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Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler writes the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFacts. She is best known for providing in-depth analysis of legal documents related to "war on terrorism" programs and civil liberties. Wheeler blogs at and publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon and theProgressive. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. Wheeler won the 2009 Hillman Award for blog journalism.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2017
On "Fake News here are the reasons I find the term "fake news" to be counterproductive, even aside from the way Washington Post magnified it with the PropOrNot campaign amidst a series of badly reported articles on Russia that failed WaPo's own standards of "fake news." Most people who use the term "fake news" seem to be fetishizing something they call "news." By that, they usually mean the pursuit of "the truth"...
Russia Didn't Hack Election -- Craig Murray and Julian Assange., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2017
Is Trump's Revelation The Same As Craig Murray's Revelation: An American Cut-Out? Craig Murray, in his description of his own role in getting the Podesta files to Wikileaks, at least, revealed a detail that needs greater attention. He believes he received something (perhaps the documents themselves, perhaps something else) from a person with ties to US national security.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2015
DOD's Inspector General Investigating Administration Propaganda Again In the last few weeks, there have been reports that senior intelligence officials were skewing the intelligence on how (un)successful the military campaign against ISIS has been. "Officials at US Central Command -- the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State -- were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers...
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Is the Intelligence Community Inspector General Trying to Give Contractors Whistleblower Protections? ast week, McClatchy's Marisa Taylor reported on two cases showing the new appeals process for whistleblower retaliation claims ordered by President Obama is now operational; in the cases of Army whistleblower Michael Helms and CIA whistleblower John Reidy, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, Charles McCullough, has bounced the appeals back to the agencies in question for re-review.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2015
The Sixth Circuit Upholds Journalist's Right to Invoke the Fifth Amendment An appellate decision on the long-running dispute between a former prosecutor and the Department of Justice may provide a new way for journalists to protect their government sources.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2015
Roll Call Embarrasses Congress into Considering Whistleblower Protections for Its Staff When Congress passes good governance laws -- most notably FOIA -- they tend to exempt themselves. They've done the same with a series of Whistleblower Protection laws. While they've amended the Whistleblower Protection Act and added protections to employees in the private finance industry, they have not offered the same protections to their employees.
Hillary Clinton on Personal Email Account (C-SPAN) Hillary Clinton statement on use of private email account., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 24, 2015
In Political Press, Hillary Clinton Gets Subjected to the Thomas Drake and Jeffrey Sterling Standard The clearest article yet on new the NY Times broke about possible legality issues regarding release of Hillary Clinton's emails
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 25, 2015
The Section 215 Rap Sheet Marco Rubio, who is running for President as an authoritarian, claims that "There is not a single documented case of abuse of this program." He's not alone. One after another defender of the dragnet make such claims. Here's what we actually know about the abuses, illegality, and unconstitutionality of Section 215, both the phone dragnet program and Section 215 more generally.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2015
To Send a Message, Judge Sentences David Petraeus to 75% of One Speaking Fee Former CIA Director David Petraeus just got sentenced to two years of probation for leaking highly sensitive information to his mistress and then lying to the FBI about it.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2015
DOJ Claims Grossly Disparate Treatment Will "Promote Respect for the Law" The same DOJ that recommends Petraeus should go virtually unpunished for sharing far more sensitive information with Paula Broadwell says that Sterling should go to prison for decades to set an example.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 20, 2015
Official Leaks: "These Senior People Do Whatever They Want" Leaks become far less serious, it seems, when they're pushed by top officials.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 3, 2015
David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information materials to his mistress, Paula Broadwell.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 25, 2015
Introducing Mrs. Merlin: To Prosecute Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Exposed an Asset The govt engaged in a great deal of security theater during the Jeffrey Sterling trial, most notably by having some CIA witnesses -- including ones whose identities weren't, technically, secret -- testify behind a big office divider so the general public couldn't see the witness. But along the way, the govt revealed a great number of secrets, including a number of secrets about how its counterproliferation programs work.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 23, 2015
The Sterling Closing Arguments: Who Is the Hero, Who Is the Storyteller? closing argument narrative changes the story on who Jeffrey Sterling is, was
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 20, 2015
CIA's Small World at the Jeffrey Sterling Trial: Racial Profiling and Leaked Identities While the jury will likely neither note nor learn of them, there were details from last week's testimony in the Jeffrey Sterling trial that resonated with two other notable cases involving the CIA: the New York Police Department's spying on Muslims and the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Government's Single-Source Theory of Investigative Journalism By proceeding as if journalists reported stories relying on a single source, the government facilitates witch hunts against single individuals, all while dismissing other possible sources and presenting the illusion that the trade in secrets is not widespread in government.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
President Who Had Yemeni Journalist Jailed Criticizes Impunity for Mistreatment of Journalists Today, November 2, 2014, is the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. ... as Jeremy Scahill reported several years ago, President Obama personally intervened to ensure that Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye would remain in prison after having been tortured and subjected to a trumped up trial.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling remain in limbo, one a reporter, the other a whistleblower-- both, apparently enemies of Obama, already known for prosecuting more whistleblowers than all past presidents combined, now, called by NY Times reporter James Risen "the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation."
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2013
Candidate Obama's Tribute to "Courage and Patriotism" of Whistleblowers Disappears 2 Days after First Snowden Revelation the Obama Administration has removed access to his 2008 campaign promises from the White House website. It suggests one of the promises Obama may want to hide has to do with his support for whistleblowers.

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