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Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Swedish professor has nominated NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his courage in revealing US surveillance programs.  As a professor of sociology at Umea University in Sweden, Stefan Svallfors is qualified to submit a nomination…

UN official calls for nations to respect human rights whistleblowers like Snowden

Navi Pillay, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the nations of the world to respect privacy and asylum rights, and protect individuals who disclose human rights violations. Referring to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, she said, “Without prejudging…

Russian show trial of whistleblowers ends with expected guilty verdict

This week, a Moscow court concluded its trial of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and his client William Browder, a British investor who accused government officials of colluding with organized crime. As expected, the court declared both guilty of tax evasion, but…

Defense rests in Bradley Manning trial

The defense portion of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning’s trial concluded on Wednesday after three days of testimony from a total of ten witnesses. One of the witnesses, Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief military prosecutor at Guantánamo appeared this morning on Democracy…

Justice Department decides to have another go at Robert MacLean

[Updated 8/30/13] The Department of Homeland Security’s attorneys filed an appeal late Wednesday of a unanimous panel of three U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit judges in the case of whistleblower Robert MacLean, formerly an air marshal with the Transportation Security…

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Presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua offer asylum to NSA whistleblower

After collecting a pile of rejection slips, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has received an asylum offer–and a spare.  Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, announced his offer of asylum at a military academy in Caracas on Friday, July5–Venezuela’s Day of…