Whistleblower Thomas Drake used every internal channel available to whistleblowers before sharing declassified information that highlighted waste, fraud, abuse and illegality to the tune of $4 billion. For this, he was charged with ten felony counts, five of which fell under the Espionage Act.
NSA Whistleblower Denounces Petraeus Plea Bargain
“John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst who disclosed U.S. waterboarding of a terrorism suspect to a reporter and was later prosecuted under the Espionage Act,” received two years in jail, lost his job and pension, and was forced to be away from his wife and five children.
David Petraeus Admits Sharing Military Secrets with Mistress
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GAP’S Jesselyn Radack sums up the two-tiered justice system with this piece in Foreign Policy.
Petraeus, Snowden, and the Two-Tiered Justice System