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BK Magazine Social Change
Posted by Tom Devine.
Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project, where he has worked to assist thousands of whistleblowers to come forward and has been involved in the all of the campaigns to pass or defend major whistleblower laws over the last two decades.
“A federal judge is investigating allegations that the government may have improperly destroyed documents during the high-profile media leak investigation of National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake.”
“A current and former top official at the Defense Department’s inspector general office are the subjects of a court investigation of alleged destruction of key documents during the watchdog’s own probe of the whistleblower case of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake.”
“Baltimore-based U.S. Magistrate Stephanie Gallagher had begun the probe after Drake’s attorneys at the Government Accountability Project in April accused the Defense Department IG’s office of having destroyed evidentiary documents several years earlier during a probe of possible retaliation against Drake.”
Former Pentagon IG Official Probed for Destroying Documents
If the government is in fact destroy critical documents regarding retaliation against whistleblowers and their claims, how could Edward Snowden possibly expect to receive a fair trial?
Daniel Ellsberg, the man who disclosed the Pentagon papers, had a different take on Snowden’s actions, arguing that Snowden “should be thanked for sparking the debate that forced Congress to change US surveillance law.”