Hearing examines health of federal whistleblowing, finds alarming changes

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

Hearing witnesses Robert MacLean, Dr. Robert Van Boven and Tom Devine. Sept 9, 2014.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census.

Snowden in “precarious” position after asylum status expires

Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum authorization from Russia expired yesterday, a development that puts him in a “precarious” position according to Amnesty International. Available information indicates that Snowden currently has “temporary leave to remain” while he waits for the Russian government to approve his request for an extension of asylum status for another year. The US government revoked Snowden’s US passport last year, leaving him in “legal limbo,” Amnesty reports.

Snowden’s asylum set to expire July 31

Edward Snowden’s current grant of asylum from the Russian government expires on July 31, but his request for a one-year extension has not yet been granted.  Snowden’s attorney, Anatoly Kucherena told the Interfax news agency, “We have filed documents to extend his stay on the territory of Russia.” (Los Angeles Times).

Software flaw may have exposed whistleblower identities

The anonymity of whistleblowers who disclosed secrets online to news or nonprofit organizations may have been compromised. Forbes reports that Exodus Intelligence claims to have discovered “critical unpatched flaws” in Tails, the computer operating system that is used by news and nonprofit organizations to communicate privately with whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

Donations pour in to save whistleblower’s home

June 15, 2014

Father’s Day brought exciting news for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, a father of five. Friday’s fundraiser succeeded in raising the $30,000 needed to save the family home from foreclosure. Kiriakou, who exposed CIA torture during the Bush administration, is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence.