The following article was made possible by paid subscribers. Support independent journalism on whistleblowers and press freedom and become a subscriber. Even as Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg closes in on the end of an incredible and impactful life, the Washington Post and the pundit class still cannot resist using
A 21-year-old reservist in the United States Air National Guard suspected of leaking Pentagon documents to an invite-only group on Discord was arrested by the FBI outside his home in North Dighton, Massachusetts. Jack Teixeira was not immediately charged with a crime, however, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated
Denmark’s justice minister approved charges against a former defense minister who prosecutors had previously sought to criminalize for leaking to the press. The minister intends to pursue the entire case behind closed doors. The penalty for leaking state secrets is typically up to 12 years in prison, however, the
The sentencing memorandum from the U.S. government reflects the vindictive posture of US prosecutors, particularly since he pled guilty.
The PRESS Act would ensure “reporters cannot be compelled by the government to disclose their confidential sources or research files.”