights and Dissent's "Primary Sources" website In the sixth episode of the “Primary Sources” podcast, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake joins host Chip Gibbons to discuss how he became the United States Justice Department’s “signature case” for resurrecting the Espionage Act in the 2000s.
"[W]e try to identify plots in the earliest stages possible because we don’t know what we don’t know about a terrorism plot," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declared, referring to the FBI.
"We knew it was a debacle. Everybody knew. There was a culture of silence to cover it up, and the politicians were never really trying to win the war."
In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of August 26, 2021. We cover an investigation by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation that found a witness in an Afghanistan war crimes inquiry was relocated after their home was bombed. The show highlights Representative Ilhan
The Animal Legal Defense Fund warns Iowa's new law "threatens increased penalties for recording even in public places and locations" long used for advocacy.
In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of August 19, 2021. We highlight a report from Corruption Watch in South Africa on thousands of whistleblower complaints against municipalities (or local governments) over the past nine years. The show also covers an
Not only did drone whistleblower Brandon Bryant and his defense defeat a political case, but they convinced a jury to acquit Brandon a day early.
Let's seek out such voices next time a presidential administration moves the United States toward launching a war.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was overheard after the hearing, as he tried to process the High Court of Justice's decision
The New York Attorney General's Office corroborates claims of sexual harassment against Cuomo and details how confidantes retaliated against whistleblower.
"Enemies of the State" is the story of the DeHart family and how their son, Matt, became the target of a national security investigation by the U.S. government.
"I go to jail with a clean conscience after a Kafkaesque trial," Murray stated.
Daniel Hale (Photo: Bob Hayes) Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison. It was a severe sentence but not the harshest sentence ever issued in an Espionage Act prosecution against a former United States government employee or contractor for the “unauthorized disclosure” of information. The
Now the United States Justice Department under President Joe Biden embraces a political prosecution inherited from the Trump Justice Department.
Defending Rights and Dissent's graphic for the third episode of "Primary Sources" In the third episode of the “Primary Sources” podcast, human rights attorney Carey Shenkman joins host Chip Gibbons for a deep dive into the legal history of the United States Espionage Act. Shenkman gave testimony on the 1917
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 truest truism that I’ve come to understand about the nature of war is that war is trauma," Daniel Hale shared with the judge.
The sentencing memorandum from the U.S. government reflects the vindictive posture of US prosecutors, particularly since he pled guilty.
NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance firm behind Pegasus (Screen shot from The Hindu) A massive journalism project involving 17 media outlets from around the world exposed the dark underbelly of Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group and their collaboration with governments to target journalists, human rights activists, and even powerful regime
Whistleblowers referred to the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) as the "gestapo."
The PRESS Act would ensure “reporters cannot be compelled by the government to disclose their confidential sources or research files.”
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The Croatian justice minister overturned an extradition decision against Jonathan Taylor, a whistleblower from the Dutch oil firm SBM Offshore
Plus, appeal granted by the UK High Court in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Plus, appeal granted by the UK High Court in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
The High Court of Justice rejected US efforts to "second guess" factual findings made about medical and expert evidence.
Defending Rights and Dissent's graphic for the second episode of "Primary Sources"The fiftieth anniversary of the United States Supreme Court overturning a ban on the publication of the Pentagon Papers was on June 30. To mark the event, James Goodale, former general counsel of the New York Times, was
Prosecutors claimed the “government does not intend to argue at sentencing that actual harm resulted" from Daniel Hale's actions.
"Taiwan's own watershed 'Gulf of Tonkin' event is only a matter of time," Gayl warns
The Supreme Court's decision means it should no longer be so easy to convict whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Chelsea Manning with the CFAA.
In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through a few whistleblower stories from the week of June 17, 2021.
The U.S. government deprived Daniel Hale of the ability to tie up loose ends and prepare for incarceration before sentencing in July.
Billie Winner-Davis, the mother of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, shares details on her daughter's release from federal prison
In this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host Kevin Gosztola goes through whistleblower stories from the week of June 10, 2021. He covers a United States Supreme Court decision that limited the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), FinCEN Files whistleblower sentenced to six months in prison, whistleblower Craig Murray's appeal
Whistleblower Craig Murray, who was convicted over blog posts and faces prison, suffered a defeat at the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.
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Former UK diplomat-turned whistleblower Craig Murray was sentenced to eight months in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh for contempt of court resulting from his coverage of the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Mohamed Elmaazi reports.
A federal judge ordered drone whistleblower Daniel Hale's arrest, and United States authorities took him into custody on May 4.
Screen shot from a World Press Freedom Day event hosted by Secretary of State Antony Blinken Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked World Press Freedom Day by calling attention to governments that are “becoming less transparent” and “more repressive.” “Some governments incarcerate journalists, harass them, target them for violence,” Blinken
A whistleblower informed the Justice Department that Credit Suisse was still managing tax-dodging accounts months after it pled guilty in 2014. Former bankers demand DOJ finally take action.
Plus, Facebook whistleblower exposes inconsistent handling of suspicious accounts in countries like Honduras, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, etc
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh prison in London for two years.
Plus, happy 90th birthday to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg
Transocean, Triton, and Beacon Offshore Energy's devotion to profits almost resulted in a disaster similar to the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher
Plus, the war on whistleblowers continues as Biden Justice Department coerces drone whistleblower into pleading guilty to violating Espionage Act
Daniel Hale, who revealed information on the targeted assassination program while President Barack Obama was in office, will be sentenced in July
Plus, more on the record number of whistleblower retaliation complaints from workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tesla allegedly orchestrated a campaign of retaliation that resulted in Steven Henkes being fired after he complained about "defective and dangerous" solar power systems
Plus, whistleblowers in Pensylvania expose Shell pipeline's safety risks
Sunshine Week (March 15-20) is an opportunity to take stock of the state of FOIA in the United States and renew the push for meaningful reform
Plus bank whistleblowers demand the US Justice Department bring charges against Credit Suisse for helping wealthy people dodge taxes
"The existing legal infrastructure for whistleblowing at corporations developing technologies is wholly insufficient," according to Google Walkout For Real Change
Government Accountability Project and International Bar Association examine the state of whistleblower protection laws in 37 countries
Plus, two Congolese whistleblowers reveal themselves and National Guard members deployed to Capitol Hill are being fed raw or undercooked food
Navy Malela and Grady Koko were behind disclosures about Israeli businessman Dan Gertler and his corrupt dealings to launder money and acquire new mining assets.
Plus, an update to a previous story involving an ICE union deal from the last days of Trump, which a whistleblower revealed
While Amazon profited off COVID-19 pandemic, "hardworking employees were forced to endure unsafe conditions and were retaliated against for rightfully voicing these concerns."
Perdue contends the whistleblowing farmer violated "poultry welfare" and "bio-security" protocols when he gave a tour to a group of visitors
Plus, whistleblower at construction site for Amazon fulfillment center warns of safety hazards that may cause lung damage to contracted workers
A Justice Department spokesperson indicated officials have no plans to abandon a case widely viewed as a threat to global press freedom
Plus, co-founder of drone tech company abused access to classified information to cheat his competitors
MSNBC producers crafted a partisan and warped segment against one NSA whistleblower to justify giving air time to the mother of another NSA whistleblower
Plus, Boeing 737 Maxes return to skies despite whistleblower warning there could be more deadly crashes
Metropolitan Correctional Center New York (Photo: Bureau of Prisons) The United States Justice Department is attempting to foil former CIA engineer Joshua Schulte's challenge to his harsh confinement conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Jacob argued in a letter [PDF [https:
Plus, United States government officially appeals extradition decision in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's case
According to a CNN report, Trump submitted to Republican national security hawks and abandoned clemency for the NSA whistleblower and the WikiLeaks founder
Plus, updates on multiple whistleblower stories at the state level in the United States
Whistleblowers called the January 11 speech a "publicity stunt," "political propaganda," and a "gross misuse of government resources."
Plus, British judge's decision to keep WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in prison condemned
“As far as Mr. Assange is concerned, this case has not been won,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser declared. She said the United States government “must be allowed to challenge [her] decision.”
“If you lie on me, I go for blood,” the guard who Winner filed a complaint against allegedly stated
In Judge Vanessa Baraitser's ruling, she said the detention conditions in which Assange would likely be held were relevant to his mental health and risk of suicide.
"It would be oppressive to extradite [Assange] to the United States of America," Judge Vanessa Baraitser stated
I'll be hosting a panel discussion with Noam Chomsky, Marjorie Cohn, and Daniel Ellsberg
Plus, COVID-19 data whistleblower stands up to Florida state government after raid and pens message to would-be whistleblowers
Guest contributor Jeffrey Sterling, a CIA whistleblower, responds to how his case has been invoked by prosecutors to help them win the WikiLeaks founder's extradition
Plus, a pending anti-money laundering law contains what one whistleblower attorney describes as a major 'whistleblower-killing loophole'
Billie Winner-Davis, Winner's mother, says, "Even though I had tried not to get my hope up, I am still crushed by this denial."
Plus, staff at Denver Health allege retaliation for speaking out on COVID-19, workplace conditions, and systemic racism
Crown Prosecution Service lawyers representing the US government contend WikiLeaks was in the “business of encouraging individuals to hack into computers.”
Plus, Belmarsh prison block where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is confined has COVID-19 outbreak
Plus, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team submits their closing argument against extradition
In submission to magistrates' court in London, attorneys detail the "politically motivated" case the Trump administration pursued against the WikiLeaks founder.
Plus, the tragic death of Manoel Santos in Belmarsh prison
Plus, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden obtains permanent residency in Russia
Kevin Chmielewski was told EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wanted him to resign after he exposed the fossil fuel lobbyist to scrutiny.
"I’m struck again by the constipated military-bureaucratic prose, with its sinister dehumanizing acronyms," journalist Patrick Cockburn declared in testimony for Julian Assange's extradition trial.
Plus, Twitter invokes anti-WikiLeaks policy in crackdown on the New York Post
Global News spread "unfair and inaccurate statements" that held Consortium News "up to scorn and contempt in the industry," the defamation lawsuit declares.
"I am not going to sign anything approving someone to go into work when they are clearly sick—that is not right and I will not do that so I quit," declared Sarah-Jean Buck, a temporary JBS worker.
Plus, court rules NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden must pay $5 million in profits from his book, "Permanent Record."
A defendant charged would be "permitted to testify about their purpose for engaging in the prohibited conduct."
"One record of [Assange’s] entire archive” was effectively purloined, and without it, attorney Gareth Peirce mentioned it has made putting together a defense in his extradition case more difficult.
On October 3, at 8 am ET / 1 pm BST / 10 pm AEST, journalists who were credentialed by the court will come together to highlight crucial developments in the trial.
"In addition to it being completely illegal, installing microphones at this scale would be discovered for sure," Witness #2 told the British magistrates' court. It would be a "crazy act."
Attorney Lindsay Lewis, who represented Mostafa Kamel Mostafa in a high-profile extradition case, warns against the U.S. government's past "unreliable assurances."
“[It is] very difficult to talk through [cell] doors,” attorney Yancey Ellis shared. One almost has to “scream at the top of their lungs.”
"At the time, it would not have been possible to crack an encrypted password hash, such as the one Manning obtained," testified Patrick Eller, a digital forensic expert.
Doctor says Assange has concealed the “full extent of his depression and suicide plans” when meeting with prison doctors and mental health specialists.
Dr. Quinton Deeley said Assange's autism causes him to ruminate about his "prospective circumstances at length,” and it creates a “sense of horror.”
During extradition trial, prosecutor pressures psychiatrist to change his medical diagnosis of Assange
Arthur Schwartz, wealthy Republican donor, retaliated against political activist Cassandra Fairbanks after she met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"Without dedicated and brave exposure of the state secrets in question, what happened to me would never have been acknowledged and understood," El Masri declared.
“I never thought based on history we’d see an indictment that looked like this,” attorney Carey Shenkman testified.
Ellsberg also said "Julian Assange could not get a remotely fair trial" in the United States.
Assange would be under immense pressure to plead guilty and avoid trial in order to avoid an extremely harsh sentence.
Lead prosecutor James Lewis focused on a prior ruling by European Court of Human Rights on supermax prisons that clearly sided with the U.S. government.
A member of the prosecution team was potentially exposed to COVID-19. Proceedings were put on hold until September 14.
On Day 3, the court heard from Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation
On Day 2 of Julian Assange's extradition hearing, his legal team called Clive Stafford Smith, a human rights attorney who has represented Guantanamo Bay prisoners, to the witness stand.
Report from Day 1 of trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing
Pollack outlines why the U.S. government's position in the case against Assange is a "very dangerous one."
Assange's legal team will likely present testimony from witnesses to show he is the target of a political prosecution. It begins September 7.
Plus, EMS whistleblower in Minnesota objects to police use of ketamine on arrestees
Global COVID-19 pandemic will likely prevent dozens of journalists from covering proceeding if court does not take action to provide live video to press
Elites reacted in a way that reflects their deep-seated prejudice toward Snowden's whistleblowing, which exposed global mass surveillance
Plus, a police whistleblower in Phoenix was put on a Brady list for dishonest cops
Bills proposed include access to the courts and jury trials for federal whistleblowers who endure retaliation
Plus, Justice Department still dismissing whistleblower lawsuits under False Claims Act without providing explanation
"There appear to be few public success stories where use of dissent channels led to change," according to POGO.
Chelsea Manning was found guilty of violating the Espionage Act on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
Pending cases against ExxonMobil's deception are the 'tip of the iceberg'
On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola provides an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at Federal Medical Center Carswell
The Pentagon launched an "aggressive" investigation of leaks earlier this year.
NSA whistleblower alleges retaliation from staff over media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak at FMC Carswell
At FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where NSA whistleblower Reality Winner is incarcerated, the number of COVID-19 infections tripled in one week.
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