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Sessions Charges Ex-FBI Agent With Media Leaks

Minnesota's Terry Albury accused of giving documents to a reporter

(Newser) - A former FBI agent who allegedly shared secret documents with a national media organization has been charged months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to crack down on government leaks. Terry J. Albury, who was an agent in Minnesota, faces two counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. He... More »

Trump Vows to Find Source of Manchester Leaks

He threatens prosecution 'if appropriate'

(Newser) - Before he could be chided by British Prime Minister Theresa May in person at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, President Trump called for an investigation into "deeply troubling" leaks of information regarding the bombing in Manchester. Responding to reports that UK authorities are furious that sensitive information... More »

Spicer's Crackdown on Leaks Promptly Leaks

What happens in the White House is not staying in the White House

(Newser) - Sean Spicer recently held an abrupt meeting in which he berated his staffers about White House leaks that had been appearing in the media, ordering them to leave their phones at the door for a "phone check" in order to show they weren't hiding anything. We know this... More »

Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Links to Leaked Script

Well, and over the headline Defamer used

(Newser) - There won't be a movie, but there is a lawsuit. Last week came the news that Quentin Tarantino was so "depressed" and betrayed after his script for The Hateful Eight leaked that he wouldn't make the film "next winter" as intended. Gawker's Defamer blog then... More »

White House's New Leak Villain: Former Top General

James Cartwright faces investigation over Stuxnet worm story

(Newser) - The Obama White House has prosecuted or charged eight people under the Espionage Act thus far—and another one is under investigation. Retired four-star Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, former deputy chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got a letter saying he was facing an inquiry over the... More »

Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Pundits weigh in on both sides

(Newser) - He's either a hero of grand scale or a traitor of the worst kind. Here's a look at some of the opinions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden :
  • John Cassidy, New Yorker : He's clearly a hero. "He has performed a great public service that more than outweighs
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Whistleblower's Employer Has Cozy Ties to Uncle Sam

98% of its revenue in last fiscal year came from government

(Newser) - If you haven't previously heard of Booz Allen Hamilton, the employer of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, it's not for its lack of ties with Washington, DC. Some 98% of the company's revenue in the past fiscal year came from its government contracts, and 23% of that—or... More »

NSA Whistleblower Outs Himself

29-year-old defense contractor Edward Snowden is now hiding out in Hong Kong

(Newser) - The whistleblower who leaked details of the NSA's secret surveillance programs has revealed himself as 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant with the CIA who has been working at the NSA for four years for a number of outside contractors. Snowden asked the Guardian to unveil his identity... 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 »

'Chatty Cathy' Is Our National Security Adviser

Peggy Noonan: Enough with the leaks

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan weighs in on all the leaks coming out of the White House these days and bestows a new name on national security adviser Tom Donilon: "When I was a child, there was a doll called Chatty Cathy," she writes in the Wall Street Journal . "You... More »

Who Cares About Leaks? Problem Is Drone Policy Itself

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Obama shouldn't have this much power

(Newser) - There's lot of outrage these days about President Obama's "kill list" and his manner of personally giving the go-ahead for drones to kill suspected terrorists. But why on earth, wonders Katrina vanden Heuvel in the Washington Post , is all the outrage directed at the media leaks that... More »

Holder Appoints 2 Attorneys to Investigate Leaks

White House strongly denies being behind them

(Newser) - Eric Holder appointed two attorneys yesterday, along with prosecutors from the Justice Department's National Security Division, to look into accusations that the White House deliberately leaked classified information to reporters to boost the president's image, reports the Washington Post . Holder said their investigation will be separate from an... More »

McCain: Classified Info Was Leaked to Boost Obama

He seeks Senate probe of New York Times stories

(Newser) - John McCain has accused the White House of deliberately leaking information that could jeopardize national security in order to "paint a portrait of the president of the United States as a strong leader on national security issues." The senator, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, has... More »

Pentagon to Examine Alleged Leaks on bin Laden Movie

Peter King thinks White House gave too much access to Hollywood

(Newser) - The Defense Department is investigating claims that the White House gave classified information about the Osama bin Laden raid ... to Hollywood. GOP Rep. Peter King sought the investigation following allegations that the administration provided Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow with privileged information for her upcoming film on the raid, reports... More »

Pakistani Media Outs CIA Chief

Some cite 'retaliation' for bin Laden killing

(Newser) - Pakistan’s media has unveiled the name of the man who it says is the CIA's Islamabad station chief, and some say the Pakistani government is behind the leak. If that’s the case, it would mark the second outing of a CIA agent in Pakistan in six months... More »

Palin Publisher Sues Gawker for Book Leak

Website refuses to take down pages, publisher sues for copyright infringement

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has really had it this time with the lamestream media: The twotime author's publisher is suing Gawker over the leak of several pages of her forthcoming book, America By Heart. Though the website wasn't the first to leak the excerpts, notes the AP , it refused to take them... More »

WikiLeaks at War ... With Itself

Operation is paralyzed by strife, insiders says

(Newser) - WikiLeaks , famed for its war-related whistle blowing, is now at war with itself. Though the site recently unveiled some 390,000 secret documents related to the war in Iraq , insiders say the organization is paralyzed by internal strife over leader Julian Assange's obsession with taking on the US military,... More »

Massive Records Leak Bares Chilling Afghan War Secrets

White House furious about 92K posted documents

(Newser) - Covert operations, hidden civilian victims of the Afghanistan War and US suspicions that Pakistan is aiding the Taliban are among the shocking secrets bared in some 92,000 leaked American military documents posted yesterday on Wikileaks . The New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel were given early access to... More »

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