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Snowden's Lawyer: No Return Under 'This Regime'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After the NSA contractor turned whistleblower revealed the U.S. government's vast network of surveillance, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with two felonies under the 1917 Espionage Act and one count of the theft. His legal advisor explains why he won't be returning Stateside anytime soon.

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New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence

Friday, August 30, 2013

Edward Snowden's latest leak reveals the "black budget" for the U.S. National Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2013: $52.6 billion. Until now, the application of funds and the performance of spy agencies has never been made public. Lee Hamilton is the Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, a member of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the C.I.A. External Advisory Board. He discusses the implications of Snowden's latest leak.

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New Details Revealed in Secret Leaking Case

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Since FBI translator Shamai Leibowitz was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to leaking information to a blogger, the case has been shrouded in mystery. Even the judge trial didn't know what information Leibowitz had divulged. Over a year later, it is now known that Leibowitz acquired secret transcript of wiretapped conversation from the Israeli Embassy and passed them on to a blogger named Richard Silverstein. The case is the Obama administration's first successful prosecution over the leaking of classified information to the media.


The Leonard Lopate Show

An Update on the Thomas Drake Case

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Back in May, we spoke to The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer about her article, “The Secret Sharer” as part of our Backstory series. Mayer’s article discussed the case of former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake who is facing charges of violating the 1917 Espionage Act as part of the Obama Administration's efforts to crack down on national security leaks.

In today’s Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima reports that the government has withdrawn some of the documents that Drake had been accused of leaking to a Baltimore Sun reporter. Legal experts say that this weakens the government's case.

UPDATE: on Friday, June 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Thomas Drake will plead guilty to the unauthorized use of a government computer, a misdemeanor offense. The government will drop the rest of the charges.

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