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Former CIA Analyst Melvin Goodman on the Agency’s Manipulation of Intelligence

On a panel moderated by Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer (far right), Goodman explains why he blew the whistle on corruption in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of U.S. War as ‘People’—Not ‘Statistics’—Compelled Leaks

In her first interview since being released from prison, the whistleblower said she felt a “responsibility to the public.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 READ MORE



Filmmaker Michael Moore Launches TrumpiLeaks

The new website aims to provide “courageous whistleblowers” an outlet to ensure crucial information continues making its way to the public.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE



Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE


Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free

The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

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Snowden: ‘Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated With Russian Intel’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to President Trump proves he is not a spy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE



The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment

President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

The whistleblower, originally set to be released in 2045, will now be freed on May 17.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning Is on Obama’s ‘Short List’ for Commutation, DOJ Source Says

Manning, whose leaks exposed evidence of war crimes, has already served more time in prison than any other whistleblower in U.S. history.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE


William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Iceland’s Pirate Party Founder

Her devotion to social change and progressive causes helped her party triple its number of seats in the country’s recent parliamentary elections.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Source’ Delves Deeply Into the Tale of Chelsea Manning

Now playing in Los Angeles, the oratorio by Ted Hearne patches the whistleblower’s story together using songs, video, Twitter feeds, cable news reports, testimony and transcripts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE


Assange Promises ‘Significant’ Leak Before Election, Urges Journalists to Lend a Hand

By Emma Niles

Some are calling it an “October surprise” that could affect the U.S. voting. But the WikiLeaks founder says only that the website will release a mass of secret documents on American foreign policy over the next 10 weeks. And, he adds, with “more than a million documents to get through,” WikiLeaks needs all the help it can get.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



Military Officials Sentence Chelsea Manning to 14 Days in Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt

“I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely,” said Manning.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: Should President Obama Pardon Whistleblowers?

The current presidential candidates have expressed opinions about the punishment of whistleblowers, with ideas ranging from execution to full pardons. In light of renewed debate over the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, we want to hear what you think.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning Goes on Hunger Strike as Her Prison Pleas Are Ignored

“I need help. I am not getting any,” the incarcerated WikiLeaks whistleblower wrote in a statement released Friday as she began her protest against “bullying by prison and U.S. government.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero

In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE



Berta Cáceres Topped Honduras Military’s Kill List, Whistleblower Says

U.S.-trained special forces in Honduras are ordered to systematically “eliminate” environment and land defenders, according to a former first sergeant with the unit that operates on the Caribbean coast.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: New Pentagon Source Shows Need for Whistleblower Shield

Edward Snowden is calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections after a new source from inside the Pentagon leaked a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing by the government.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning: ‘Insider Threat’ Program Seeks to Identify Next Government Whistleblower

The U.S. government is investigating thousands of its employees (whom it has placed under permanent surveillance) for signs of “greed,” “ego,” money worries, disgruntlement or other problems—all in the hope of preventing the next big leak, a document obtained by whistleblower Chelsea Manning reveals.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE


John Kiriakou Says the FBI Tried to Entrap Him and Charge Him With Espionage

The whistleblower alleges that when he was a Senate investigator, agents of the bureau cooked up a scheme against him involving an undercover agent posing as a foreign diplomat.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers

The media require free-flowing information—and so does our democracy.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Offshore-Banking Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

The leaks engineered by “the Edward Snowden of banking” have brought to light malpractice that is costing government treasuries hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IT expert’s action has earned him a five-year prison sentence given in absentia.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn That Drones Kill Civilians and Fuel Terror

Four former Air Force service members have publicly accused President Obama of lying about the effectiveness of his administration’s drone program, which they call one of the greatest forces for the creation of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Calls E.U. Vote to Offer Him Protection From Extradition a ‘Game-Changer’

The former N.S.A. contractor-turned-whistleblower, who has been living in Russia, also called it “extraordinary.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



An Open Letter to President Obama From the Wife of Convicted Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Dear Mr. President, I would like to introduce you to the real Jeffrey Sterling, my best friend and husband for the past 11 years who was sentenced to prison as a whistleblower.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



New Leaks Reveal Dark Details of U.S. Drone Program

Targeted killings carried out by unmanned drones, though still very controversial, have become a fixture of U.S. foreign policy. On Thursday, The Intercept published a report, “The Drone Papers,” which gives the public a close look at the grim realities of drone warfare, based on information leaked by a plugged-in source.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



FBI Pressured Scandinavian Countries to Arrest and Extradite Edward Snowden

The FBI repeatedly asked Scandinavian countries to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he attempted to enter their territories, recently released official documents reveal.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Chelsea Manning: SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Rule Out Need for LGBT Movement

In an essay published in The Guardian after the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Chelsea Manning traced the arc of progress on the issue of LGBT rights, starting from the moment California’s controversial Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 to Friday’s stunning SCOTUS victory.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Argentina’s President Was First Head of State to Meet With Edward Snowden

Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met with the whistleblower in “secret talks” in 2013.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It

Anthony J. Russo blew the whistle on American torture policy in Vietnam and on an intelligence debacle at the center of the decision-making that helped turn that war into a nightmare. Neither of his revelations saw the light of day in his own time or ours. And while Daniel Ellsberg remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Russo is a forgotten man.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why We Need to Praise Whistleblower Jeremy Hammond, Too

Jeremy Hammond’s hacktivism is overlooked by the media, but his actions have some calling him “the original Snowden”; Canada is threatening to come down hard on activists calling for a boycott of Israeli products; and it seems bees are far more complex creatures than most of us may think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE


NSA Whistleblower William Binney: Seeking Blackmail Power, U.S. Officials Enabled 9/11

The 31-year National Security Agency veteran blew the whistle when he realized technology that he had developed to protect Americans was being used to spy on them. In a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion, he and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discuss who’s responsible for the surveillance program, how authorities’ desire for blackmail power through mass spying was a factor in their failure to stop the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Posted on May 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

Find out how the National Security Agency harvests data on you, your family and everyone you know.

Posted on May 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Whistleblower’s Tale: How an Accountant Took On Halliburton

In 2005, Tony Menendez blew the whistle on Halliburton’s accounting practices. The fight cost him nine years of his life.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


Edward Snowden: ‘The World Is Much More Unpredictable and Dangerous’ Than George Orwell’s ‘1984’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo,” the NSA whistle-blower tells The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill in a must-see interview, “I can live with that.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton: I Don’t Give Snowden Credit for the Privacy Debate

The former secretary of state tells The Guardian in a video interview that if whistle-blower Edward Snowden is “serious” about joining the debate over “the tension between privacy and security,” he can come home. “But that’s his decision,” she adds.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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