Kevin Gosztola
Kevin Gosztola
Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."Source
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Federal Judge Upholds WikiLeaks' Right To Publish Stolen Information

Federal Judge Upholds WikiLeaks' Right To Publish Stolen Information

In a clear defense of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled the Democratic National Committee cannot hold WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, liable for publishing information that Russian agents were accused of stealing. The DNC sued President Donald Trump’s campaign, the Russian Federation, Assange, and WikiLeaks on April 20, 2018, alleging the dissemination of materials “furthered the prospects” of the Trump campaign. They argued officials “welcomed” the assistance of agents allegedly working for the Russian Federation. At the time, DNC chair Tom Perez accused WikiLeaks of...

August 3, 2019
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With Case Largely Over, Attorney For Reality Winner Speaks

With Case Largely Over, Attorney For Reality Winner Speaks

Defense attorney Titus Nichols, who was part of the team of attorneys that represented former NSA contractor Reality Winner, contends the Espionage Act makes it very difficult for a person accused of violating the law to defend themselves.In an interview with Shadowproof, Nichols also suggested Winner was treated more extraordinarily than other criminal cases. However, generally, he said Winner and the legal defense team were “satisfied with the result” because “the judge accepted the plea deal” and “directed her to be placed” at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.Winner...

August 28, 2018
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Biden Adviser: 'Dangerous Territory' If DNC Sponsors Climate Debate

Biden Adviser: 'Dangerous Territory' If DNC Sponsors Climate Debate

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Joe Biden, described a grassroots push for a presidential climate debate sponsored by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as “dangerous territory in the middle of a Democratic primary process.” The remarks came during a meeting of the DNC Resolutions Committee, which defeated the resolution in an 8-17 vote. A DNC member, Sanders contended if the DNC was going to host “theme-focused” debates then members should have approved such debates back in 2018, not now “one-third of the way through the Democratic primary.” She also suggested that media networks...

August 24, 2019
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Judge Keeps Assange In Glass Box For Extradition Proceedings

Judge Keeps Assange In Glass Box For Extradition Proceedings

Defendants in the United States sit with their counsel. They are not held in a “secure dock” in a manner that physically removes them from proceedings. Yet, in the United Kingdom, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., a magistrate court judge decided he must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom. The first proceedings in Assange’s extradition hearing concluded on Thursday at the Woolwich courthouse in London, which is adjacent to Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh where Assange is detained. Assange is charged with 17 counts of violating...

February 29, 2020
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Where 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand On Assange Prosecution

Where 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand On Assange Prosecution

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been jailed in London’s Belmarsh Prison since April 11, when Ecuador authorities revoked his political asylum in their embassy and British authorities arrested him.The United States government had Assange arrested for extradition on charges of violating the Espionage Act and conspiracy to commit a computer crime that stem from the disclosures from U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning that were published in 2010. As part of a questionnaire on presidential executive power, the New York Times each candidate for president whether they support the charges...

September 13, 2019
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UN Report: Meat Production Has 'Disproportionate Impact' On Climate

UN Report: Meat Production Has 'Disproportionate Impact' On Climate

A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of the United Nations, further confirms how meat consumption and production is fueling climate disruption. “Meat—sometimes specified as ruminant meat (mainly beef)—was consistently identified as the single food with the greatest impact on the environment, most often in terms of GHG [greenhouse] emissions and/or land use per unit commodity,” the report states. The IPCC’s covered climate change and land, including the following issues: desertification, land degradation, land management, food security, and greenhouse gas...

August 13, 2019
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James Comey Saved By Two-Tiered Justice System Of Prosecuting Leaks

James Comey Saved By Two-Tiered Justice System Of Prosecuting Leaks

When former FBI director James Comey retained, mishandled, and disseminated certain memos from his meetings with President Donald Trump, he violated FBI and Justice Department policies, as well as the FBI employment agreement he signed, according to the department’s inspector general.However, the inspector general did not recommend prosecution for Comey. That fits into the two-tiered justice system that exists for federal government employees in the United States.High-ranking officials, like Comey, David Petraeus, Hillary Clinton, and Leon Panetta, each mishandled classified information....

September 3, 2019
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New York Times Outs Ukraine Call Whistleblower, Sparks Outrage

New York Times Outs Ukraine Call Whistleblower, Sparks Outrage

The New York Times sparked outrage when they outed the whistleblower, who filed a complaint alleging President Donald Trump solicited interference from Ukraine in the 2020 presidential election. “The whistleblower who revealed that President Trump sought foreign help for his re-election and that the White House sought to cover it up is a CIA officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point, according to three people familiar with his identity,” the Times published. A very, very small universe of people work or have worked as CIA officers in the White House during the Trump...

September 27, 2019
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CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Released from Prison: Here's His Final 'Letter from Loretto' - Shadowproof

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Released from Prison: Here's His Final 'Letter from Loretto' - Shadowproof

John Kiriakou with his children after his release on February 3CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has been released from the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He checked into a halfway house on February 3 and then went home to be with his family and serve the remaining 86 days of his sentence on house arrest. And, to mark his departure from the facility, he penned a final letter acknowledging everything he will not miss about being incarcerated.Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under President George W....

September 5, 2019
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Protest Song Of The Week: 'Terrorism?' By Lowkey

Protest Song Of The Week: 'Terrorism?' By Lowkey

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by claiming only a very small percentage of innocent people were treated as terrorists while traveling so the outrage was overblown. He also justified the detention of a five year-old child, saying it would be wrong to assume children cannot be terrorist threats.As the Trump administration systematically criminalizes refugees and immigrants, particularly those from seven Muslim-majority countries, it is worth asking: What is terrorism? What makes a terrorist? Who is a terrorist, or rather, who are the...

September 5, 2019
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