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Whistleblower described as “tobacco industry’s worst nightmare” dies

Merrell Williams Jr., 72, died on November 18 of a heart attack at a hospital in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.Described as “the mole who became the tobacco industry’s worst nightmare, he played a crucial role in exposing the industry’s intentional coverup of smoking’s dangers,…

Edward Snowden gets a new job

Moscow newspapers reported today that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been hired to perform website maintenance for “an unidentified major online resource” in Russia.

Snowden meets with US whistleblowers in Moscow

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed massive domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), met recently in Moscow with three prominent US whistleblowers–Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, and Jesselyn Radack–and Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence…

Foundation takes on challenge of enabling secure whistleblower disclosures

With the US government collecting worldwide communications and monitoring journalists’ phone calls, making an anonymous disclosure of wrongdoing has become extraordinarily difficult. But, it’s a worthwhile effort because going public with disclosures can have very negative consequences, especially for whistleblowers…

Senator Feinstein Ignores 9/11 Findings in Rationalizing NSA’s Massive Surveillance

by Coleen Rowley.  More than a few bizarre aspects jumped out at me when I attended the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on October 2.  Instead of providing needed oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in light of shocking…

Senator Grassley asks Obama to clarify whistleblower protections

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has written President Obama to inquire about the impacts of a recent court ruling on the civil service. The ruling in Kaplan v. Conyers and Northover removed from MSPB review the claims of employees deemed to hold…