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Inside Obama’s “Orwellian World” Where Whistleblowing Has Become “Espionage”: The Case of Thomas Drake

My case is centered on a government prosecution bent, not on serving justice, but on meeting out retaliation, reprisal and retribution for the purpose of relentlessly punishing a whistle blower… The government is making whistle blowing a crime. They are making dissent a crime.” – Thomas Drake

from Democracy Now!:

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake faces 35 years in prison on espionage charges for alleged unauthorized “willful retention” of five classified documents. “Espionage is the last thing my whistleblowing and First Amendment activities and actions were all about,” Drake said recently in a public speech. “This has become the specter of a truly Orwellian world where whistleblowing has become espionage.” According to The New Yorker, the Obama administration has used the Espionage Act of 1917 to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national security leaks—more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous administrations combined. We play excerpts of Thomas Drake’s first public comments and talk to former Justice Department whistleblower, Jesselyn Radack.

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