(food for thought...
by Whitney Webb, MintPress News
Early Thursday morning, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against
Daniel Everette Hale — a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air
Force and National Security Agency (NSA) and later a defense contractor
working for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) — for
providing a reporter with classified government information. The
reporter in question, although unnamed in the indictment, is Jeremy
Scahill, co-founder of and journalist for the online publication The Intercept.
The indictment against Hale makes him the third Intercept source
to be charged with leaking classified information to the outlet in less
than two years. Notably, both of the government whistleblowers that
have already been prosecuted and convicted by the Trump administration –
Reality Winner and Terry Albury – were Intercept sources who were outed as whistleblowers by reporters working for the online publication.
The publication, which has long been
associated with the documents shared by whistleblower Edward Snowden,
has yet to fire any of the reporters responsible for these breaches that
have seen two whistleblowers already imprisoned and third, Daniel Hale,
likely to be imprisoned.
Despite its increasingly dismal track record, the publication – largely funded by
government-linked tech billionaire Pierre Omidyar – continues to invite
and “welcome” whistleblowers from the public and private sector and
implores them to “consider sharing your information securely with us.”...
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