Intelligence agency whistleblower’s anonymity and safety threatened

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Donald Trump Laconia Rally, Laconia, NH 4 by Michael Vadon July 16 2015

For weeks, President Trump and supporters have demanded unmasking of the anonymous intelligence agency whistleblower whose disclosure triggered the ongoing impeachment investigation. Now, there are concerns for the whistleblower’s safety after conservative sources and the president’s eldest son claim to have outed him. (more…)

Rash of assaults on whistleblowing, press freedom in Australia

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Australian Federal Police raided the headquarters of Australian broadcast ABC News Wednesday, seeking files related to a 2017 expose of abuses by Australian forces in Afghanistan, including alleged killings of defenseless children. The search warrant named three ABC journalists and whistleblower David William McBride, “a former military lawyer and captain in Britain’s elite Special Air Service.” (Re-posted with permission from Whistleblowing Today.) (more…)

Trump’s Space Force rejects whistleblower protections

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Challenger space shuttle crew remains await transport to Dover AFB. [NASA photo, 1986.]

President Trump’s proposal for a Space Force to assure US military dominance in space has come under fire for its proposed personnel system, an alleged “merit-based” system that would give fired employees no right of appeal or external review.  The Federal News Network quotes AFGE National President J. David Cox, who observed that “an employee or whistleblower adhering to his or her oath of office could be terminated at will.” That would seem to violate the Constitutional oath every elected official and federal employee takes. (Cross-posted from WhistleblowingToday.org.) (more…)