OMB’s Misguided Leak Prevention Plan

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In a January 10 article, FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and Linda Lewis examine the Obama administration’s recent memo ordering government agencies to have psychiatrists and sociologists monitor federal employees for evidence of unhappiness.  The order presumes that mood is a reliable predictor of  untrustworthiness to handle sensitive information.  In fact, psychiatric evaluations are a poor predictor of truthworthiness.  (more…)

Whistleblower Protection Act reform dies again in the Senate

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For twelve years, whistleblower advocates have labored to convince the U.S. Congress to strengthen the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA).  The WPA purports to  protect employees of federal agencies (but not intelligence agencies) from reprisal when they report possible waste, fraud and abuse. However, judicial interpretations have relentlessly weakened the law, giving agencies the green light to fire, shun, slander, assault and prosecute  whistleblowers as they choose.  (more…)

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange arrested in U.K.

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The founder of WikiLeaks, the website that publishes leaks and whistleblower disclosures, was arrested early Tuesday in the U.K. on a warrant issued in Sweden (CBS News).  Appearing before Judge Howard Riddle, of the Westminster Magistrate’s Court, Assange refused to agree to be expedited to Sweden, where authorities say they want to question him regarding allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion (Wall Street Journal).  Judge Riddle denied bail.  (more…)