As we've reported before, the Obama administration has reached new heights when it comes to prosecuting whistleblowers. Under Obama's presidency, seven people have been convicted in accordance with the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking governmental information to the public. All previous administrations combined haven't prosecuted that many whistleblowers. Now, a group of attorneys have come together to form the Whistleblower Defense League to protect such individuals from legal action. One of those attorneys, Jay Leiderman, discusses why they felt it was necessary to create this group.
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In late February, Former CIA officer John Kiriakou began his 30 month prison sentence for speaking out against CIA led torture. Now, his supporters are demanding his release from prison. Over 16,000 people have signed an online petition which will be presented to the White House Chief of Staff. Margaret Howell has more.
The US government is inconsistent in its policies and the job of a journalist is to point out that inconsistency, AP journalist Matthew Lee told RT. A crackdown on whistleblowers is also a worrying trend and it sends a signal the government has much to hide, he believes. Lee agrees journalistic influence has weakened recently, as many reporters are dependent on governmental sources for access to information. That's why they may not be as hard-hitting as they should. RT's Gayane Chichyakyan sat down with him in Washington - READ FULL SCRIPT http://on.rt.com/hngk9m
Former National Security Agency executive turned whistleblower Thomas Drake was charged under the Espionage Act. Drake says the government aggressively went after him for exposing waste and illegality within the NSA. Drake is now a strong advocate for open government and continues to speak out against a culture of government secrecy. RT Correspondent Liz Wahl reports on the state of government transparency during "Sunshine Week."
Neil Barofsky, who was the special investigator general of the US government's Troubled Asset Relief Program until his resignation in 2011, spoke to RT about how the Washington-Wall Street political culture could lead to another devastating collapse.