The NSA and the Australian government declined to answer questions about the surveillance.
The National Security Agency was involved in the surveillance of an American law firm while it represented a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States, The New York Times reported in a story based on a top-secret document obtained by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. The February 2013 document shows that the […]
A number of news organizations told Attorney General Eric Holder to, in effect, “go to hell” when invited to an “off the record” meeting to discuss the Justice Department’s guidelines on so-called guidelines governing security leak investigations of reporters. Angry over Holder’s harassment of the Associated Press and secret monitoring of Fox News reporter James […]
It was a rare moment in relations between the media and the government: In 2008, FBI Director Robert Mueller called the top editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post to apologize because the bureau had improperly obtained reporters’ telephone records four years earlier. The extraordinary call was an admission that the FBI’s […]
At Washington & Lee University recently, the communications professor introduced me to his class as a “visual journalist.” A few weeks earlier, another prof at Hollins University called me a “multi-media storyteller.” Over the years, what I do for a living has come under many titles. I’ve been a photojournalist, a journalist who takes photographs, […]
Keith Obermann, the fire-breathing sit-down comic masquerading as a journalist, arrived at Current TV like a Tasmanian devil, all whirling dervish praising his own self-perceived greatness while demanding perks and special treatment. From the beginning, the Olbermann-Current relationship was a marriage made in hell, an attention-grabbing ploy doomed to failure. Larger, more-established networks had tried […]
A former CIA officer was arrested on Thursday on charges of illegally disclosing national defense information about Iran to a New York Times reporter who wrote a book. The U.S. Justice Department said Jeffrey Sterling, 43, was charged with six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawfully keeping national […]
The Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 special licenses to American companies over the past decade so they could sell some types of products in Iran and other countries the U.S. considers terrorist sponsors, The New York Times reported Thursday. Companies such as Kraft Food and Pepsi and some of the largest U.S. banks benefited, […]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, was expected to walk free on bail on Thursday after London’s High Court upheld a decision to release him under strict conditions. Assange, the target of U.S. fury over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret diplomatic cables, has spent nine days in a London jail […]
The Obama administration moved forcefully Monday to contain damage from the release of more than a quarter-million classified diplomatic files, branding the action as an attack on the United States and raising the prospect of legal action against online whistle-blower WikiLeaks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the […]
David Hume once wrote, “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” Few words ring ever so true and appropriate today. It isn’t so much the point that our rights and liberties are at risk, but that so many people are so willing to give up those rights and liberties, without the least bit of struggle.