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  •  WaPo is not on the whistleblowers' side (3+ / 0-)
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    The WaPo editorial merely says the punishment is overly severe.  But, WaPo is fully behind the concept of punishing whistleblowers.

    ...this page also recognizes the federal government’s right to take action against officials who breach confidentiality agreements, especially those that touch on national security.

    The question here is whether the indictment and proposed punishment are proportionate to the alleged infraction. At times, revocation of security clearances may be the most appropriate action; dismissal and prosecution may be called for when more serious violations are confirmed.

    And, in case that doesn't sufficiently appease their masters, they've further diluted their "support" by weasel-wording the title (emphasis added), "A case that could be overkill against a whistleblower."  

    Glen Greenwald's latest article provides an excellent analysis of the Washington Post's routine deference to establishment authorities, thus its  weak-kneed 'support' of whistleblowers.

    •  True, the WaPo editorial (1+ / 0-)
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      is not as strong in support of Drake as it could be.

      But I am grateful that even conservative WaPo editorial board sees the Drake prosecution as problematic and recognizes the First Amendment implications.

      One thing WaPo does is rightly point out that there are administrative penalties usually invoked for employees accused of taking classified information home -  a detail often missed in coverage of the Drake prosecution. Espionage Act charges are not the norm; apparently they are reserved for whistleblowers.

      The Canary in the Coalmine is available for purchase at

      by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:44:23 AM PDT

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