FACTCHECK: Legal Implications of Outing the Whistleblower

This article, featuring our legal director Tom Devine, was originally published here. Legal Implications of Outing the Whistleblower In one heated exchange during day three of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff cut off a line of questioning to protect the whistleblower’s identity, saying the whistleblower has “a statutory right to anonymity.” But the law [...]

Snopes: The Ukraine Whistleblower’s ID Remains Confidential: Here’s Why

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. The Ukraine Whistleblower’s ID Remains Confidential: Here’s Why The whistleblower's legal representatives said identifying that person puts the whistleblower in physical danger. A confidential whistleblower from the U.S. intelligence community came forward with an accusation that sparked an impeachment inquiry against [...]

The Washington Post: Schiff’s Claim That The Whistleblower Has a ‘Statutory Right’ to Anonymity

Note: this article, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Schiff’s Claim That The Whistleblower Has a ‘Statutory Right’ to Anonymity “I am concerned about a bad-faith effort to out a whistleblower who has a statutory right to remain anonymous.” — Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), in a closed-door deposition of Lt. [...]

Roll Call: Republicans Abandon Tradition of Whistleblower Protection at Impeachment Hearing

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine and our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, was originally published here. Republicans Abandon Tradition of Whistleblower Protection at Impeachment Hearing Efforts to out the Ukraine whistleblower could have a chilling effect, put U.S. security at risk, experts say. On Oct. 8, Alan Souza, the lead Republican [...]

CBC: ‘A Tissue Paper Shield’: Expert Slams Canada’s Lack of Protections for Whistleblowers

Note: this article and interview, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, were originally published here. 'A Tissue Paper Shield': Expert Slams Canada's Lack of Protections for Whistleblowers U.S. impeachment hearings raising questions about how Canada protects government informants Canada's weak whistleblower laws leave informants exposed to retribution and it's time to bolster protections before a [...]

2019-11-18T09:20:37-05:00November 18th, 2019|IC Whistleblower, In The News, International|

Digital Journal: How Safe are Whistleblowers? A Look at Canada and the U.S.

Note: this article, featuring our Legal Director Tom Devine, was originally published here. How Safe are Whistleblowers? A Look at Canada and the U.S. Canadian whistleblower laws are woefully inadequate to protect informants - exposing them to retribution and it's time to bolster protections before a crisis hits, says an expert who has helped defend [...]

2019-11-18T09:15:47-05:00November 18th, 2019|IC Whistleblower, In The News, International|

ACLU: Whistleblowers Are Public Servants. We Must Protect Them.

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project, was originally published here. Whistleblowers Are Public Servants. We Must Protect Them. There is no law protecting an intelligence community whistleblower's identity from disclosure or protecting them from retaliatory investigations. Congress can and must change that. President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine spoke on the phone. [...]

2019-11-18T09:11:59-05:00November 18th, 2019|IC Whistleblower, In The News, Whistleblower Anonymity|

Fast Facts on Legal Accountability for Outing the Anonymous Whistleblower

Fast Facts on Legal Accountability for Outing the Anonymous Whistleblower By Tom Devine, Legal Director Donald Trump, Jr. and others’ enthusiastic efforts to expose the anonymous impeachment whistleblowers are felonies under relevant whistleblower laws, and the President has liability for launching their campaign through his own demands. While commentators are right that the whistleblower cannot [...]

NBC4: Warner Pushes For Protection of Whistleblower in Impeachment Inquiry

Note: this article and video, featuring our National Security Analyst Irvin McCullough, were originally published here. Warner Pushes For Protection of Whistleblower in Impeachment Inquiry WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Senator Mark Warner, co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he’s deeply disturbed by the President Trump’s Twitter attacks on the intelligence whistleblower at the heart of [...]

Sign-On: Advocates Seek Stronger Protections and Confidentality for Intel Community Whistleblowers

November 12, 2019 The Honorable Richard Burr Chairman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Mark Warner Vice Chairman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Adam Schiff Chairman House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence The Honorable Devin Nunes Ranking Member House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Dear Chairmen Burr and Schiff, Vice Chairman Warner, [...]