Obama Files More Anti-Leaker Cases in 2 Years than all Presidents in Last 40 Years

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Thomas Drake
The administration that promised more openness with government information has instead taken a tougher stance on whistle-blowing than any other White House in the last four decades.
Since taking office, President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has filed criminal charges in five separate cases involving unauthorized distribution of classified national security information to the media. Before Obama, the government prosecuted a total of three cases during the previous 40 years.
The two highest profile cases being pursued currently involve WikiLeaks; one against founder Julian Assange and another against Army Private Bradley Manning who is accused of turning classified military and diplomatic files over to the whistle-blowing website.
A third case, begun during the Bush-era, is against former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who was charged with willful retention of national defense information after allegedly leaking information about waste in the government’s secret surveillance program to the Baltimore Sun in 2006 and 2007.
Another trial will decide whether former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaked information about a covert operation to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
The Obama administration also prosecuted FBI contract linguist Shamai Leibowitz for sharing classified documents with a blogger and has accused State Department contract analyst Stephen Kim of giving a Fox News reporter secret information regarding U.S. policy regarding North Korea.
The Obama administration’s hard-line stance may end up having a chilling effect on others who want to expose wrongdoing on the government’s part, says Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department attorney now with the Government Accountability Project.
Radack told Politico that  it’s “very destructive and damaging to be going after people for leaks that embarrass the government,” adding the policy is “a disturbing one, particularly from a president who got elected pledging openness and transparency—and someone who also got elected thanks to a lot of [Bush-era] scandals that were revealed by whistleblowers.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
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Ex-CIA Officer Arrested in Continuing Obama Attack on Alleged Leakers (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


SaveTomDrake 13 years ago
Thank you, Mr. Brinkerhoff, for this news segment. Read what others are saying about NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake; visit the Save Tom Drake facebook page: http://twurl.nl/zsoady Follow @savetomdrake on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/savetomdrake And if you agree with the Save Tom Drake cause, please sign the petition to stop the retaliatory prosecution of Thomas Drake. http://twurl.nl/bzh8ft Truth over punishment – the Thomas Drake way.
MK Ultra 13 years ago
What a guy, what a guy! Isn't he due for another Nobel Peace Prize soon?
Todd Johnson 13 years ago
I agree with the fact that it is a "foolish notion" to believe that either the GOP or the DEMS are interested in change. I also think who the president is means very little. They are just interested in changing your views to theirs.
MoT 13 years ago
What to expect from the third Bush administration! Obama is corrupt down to his very DNA and does his little tap dance for "change" simply to bamboozle folks into believing his lies. I have to give the liar credit for at least stringing hypocritical sentences together without tripping over his forked tongue. This should once and for all lay to rest any foolish notion that either the GOP or Democrats are interested in letting the sheep they fleece have any idea how deep the corruption and criminality go and will make examples of anyone who dares try and expose these facts.

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