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1.  Responses Among The Left To FBI Raid Against Trump  

2022-08-13


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On this week's Unauthorized Disclosure episode, Ben Norton discusses some responses from people on the left to FBI raiding Donald Trump's estate.

2.  Justice Department Unlikely To Charge Trump With Violating The Espionage Act  

2022-08-11


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Donald Trump, a former US president, may have violated the Espionage Act, but Justice Department is unlikely to charge him with violating the law

3.  Green Party Candidate Matthew Hoh On Democrats Undermining Democracy, Pelosi's Trip To Taiwan  

2022-08-05


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Matthew Hoh provides an update on the Democratic Party's latest efforts in North Carolina to block him from appearing on the ballot

4.  Justice Department: NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Must Wait To Apply For Pardon  

2022-08-04


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The US Justice Department refused to waive the five-year waiting period and allow NSA whistleblower Reality Winner to apply for a pardon.

6.  Roger Waters' 'This Is Not A Drill' Show Is A Revolutionary Concert Experience  

2022-07-31


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Roger Waters' "This Is Not A Drill" show is an urgent appeal to humanity to not be so comfortably numb to how the planet is being destroyed

7.  Whistleblower Testimony Shows BOP Director Ignored Rampant Abuse And Corruption At Atlanta Prison  

2022-07-28


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During a hearing before a US Senate subcommittee investigating USP Atlanta, whistleblowers detailed rampant abuses ignored by the BOP director.

8.  Facing Felony Trial, Joliet Police Whistleblower Who Exposed Black Man's Death Retires  

2022-07-21


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Joliet police whistleblower Javier Esqueda announced his retirement after two years of retaliation. He faces a felony trial in November.

9.  Unauthorized Disclosure: Stefania Maurizi On UK Government Authorizing Assange's Extradition  

2022-06-17


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Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola talk with Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi about UK government approving extradition of Julian Assange

10.  Unauthorized Disclosure: Emails Exposing UK Intelligence-Linked Plots Against Antiwar Journalists And Academics  

2022-06-30


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Kit Klarenberg joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola to discuss series on leaked emails showing intel-linked plot in UK against antiwar voices.

11.  Unauthorized Disclosure: Post-Roe Organizing For Abortion Decriminalization  

2022-07-08


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Andrea Ritchie joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola to discuss organizing for abortion decriminalization in a post-Roe United States.

12.  Unauthorized Disclosure: What The Hell Is With Rania Khalek's Wikipedia Page?  

2022-07-15


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In this exclusive episode, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola sift through the grime and sewage that has been pumped into Rania's Wikipedia page.

13.  EPA Verifies Claims Of Colorado Whistleblowers Who Challenged Corrupt Air Pollution Control Division  

2022-07-20


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EPA confirmed whistleblower complaints against Colorado's air pollution control division for approving industry permits unlawfully

14.  US Congresswoman Tlaib Reintroduces Amendment To Reform Espionage Act  

2022-07-09


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Michigan Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib reintroduced an amendment to refor, US Espionage Act to protect whistleblowers and journalists

15.  Jury Finds Former CIA Programmer Guilty Of Leaking CIA Hacking Materials To WikiLeaks  

2022-07-13


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A federal jury convicted former CIA programmer Joshua Schulte of violating the Espionage Act when he leaked CIA hacking materials to WikiLeaks

16.  Assange Fights Extradition To United States With Two Appeals  

2022-07-15


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Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appealed decisions by a UK court and the Home Office to stop extradition to the United States

17.  Mexico President To Raise Assange Case In July Meeting With Biden  

2022-07-05


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Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would urge Biden to drop charges against Julian Assange during their July 12 meeting

18.  US Supreme Court May Take Aim At Whistleblower Protection Law  

2022-06-27


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The US Supreme Court agreed to review a lawsuit involving the False Claims Act, a whistleblower protection law that corporate interests oppose.

19.  'Another Dark Day': UK Government Approves Assange's Extradition To United States  

2022-06-17


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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and agreed to hand US government a journalist for trial.

20.  Patel Responsible For Assange's 'Slow-Motion Execution' If Extradited, Doctors Warn  

2022-06-13


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Doctors warn UK Home Secretary Priti Patel if she approves WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition she may be responsible for his death

21.  In One Week, Spanish Court Summoned Pompeo And UK Admitted It Spied On WikiLeaks Attorney  

2022-06-11


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A Spanish court summoned former CIA director Mike Pompeo to testify, and the UK government admitted it spied on a WikiLeaks attorney

22.  Major UK Political Parties Back 'State Threats' Bill That Would Restrict Press Freedom  

2022-05-30


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All the main political parties in the United Kingdom support a bill to combat "foreign influence" that would impact journalists.

23.  Amnesty International Resists Calls To Designate Assange A 'Prisoner Of Conscience' As Extradition Looms  

2022-05-16


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Mohamed Elmaazi reports on the struggle to convince Amnesty International to designate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a prisoner of conscience

24.  Tearing Down The Blue Wall Of Silence  

2022-05-12


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Stories of truth-telling and retaliation are told in Government Accountability Project's report on Blue Wall of Silence in US police departments

25.  The D-Notice: A Very British Way Of Censoring The Press  

2022-04-26


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The DSMA Committee, which suppresses journalism, may help the world understand why the UK government is open to Julian Assange's extradition.

26.  Dark Day For Press Freedom: British Court Orders Assange Extradition  

2022-04-20


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A British magistrates court issued an order authorizing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the United States

27.  Gift To Industry: Budget Leaves EPA Chemical Reviews Further Paralyzed  

2022-03-28


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A new budget leaves programs in EPA office tasked with chemical reviews even more paralyzed and unable to regulate chemical industry.

28.  Arms Flood Into Ukraine As US, NATO Pursue Proxy War Over Peace  

2022-03-08


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The strategy significantly expands the growth prospects for military companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.

29.  State Secrets Ruling By US Supreme Court Helps CIA Conceal Torture At Black Site Prison  

2022-03-04


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US Supreme Court further expanded "state secrets privilege," making it possible for CIA to conceal evidence that they tortured Abu Zubaydah.

30.  The Inevitability Of Russia's Attack On Ukraine  

2022-02-24


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US intelligence claims that Russia would conduct an "imminent" invasion of Ukraine undermined diplomacy and helped make wider war inevitable.

31.  The Contract Is Signed  

2022-02-19


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The following is an exclusive update for paid subscribers of the Dissenter Newsletter.

32.  British Officials Spread Russia Coup Plot Disinformation For United States  

2022-02-16


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Washington’s ‘junior partner’ does the dirty work for the US

33.  UK Official Secrets Act Proposals Take Cues From US Espionage Act Cases  

2022-02-09


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Proposals could expand imprisonment for whistleblowers and journalists from two years to as high as 14 years in prison.

34.  The Worst Thing Written When Assange Was Jailed?  

2022-02-03


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While working on my book, I came across this editorial from The Economist written when Assange was arrested. It brazenly endorses extradition.

35.  Uncovering CIA-Funded Experiments On Children In Europe During The Cold War  

2022-01-31


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Was the CIA involved in sponsoring West German pedophilic foster homes overseen by the Social Democratic Party?

36.  CIA Funded Experiments On Danish Orphans For Decades  

2022-01-26


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Did the CIA conduct experiments on Danish orphans to perfect torture techniques?

37.  British High Court Opens Door For Assange To Appeal To Supreme Court  

2022-01-24


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In extradition case, UK High Court Justice issued a decision that opened the door for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal to Supreme Court

38.  Poultry Farm Whistleblower Speaks Out On Big Agriculture's Unfair Practices  

2022-01-22


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Trina McClendon, a whistleblower and farmer, testified at a congressional hearing about Sanderson Farms and other companies' unfair practices

39.  Iowa Judge Upholds Ag-Gag Charge Brought Against Animal Rights Activist Hours Before Dismissing The Case  

2022-01-19


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An Iowa judge upheld charge under one of state's ag-gag laws, which was brought against an animal rights activist after he exposed animal cruelty

40.  On 'Primary Sources,' Kevin Gosztola Discusses The War On WikiLeaks  

2021-12-29


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For "Primary Sources," journalist Kevin Gosztola discusses the United States government's war on WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange

41.  For Third Year, Committee To Protect Journalists Excludes Assange From Jailed Journalist Index  

2021-12-21


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For a consecutive year, the Committee to Protect Journalists excluded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from their annual jailed journalists index

42.  FOIA Friday: The US Navy And Red Hill Fuel Leaks  

2021-12-17


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Become a paid subscriber and every Friday we'll let you know what records related to whistleblower stories we're trying to uncover through FOIA.

43.  Freeing Julian Assange: What It Will Take To End This Political Case  

2021-12-17


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The legal systems in United Kingdom and United States will not spare WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. So what can be done to end the case?

44.  Assange Plans To Appeal High Court Decision Backing Extradition To United States  

2021-12-10


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In a ruling from UK High Court on Human Rights Day, a district judge's decision which blocked extradition of Julian Assange was overturned.

45.  Exclusive: Whistleblower Craig Murray On His Experience In A Scottish Prison  

2021-12-06


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In an exclusive interview one day after his release from prison, Craig Murray describes surviving a COVID outbreak and why he is not done challenging his conviction for blog posts.

46.  Three Stories That Further Illustrate Why US Government Can't Be Trusted In Assange Case  

2021-12-02


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Recent reports on Julian Assange's case detail how US officials snubbed Spanish judges and stopped Assange from leaving London with diplomatic passport.

47.  NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Spoke At First Public Event Since Completing Prison Sentence  

2021-11-30


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NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, along with her mother Billie Winner-Davis, spoke at the Whistleblowing For Change conference in Germany

48.  Clive Stafford Smith And Andy Worthington Discuss Assange, 'Gitmo Files' On 'Primary Sources'  

2021-11-24


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Human rights attorney Clive Stafford Smith and journalist Andy Worthington discuss “Gitmo Files” and Assange case on “Primary Sources“ podcast

49.  FOIA Friday: CENTCOM's Defense Of A Massacre In Syria  

2021-11-19


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50.  Dissenter Weekly: US Energy Department Dynamites Radioactive Site Near Los A  

2021-11-19


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Plus, Associated Press detailed extensive criminal conduct by wardens in Bureau of Prisons, which despite the efforts of whistleblowers is brushed aside by the BOP.

51.  FBI Raids Show Project Veritas Is Latest Target In War On Journalism (And It's Maddening)  

2021-11-18


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The FBI raided Project Veritas employees and seized the founder's phones, making them the latest target in an escalating war on journalism.

52.  FOIA Friday: FDA's Lax Oversight Of Vaccine Clinical Trials  

2021-11-12


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53.  Dissenter Weekly: USA Today's Year-Long Investigation Into 'Blue Wall Of Silence'  

2021-11-12


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Plus, to avoid lawsuit, Belmarsh prison backs down. Julian Assange and Stella Moris are getting married.

54.  US Government Urges Supreme Court To Protect 'State Secrets Privilege' In Lawsuit Against FBI Spying  

2021-11-09


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The Supreme Court heard argument from the US government on why “state secrets” should prevent Muslim Americans from challenging FBI spying.

55.  Israel Slapped 'Terrorist' Label On Palestinian Human Rights Groups After They Uncovered Pegasus Spyware  

2021-11-08


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Days before Israel slapped “terrorist” label on six Palestinian human rights organizations, Front Line Defenders uncovered Pegasus spyware.

56.  Dissenter Weekly: Colorado Kept Mental Patient 'Unconstitutionally Confined'  

2021-11-06


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Plus, New York state expands whistleblower protections for workers

57.  EPA's Own Survey Shows Employees Fear Retaliation, Pressure To Alter Science  

2021-11-03


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A survey of 2,668 scientists by EPA found majority are afraid they'll be pressured to alter their work and fear retaliation if they speak out.

59.  Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale In Carceral Limbo While US Generals Shirk Responsibility For Deadly Strikes  

2021-09-24


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The Daniel Hale Support Team releases the drone whistleblower's full statement from sentencing on July 27.

60.  9/11 Cinema: Karl Rove Asks Hollywood To Help 'Win The War On Evil'  

2021-09-25


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Following the 9/11 attacks, Bush administration senior adviser Karl Rove went to Hollywood for a meeting on their role in 'war on terrorism.'

61.  Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo Was Reportedly Obsessed With Killing Assange  

2021-09-28


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CIA sketched out plans for assassinating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Because there are no consequences for crossing boundaries.

62.  Report On CIA Plans To Kidnap Assange Shows Clearest Evidence Yet Of Improper Pressure On Prosecutors  

2021-09-29


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The district judge who denied the extradition request previously dismissed evidence of improper pressure from the CIA to charge the WikiLeaks founder.

63.  The Kabul Strike: Drone Whistleblowers Speak Out On How Normal It's Become To Kill Muslims  

2021-10-04


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Drone whistleblowers gathered for a panel to assess a program that all too often kills innocent civilians like the Kabul strike on August 29

64.  Listen To The Eighth Episode Of 'Primary Sources' With Matthew Hoh (Exclusive For Paid Subscribers)  

2021-10-11


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In an interview for “Primary Sources” podcast, Matthew Hoh, who resigned over the Afghanistan War, shares his whistleblower story.

66.  9/11 Cinema: The Antiwar Film Audiences Were Never Supposed To See  

2021-10-16


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In 2004, Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11” faced an effort by Disney and MPAA to suppress his film, which exposed Bush's push to invade Iraq.

67.  Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Imprisoned In Communications Management Unit Designed For Terrorists  

2021-10-18


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Daniel Hale is the first person accused of an unauthorized disclosure of information to be imprisoned in a Communications Management Unit by the United States government.

68.  Imprisoning Drone Whistleblower In Isolation Unit May Jeopardize US Appeal In Assange Extradition Case  

2021-10-20


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The Federal Bureau of Prisons put Daniel Hale in a Communications Management Unit, even though they know he lives with post-traumatic stress.

69.  The PATRIOT Act And The Whistleblowers Who Challenged Mass Surveillance After 9/11  

2021-10-26


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Twenty years ago, the PATRIOT Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Whistleblowers later challenged the expanded surveillance.

70.  Appeal Hearing: Prosecutor Attacks Judge's Decision, Which Blocked US From Extraditing Assange  

2021-10-27


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At the High Court of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service presented U.S. government's appeal in the extradition case against Julian Assange.

71.  Appeal Hearing: CIA's War On Assange, Their 'Most Prominent Critic,' Takes Center Stage  

2021-10-28


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The United States government's appeal hearing in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ended with a focus on the CIA.