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By
Trevor Timm
July 14, 2015

Today we’re proud to announce a major new crowd-funding campaign in support of whistleblower Chelsea Manning to help pay for her important legal appeal. Chelsea is currently in the process challenging of her unjust Espionage Act conviction and draconian 35-year jail sentence at the Army Court of Appeals.

By
Trevor Timm
July 14, 2015

Awarding-winning filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras sued the Department of Homeland Security and several other federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) yesterday, demanding an explanation for the dozens of times the US government detained and questioned her traveling over the border from 2006-2012.

By
Garrett Robinson
July 13, 2015

For years, computer security experts have bemoaned the poor security of popular browser plugins like Adobe Flash. Whether you realize it or not, your web browser uses these plug-ins all the time to play video on countless popular sites on the Internet - yet cybercriminals regularly exploit security holes in these same plugins to phish and defraud millions of ordinary computer users.

The risk is even greater for journalists: the recent Hacking Team leak shows that Flash exploits were an important component of their hacking tools, which have been used by authoritarian governments around the world that are known to target reporters, activists, and dissidents. The leak includes several previously unknown ("0-day") Flash exploits, which are already being incorporated into widely used exploit kits so anybody will be able to use them, not just Hacking Team and their customers. As of this writing, two of the Hacking Team Flash exploits remain unpatched - and there may be more yet to come as researchers continue to explore the dataset.

By
Garrett Robinson
July 10, 2015

Today we’re announcing SecureDrop 0.3.4, the latest release of SecureDrop, and publishing the results of the accompanying security audit by iSEC Partners. This is our fourth audit of SecureDrop and you can read the results of the previous three audits here.

By
Kevin Gallagher
June 22, 2015

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, recently called for outside comments on the protection of sources and whistleblowers around the world and will be presenting a report on the subject to the UN General Assembly in October 2015. Freedom of the Press Foundation submitted our comments to the Special Rapporteur yesterday, which you can read in full below.

By
Barry Eisler
June 6, 2015

It was great to read this Edward Snowden New York Times op-ed—great because the piece is as thoughtful and informative as you’d expect, and even better because it’s an example of Snowden’s continuing ability to raise awareness of the dangers of an unchecked surveillance state.

By
Trevor Timm
June 2, 2015

Today the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, suspicionless collection of Americans’ personal data. Given that parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1st, and that the government is pretending the expiration is a “crisis” rather than an opportunity, President Obama is expected to sign the bill as soon as possible.

By
Trevor Timm
May 21, 2015

In the midst of the last-minute Congressional debate about whether to re-authorize Patriot Act Section 215, the Justice Department Inspector General (IG) released a long awaited report today on how the FBI has used (and abused) Section 215 for the past few years.

By
Trevor Timm
May 18, 2015

Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of ISIS, Abu Sayyaf.

By
Trevor Timm
April 23, 2015

Former CIA director David Petraeus received his sentence today for the sweetheart plea deal he struck with the Justice Department after he was discovered to have leaked highly classified information to his biographer and lover Paula Broadwell. As was widely anticipated, the celebrated general received no jail time and instead got only two-years probation plus a $100,000 fine.

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RT @TJ_TomJ: I'm donating to support encryption tools for journalists at @FreedomofPress. You can help sources stay safe too: https://t.co/
RT @IanCobain: So you think the UK has a free press? Perhaps you should read this: http://t.co/lW5ehMfux8
U.K. police confirm ongoing criminal probe of journalists who reported on the Snowden leak https://t.co/0E7nItTgLN
The real scandal involving Hillary Clinton's email: the government's out-of-control secrecy system http://t.co/TT9MlBDEPs