Author Archive: Eva Blum-Dumontet

Snowden revelations: EU launches inquiry on surveillance

Snowden revelations: EU launches inquiry on surveillance

The European Parliament has commissioned an inquiry on surveillance by both the United States and European countries. Led by the Civil Liberties Committee, the inquiry will begin on September 5th. German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, a member of the committee,  has already made a noteworthy move by suggesting the name of Edward Snowden, as one of the experts to testify.   “Obviously this is only the beginning of the process,”...

 
 

France passes law to protect health and environment whistle-blowers

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On January 31st France adopted a new law protecting whistle-blowers for matters pertaining to health and environmental issues. The resolution – first proposed in the Senate by the Green Party – comes within a package of laws aiming at ensuring ethical rules in the public health and environment sectors are reviewed by appropriate experts. The package calls for the creation of a commission in charge of defining a code of...

 
 

Stratfor: Algerian Secret Services’ grip on power

Demonstrations in Algiers and Oran as protesters call for government to resign. source: Al Jazeera

On 27 February 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing 5 million emails – called the Global Intelligence Files – from the American global intelligence company Stratfor, which has been providing intelligence to private companies as well as the US government. Many of the emails discuss a figure seldom talked about in the media, General Mohammed Mediene – also known as Toufik – who is nonetheless a key actor in Algerian politics. The head of the powerful Algerian secret services, Mediene is one of the most secretive public figures in Algeria: there are only two official photos …

 
 

Bradley Manning legal proceedings: fact sheet

Bradley Manning legal proceedings: fact sheet

Accused of leaking the files released as Cablegate, as well as the Afghan war Diaries, the Iraq War Logs and the Collateral Murder footage, Bradley Manning will face a trial in August. By then he would have spent more than 800 days imprisoned. His trial and the treatment he received while in solitary confinement has attracted the attention of NGOs and the United Nations. The National Press Club, along with...

 
 

I was First Whistleblower Prosecuted Under the Espionage Act in Recent Government Rampage

On Saturday the 10th of March 2012, Matthew Miller, the ex-Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Justice Department and Attorney General Holder’s former spokesperson, posted an article on the Daily Beast asserting that the Obama Administration is right to go after ‘leakers’ who are not whistleblowers. The difference between a leaker and a whistle-blower is important. Leaks of classified information can endanger American soldiers and intelligence officers...

 
 

Attorney asks for dismissal in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — An attorney for an Army private accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of pages of classified information asked a military judge Thursday to dismiss the charges, arguing the government bungled the handover of documents to the defense. The request came during a hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning at a military courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., near Baltimore. Military prosecutors say Manning, a 24-year-old Oklahoma native,...