Journalists assert reporter's privilege in whistleblower prosecution

Kristen Rasmussen | Reporter's Privilege | News | October 15, 2012
October 15, 2012

Update, Oct. 23: Kiriakou pleaded guilty today to one count of disclosing information identifying a covert agent and will likely be sentenced to two and a half years years imprisonment under a plea deal with prosecutors. As part of the agreement, the remaining four counts of the indictment, including three counts of violating the Espionage Act, were dismissed. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Reporters question Pentagon's harsher approach to national security leaks

Emily Miller | Newsgathering | News | July 23, 2012
July 23, 2012

The Pentagon Press Association is awaiting a response to a letter submitted to the Pentagon outlining journalists' concerns over the U.S. Department of Defense's new policy for countering national security leaks.

The organization submitted a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, seeking clarification on the statement the Pentagon released last week instilling new procedures for handling leaks, including officials being more vigilant monitoring the media.

Government argues FOIA would provide sufficient access to Manning court-martial documents

Emily Miller | Newsgathering | News | July 10, 2012
July 10, 2012

The federal government asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday to become the third court to deny the public access to military court documents in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The government’s argument: the Freedom of Information Act is the proper method to obtain the materials.

Government says it will not seek testimony of journalists in Kiriakou prosecution

Emily Miller | Reporter's Privilege | News | July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012

The U.S. government announced it will not subpoena journalists as witnesses in the prosecution of a former intelligence officer who allegedly leaked classified information.

New intelligence rules emphasize lie detectors, more investigators in effort to limit leaks to news media

Amanda Simmons | Newsgathering | News | June 27, 2012
June 27, 2012

In an attempt to "deter and detect" officials leaking information to news media organizations, the head of the country's intelligence community unveiled new measures on Monday, including lie detector tests and inspector general investigations, for preventing unauthorized disclosures.

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou pleads not guilty to leaking secrets to journalists

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | News | April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012

A former CIA intelligence officer pleaded not guilty this morning to federal charges that he violated the Espionage Act by leaking classified documents to journalists.

Redacted court documents could be released in heavily sealed Bradley Manning case

Andrea Papagianis | News | April 2, 2012
April 2, 2012

In the first movement toward transparency in the tightly sealed trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the man accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, the court granted the defense permission to publish redacted versions of court filings online. But first, the government will have a chance to review, redact and bring up any concerns with the documents before they are released to the public.

DEA agent fails to prove viral video violated Privacy Act

Rachel Bunn | Privacy | Feature | January 18, 2012
January 18, 2012

The disclosure of a video showing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officer accidentally shooting himself in the leg during a lecture to community youths does not violate the federal Privacy Act, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday. The court also rejected the officer's claim for invasion of privacy under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Risen must testify about date, use of quotes, book proposal

Kristen Rasmussen | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011

James Risen must testify about non-protected matters in the upcoming trial of an alleged ex-CIA leaker, per a court order allowing the New York Times reporter to keep his confidential source secret but requiring him to verify the accuracy of his reporting, according to a POLITICO article.

Advocacy groups react to Obama's transparency proposals

Kirsten Berg | Freedom of Information | Analysis | September 26, 2011
September 26, 2011

Open government organizations praised what they called sweeping commitments to promote government transparency and accountability in an action plan released by President Obama last week, but many said they were cautious in their optimism that the pledge alone would be enough to bring historical change to the culture of secrecy in Washington.