Verdict in Bradley Manning trial discussed on Charlie Rose Show

The verdict in the Bradley Manning trial was the subject of discussion on Thursday’s Charlie Rose Show. Amy Davidson (the New Yorker) and Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School) debated Phil Mudd (formerly of the FBI).  Like President Obama, Mudd took the position that individuals must never disclose classified information. Professor Benkler, a defense witness at Manning’s trial, looked at the issue more thoughtfully, saying,  “The question is:  What’s the proper balance?”

That question deserves serious national debate.

Introducing WSF’s online magazine

The Whistleblower Support Fund has been tinkering with a new project and now we feel it is ready for a formal introduction. The project is “Whistleblowing Today,” a free, online, nonprofit magazine.

WT is devoted solely to covering news and issues involving whistleblowers. Now it is easier than ever to keep up with the deluge of information on this subject. Editorials, columnists, guest authors and multimedia features round out the offerings.   And don’t forget our companion project, the International Whistleblower Archive.

Check out Whistleblowing Today and let us know what you think. Send your comments, suggestions, and tips to editor.whistleblowingtoday@gmail.com.

“Confidential sources” exposed in Justice Department’s seizure of media phone records

The Associated Press revealed on May 13 that theJustice Department secretly seized phone records for “more than 20 telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.”More than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted,” according to AP.

“These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.” – AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt

The Associated Press learned of the records seizure on May 10 per a Justice Department letter.  Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC, pointed out that the editor and five reporters who were targeted had all contributed to an AP report about CIA infiltration of an al Qaeda group plotting to blow up an airliner with an updated version of the “underwear” bomb.Continue reading