US officials have no problem leaking classified information about surveillance—as long as it fits their narrative

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 ...

US officials leak information about the ISIS raid that’s more sensitive than anything Snowden ever leaked

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. In the process, anonymous ...

David Petraeus receives no jail time for leaking, while whistleblowers face decades in jail

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 ...

The James Risen case and Eric Holder's tarnished press freedom legacy

Attorney General Holder raised some eyebrows yesterday when answering a question about his Justice Department’s notorious crackdown on leaks, and by extension the press, most notably saying this about ...

Government tries to implicate CIA whistleblower in leak case with calls to CIA’s house reporter

We're republishing Marcy Wheeler's coverage of the trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. The following post first appeared at ExposeFacts. The FBI Special Agent who investigated the Merlin ...

Leak trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling: Merlin meets Curveball

We're republishing Marcy Wheeler's coverage of the trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. The following post first appeared at ExposeFacts. “Very often you get a curveball thrown at ...

Leaked Watchlist Guidelines Show How the Obama Admin Abuses the 'State Secrets' Privilege

The Intercept published a must-read story yesterday revealing the secret and incredibly vague rules the US government uses to place people on its terrorism watchlist. While the story covers many ...

It's Time to End the Justice Dept's Criminal Investigation Into WikiLeaks

Freedom of the Press Foundation, along with dozens of other press freedom and human rights organizations, are calling upon the U.S. Justice Department today to officially close the criminal ...

State Dept Launches 'Free the Press' Campaign While DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Force Reporter James Risen Into Jail

The US State Department announced the launch of its third annual "Free the Press" campaign today, which will purportedly highlight "journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened, or ...

By Targeting WikiLeaks and Its Readers, NSA and GCHQ Have Directly Attacked Press Freedom

New Snowden documents published by The Intercept show the NSA and GCHQ targeted the media organization WikiLeaks with a variety of surveillance tactics, and even spied on its readers. This ...