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…)

Ecuador Grants Asylum to Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

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On Thursday, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricard Patino, announced that his government had granted diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange, who took refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy on June 19. President Rafael Correa explained in a radio interview that asylum was granted because Assange deserves due process, and Sweden had refused to give assurance that it would protect Assange from extradition to the US.   (more…)

Wikileaks founder offers advice to whistleblowers

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In a video guide for whistleblowers, Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, offers tips on making anonymous disclosures, and states that Wikileaks has never lost a whistleblower. In an age of expanding domestic surveillance, it may be that no measures can completely eliminate the risk of one’s identity being revealed. On the other hand, many prospective whistleblowers are dangerously naive about reducing their risk of exposure.  (more…)