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FAIL: SEC Reveals Whistleblower's Identity to Company Under Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday morning that an SEC attorney “inadvertently revealed the identity” of a whistleblower to his former employer during an investigation of Pipeline Trading Systems LLC.

The whistleblower, Peter Earle, worked at Milstream Strategy Group LLC, a Pipeline-affiliated trading entity. Pipeline recently paid $1 million to settle SEC charges alleging that the company failed to disclose to customers of its “dark pool” trading platform that Milstream was filling most of the orders.

Earle provided the SEC with a notebook in early 2010 after he had left the company that helped guide the agency’s investigation. Later that year, Daniel Walfish—an attorney at the SEC’s New York Regional Office—provided Earle’s notebook to Gordon Henderson, who headed up Milstream. Henderson—who already had suspicions about Earle—was easily able to recognize Earle’s handwriting, according to the Journal.

It’s a total accident! It’s a complete coincidence, you see, that the lawyer who was formerly employed by Pipeline Trading Systems LLC was the one who leaked the name of their whistle-blower. It’s an even greater coincidence that it’s happened before [PDF]! The biggest coincidence at all is that one one ever gets punished for these leaks [PDF again].

(Source: govtoversight, via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity-deacti)

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CIA Agent charged with espionage after revealing US torture

Human rights and open government advocates on Tuesday harshly criticized the Obama administration over the criminal charges brought against an ex-CIA officer for allegedly leaking to reporters the names of two agency operatives involved in the brutal interrogation of terrorism detainees.

John Kiriakou, 47, the CIA’s former director of counterterrorism operations in Pakistan, was arraigned in federal court in Virginia on Monday on charges of espionage, lying to investigators and disclosing the identity of a covert operative. He was released on bond…

Kiriakou, of Arlington, Va., is the sixth government official charged with espionage by the Obama administration for leaking classified information to reporters. The espionage law, enacted in 1917, was used only three times prior to Obama’s election to prosecute leaks to the media.

Jesselyn Radack, an attorney with the Government Accountability Project, which defends whistle-blowers, called Kiriakou’s arrest the most recent example of a broader administration crackdown against federal officials who disclose illegal, abusive or wasteful government activity.

Scumbag Obama: gets told about illegal torture program, gives immunity to all the people who tortured, prosecutes whistle-blower. A vote for Obama in 2012 is a vote for increased prosecutions under the Espionage Act.

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Obama continues to wage war against transparency, whistleblowing

The attempt to criminalize WikiLeaks is clearly a leading prong in the Obama administration’s truly odious and dangerous war on whistleblowers.  Just today, The Washington Post reports that the Obama DOJ’s espionage prosecution against Thomas Drake — who exposed substantial waste, corruption and illegality at the NSA — is falling apart.  The Nation today examines how diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. worked cooperatively with large American corporations (Fruit of the Loom, Haines, Levi’s) to block attempts by the Haitian Parliament to raise the meager minimum wage to $5/day for Haitian workers who labor in factories producing t-shirts and underwear (in the portions of his purported chat log selectively released by WiredBradley Manning said that part of his motive was that the diplomatic cables show “how the first world exploits the third”).  It is because of revelations like those that the Government is so desperate to punish and deter future disclosures.

It is not hyperbole to say that the Obama administration is waging an all-out war against transparency andwhistleblowing (and the transparency groups who obsequiously awarded Obama a transparency award [one accepted in secret] are as disgraceful as the five Norwegians who awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize as he continues to do things like this).  The persecution of WikiLeaks — for engaging in the crux of investigative journalism — along with anyone who supports it is one particularly dangerous weapon in that war.  And anyone who defies or resists that war deserves, and will need, ample public support.

Yesterday Greenwald was busy writing some pretty great stuff.

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I am going to fight this subpoena. I will always protect my sources, and I think this is a fight about the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

New York Times reporter JAMES RISEN, who has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors; they are looking for him “to testify at a criminal trial about who leaked information to him about a C.I.A. effort to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program at the end of the Clinton administration.”

According to the Justice Department, the First Amendment does not give Risen “the right to avoid testifying about his confidential sources in a criminal proceeding.”


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