In the past few days there have been a flurry of stories about the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai peninsula, which investigators reportedly think may have been caused by a bomb. Notably, anonymous US officials have been leaking to journalists that they believe ISIS is involved, and it’s a perfect illustration of the US government’s rank hypocrisy when it comes to the Edward Snowden disclosures.
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The infractions she's charged with are so minor, it's hard to believe.
Reporters and press freedom advocates from around the world have signed on to support Netzpolitik and condemn the German government's outrageous investigation.
Freedom of the Press Foundation this week filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department over their unpublished rules for using National Security Letters and so-called informal “exigent letters” to conduct surveillance of journalists. Read the rest
Chelsea Manning's extraordinary act of whistleblowing continues to enrich journalism, the public, and the historic record to this day. Chelsea is currently appealing her unjust conviction and 35-year jail sentence under the Espionage Act, but her legal team is deeply in debt. Freedom of the Press Foundation is helping to raise money for her appeal by offering a way for people to donate to her legal defense here
While the bill has many significant flaws, it is historic: it’s the first time since the 1970s Congress has indicated its intention to restrict the vast powers of intel agencies like the NSA, rather than expanding them.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was just interviewed by CBS News, fearmongering about losing Section 215 of the Patriot Act if Congress fails to re-authorize it. Only problem for her is the DoJ's own IG just
released a report today that directly contradicts what she said.
Over the weekend the US conducted a raid in Syria where they killed an alleged ISIS leader. Beyond the whole conducting-war-operations-in-a-country-we're-not-at-war-with question, the NYT published an interesting anecdote buried in their piece. It's about how they found out where this ISIS guy was located, and way more sensitive than anything Snowden leaked.
At the same time as David Petraeus got off with probation and a fine, the Justice Department has been pushing for extreme jail time for other leakers who talk to journalists—often over leaks of far less sensitive material.
Congress is expected to vote on two 'cybersecurity' bills sometime
in the next week that are essentially surveillance bills in
disguise. Trevor Timm writes in this editorial, cross-posted on the Freedom of the Press blog
, about how they affect journalists and whistleblowers.
At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources.
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The outgoing Attorney General raised eyebrows when answering a question about his Justice Department’s notorious crackdown on leaks, and by extension the press--most notably New York Times reporter James Risen.
Jailed, in part, because he shared a link to a stolen document that he did not steal, and despite the fact that this is not a crime.
Newly published Edward Snowden leak shows British spy agency (and close NSA partner) GCHQ intercepted emails from many of the US and UK’s most respected news organizations.
The FBI and DoJ want to charge ex-CIA director David Petraeus for leaking classified info to his former biographer/mistress. The most likely law they'd charge Petraeus under? The 1917 Espionage Act. Just like Edward Snowden.
U.S. President Barack Obama looks toward Attorney General Eric Holder. Justice Department investigators have engaged in aggressive tactics against journalists in recent months. [Reuters]
We’ve long known the Justice Department’s stance on transparency has been hypocritical and disingenuous. But they’ve really outdone themselves this time. Read the rest
Today, a judge in Dallas will decide the fate of journalist Barrett Brown, who is being sentenced in a case that has been fraught with controversy and deplorable conduct by the Justice Department from its beginning in 2013. Brown, who author Barry Eisler profiled earlier today, was one of the very few reporters covering intelligence contractors and their role in mass surveillance of citizens around the world for years before we ever heard the name Edward Snowden.
Director Brian Knappenberger, whose film The Internet's Own Boy was just short-listed for an Oscar, has released to us this previously unpublished outtake interview of Brown from his previous film We Are Legion. Brown's description of these shadowy contractors and the necessity of journalists to uncover their secrets is uncanny, given the interview was conducted almost two years before the first NSA leaks from Snowden. Watch Knappenberger's clip above.
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