What a difference a decade makes!
joins the Obama administration in equating whistleblowers with spies, a characterization aimed at silencing other potential whistleblowers. As I wrote yesterday, the magazine’s cover story is a complete disaster. It pictures hacktivist Aaron Swartz, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden & WikiLeaks defendant Bradley Manning under the screaming words, “THE INFORMERS.” Worse, it ignores key facts, the law, and the magazine’s prior recognition of whistleblowers when it named “The Whistleblowers” persons of the year in 2002.
The article reads like government propaganda rather than journalism, and fumbles around looking for a “reason” why Manning, Snowden and Swartz strongly objected to the surveillance state.
Despite candidate Obama’s pledges to be the most transparent administration in history, we’ve seen the opposite. As another whistleblower himself, Peter Van Buren, wrote in “Obama’s War on Whistleblowers” for Mother Jones,
The Obama administration has been cruelly and unusually punishing in its use of the 1917 Espionage Act to stomp on governmental leakers, truth-tellers, and whistleblowers whose disclosures do not support the president’s political ambitions. As Thomas Drake, himself avictim of Obama’s crusade against whistleblowers, told me, “This makes a mockery of the entire classification system, where political gain is now incentive for leaking and whistleblowing is incentive for prosecution.”
The Obama administration has charged more people (six) under the Espionage Act for the alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined.