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Pope Francis Letter Leaks in 'Heinous Act'

Vatican is not pleased, reminds all that official copy comes Thursday

(Newser) - Pope Francis' long-anticipated letter on the environment has arrived three days early, at least in some fashion. A 192-page draft version of the encyclical, a rare papal "teaching letter," was posted online today by Italian magazine L'Espresso, reports the Wall Street Journal . It has confirmation of its... More »

Sony to Media: Stop Using Hacked Documents

Studio threatens legal action over 'stolen information'

(Newser) - Sony is calling on news organizations to stop publishing the mountain of information coming out of hackers' breach of company data. After the emergence of material ranging from Hollywood pay to personal attacks on Angelina Jolie , a letter to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Gawker, and other media... More »

Blame Libya Abduction on White House Leaks

Obama administration at fault for prime minister's ordeal, Marc Thiessen argues

(Newser) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped briefly today in retaliation for consenting to the commando raid that captured Abu Anas al-Libi. How did they know he'd done this? "Simple: The Obama administration told them," writes Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post . Under fire from Congress and... More »

Ex-FBI Agent Will Plead Guilty to AP Leak

Donald Sachtleben says he leaked intel that resulted in AP phone records seizure

(Newser) - A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing secret information for an Associated Press story about a US intelligence operation in Yemen in 2012. Donald Sachtleben said in court papers today that he provided details of the operation to a reporter. Four months ago, Sachtleben also acknowledged he... More »

US Actually Has History of Being Weak on Leakers

And that's why it's cracking down so hard now

(Newser) - With Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning in the headlines, the investigation into former top General James Cartwright , and now a court ruling earlier this week that a New York Times reporter must testify against a source, the Obama administration has been sending a message: leaking government secrets will not go... More »

Times Reporter Ordered to Testify in Leaks Case

James Risen expected to appeal in case with free-press implications

(Newser) - A reporter for the New York Times has been ordered by an appeals court in Virginia to testify against the man accused of slipping him classified CIA secrets, reports USA Today . James Risen has previously promised to appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary and to... More »

Kremlin's Anti-Leak Strategy: Typewriters?

Security officials order $15K worth of low-tech machines

(Newser) - With leaks and surveillance concerns flooding the international community, Russia's got a not-so-high-tech defense system: The Kremlin is using typewriters. Security officials are set to spend more than $15,000 on the machines, says an insider. Following news of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, and "reports about Dmitry Medvedev being... More »

Snowden Was Right to Flee: Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon Papers leaker slams 'United Stasi of America'

(Newser) - Don't blame Edward Snowden for skipping town when he made his big revelations about NSA surveillance: so says one of his most famous whistleblowing predecessors, Daniel Ellsberg, who stayed in the US after his own leaks. "The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time... More »

Washington Post: Stop Snowden From Leaking to Us

Editorial draws quick criticism

(Newser) - The Washington Post drew a few double takes today with an editorial that calls for Edward Snowden to surrender to the US government. "The first US priority should be to prevent Mr. Snowden from leaking information that harms efforts to fight terrorism," the editors write. Which is strange,... More »

More Revelations: Feds Collected Bulk Email Data

Another 'Guardian' story hits, reveals more metadata collection

(Newser) - The revelations about the NSA's surveillance operations just keep coming. The Guardian has yet another piece revealing that the government spent a decade collecting bulk email data, in much the same way it collected bulk cellphone data . As with the cellphone data, the government collected metadata, meaning information on... More »

Snowden: I'm Neither Traitor Nor Hero

Whistleblower intends to throw himself on the mercy of Hong Kong

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, having apparently seen a plethora of headlines like this one , set the record straight today in an interview with the South China Morning Post . "I'm neither traitor nor hero," the NSA leaker said. "I'm an American." In his first interview since initially... More »

Republicans: Snowden Is 'Dangerous'

Self-proclaimed NSA leaker is a Ron Paul donor

(Newser) - So far there's been little official reaction to Edward Snowden's revelation , but Peter King was all too ready to come out firing. King released a statement saying the US should "prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," the Guardian reports. "This is a... More »

Greenwald: I'm Not the One You Should Investigate

People who reveal government's secrets are heroes, he argues

(Newser) - Glenn Greenwald isn't worried about the prospect of a Justice Department investigation —and he thinks it's vile that the Obama administration is going after the people behind the NSA leaks in the first place. "The people who do this are heroes," he writes at the... More »

The People Behind the NSA Leaks

Glenn Greenwald faces Justice Department investigation

(Newser) - How did word of the NSA's massive Internet and phone surveillance programs leak to the press? We don't know much, but it looks like the story comes from one or more insiders who object to the government's actions. Here's what we know:
  • Tucked at the end
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Panetta Leaked bin Laden Raid Details: Report

Zero Dark Thirty writer heard classified info at event

(Newser) - If the Justice Department is worried about leaks, it might want to place a call to a certain former CIA director/secretary of defense. Leon Panetta revealed a variety of classified info about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden—including the names of the ground commanders involved—at an event... More »

NYT, AP Boycott Holder's Off-Record Media Powwow

Meeting 'isn't appropriate' as outlets 'aggressively covering' scandal

(Newser) - Eric Holder just wants to talk to reporters, without worrying about any pesky reporting. The attorney general has called an off-the-record meeting with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department's handling of leak investigations , but two of the most major—the AP... More »

Obama: 'No Apologies' for Investigation of Reporters

He also expresses 'complete confidence' in Eric Holder

(Newser) - President Obama used a joint news conference today with the Turkish prime minister to try to defuse the recent White House scandals . Some highlights:
  • AP phone records: He said he would make "no apologies" for the Justice Department's subpoena of reporters' phone records because finding the source of
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How to Leak to the Media Without Being IDed

You'll feel like you're in a TV show, but you're not: Nicholas Weaver

(Newser) - What with the Justice Department seizing AP phone records , Nicholas Weaver is thinking about how a modern-day whistleblower can safely leak info to the media without being identified. The sad truth, he writes in Wired , is that "we now live in a world where public servants informing the public... More »

Faculty Furious After Harvard Snoops in Email Accounts

Administrators sought source of leak on cheating

(Newser) - Harvard faculty members are fuming over word that the university quietly searched 16 resident deans' email accounts following a cheating scandal . Administrators were investigating how an internal memo responding to the scandal was leaked to the media, the New York Times reports. "People are just bewildered at this point,... More »

Ex-CIA Man Kiriakou Gets 2.5 Years for Leaks

Judge says she would have given him worse sentence if not for plea deal

(Newser) - Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced today to more than two years in prison by a federal judge who rejected arguments that he was acting as a whistleblower when he leaked a covert officer's name to a reporter . A plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence... More »

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