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August 18, 2014

Join @AlyonaMink for the stories making headlines Monday morning including the latest on the ground in Ferguson, Wikileak's Assange saying he's leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy and David Gregory allegedly getting hush money to go quietly from NBC.

 

Government Executive: Meet the Man Leading Meet the Snowden Damage Investigation

August 17, 2014

By CHARLES S. CLARK

Among the many actions the Obama administration took in the “post-Snowden” era of insider threats was to appoint a new governmentwide counterintellligence chief.

The man filling that role, or the “NCIX,” as acronym-inclined national security feds call the National Counterintelligence Executive, is Bill Evanina, 47, a former FBI special agent with a counter-terrorism specialty.

Al Jazeera America: US Cities Combating Climate Change on the Local Level

August 15, 2014

By INSIDE STORY TEAM

When it comes to climate change, a major part of President Barack Obama's plan is to promote ideas and solutions at state and local levels.

Wired Magazine: Snowden – I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

August 14, 2014

By ANDY GREENBERG

If the NSA still doesn’t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it’s not because of Edward Snowden’s attempts to cover his tracks. On the contrary, the NSA’s most prolific whistleblower now claims he purposefully left a trail of digital bread crumbs designed to lead the agency directly to the files he’d copied.

International Business Times: Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Denies Revealing US Intelligence Secrets For Massive Salary

August 11, 2014

By JEFF STONE

General Keith Alexander, the former director of the U.S. National Security Agency, has spent nearly two months as a public punching bag since announcing that after decades of intelligence work, he’ll now charge private companies up to a million dollars for his advice. And this week Alexander finally responded to the criticism, telling the AP he won't be selling state secrets to the highest bidder -- which will likely anger his critics even more.   

TakePart: How Do You Recruit a Food-Industry Whistleblower?

August 07, 2014

By WILLY BLACKMORE

If you’re a USDA meat inspector or a researcher at a biotech firm, Googling “whistle-blower rights” from a company computer is probably not in your best interest. That’s why the people behind the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign have been thinking a lot about smart phones.

The group’s newly redesigned website, in addition to providing consumer information about food-related issues such as antibiotic resistance and ag-gag legislation, hopes to recruit whistle-blowers.

Food Safety News: Government Accountability Project Adds New Whistleblower Resources

August 06, 2014

The Government Accountability Project runs a campaign aimed at protecting and empowering employees to speak out against waste, fraud, abuse and violations of the law along the food supply chain.

Some of the work of the group’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) includes fighting state anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” laws, shaming the poultry industry’s heavy use of chemicals, and demanding that the Food and Drug Administration share their information regarding the use of antibiotics in food animal production.

The Register: NSA Leaker Thomas Drake Says Oz Security Reforms Are 'Scary'

August 04, 2014

By DARREN PAULI

National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake says Australia's looming national security reforms makes him 'shudder', labelling them ambiguous and a plot to stamp out legitimate public-interest whistleblowing.

Washington Post: For Whistleblowers, a Bold Move Can Be Followed by One to Department Basement

August 04, 2014

By DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD

On her 71st workday in the basement, Paula Pedene had something fun to look forward to. She had an errand to run, up on the first floor.

“Today, I get to go get the papers. Exciting!” she said. “I get to go upstairs and, you know, see people.”

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