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Monday, May 23, 2016
2016-05-23 US: The war against wihstle-blowers
2016-05-23 US: The war against wihstle-blowers =================================
"In the 209-page legal brief made public on Thursday, lawyers for Manning questioned the testimony of military officials at her trial, arguing that their claims of harm were “speculative” and “provided no indication” of actual harm, which they said had a “highly prejudicial” effect on the trial.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief arguing that applying the Espionage Act to whistleblowers is unconstitutional and “furnishes the government with a tool for selective prosecution.”
The ACLU brief cites the example of Gen. David Petraeus, a former Army general and CIA director, who gave eight notebooks filled with classified information to his biographer, who he was sleeping with. Petraeus was not charged under the Espionage Act, accepted a plea deal for two years probation and a $100,000 fine, and kept his security clearance.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has cited Manning’s treatment and trial as a key reason for not returning to the United States."