Former NSA Employee Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack on Obama Admin. Whistleblower Crackdown

Democracy Now

We continue our conversation with Thomas Drake, who was prosecuted by the Obama administration after challenging mismanagement, waste and possible constitutional violations at the National Security Administration. “I’m the first to acknowledge that there are secrets. But not when it comes to government wrongdoing and illegalities and when in fact they’re endangering the safety of our own country,” Drake says. Former Justice Dept. spokesperson Matthew Miller now says the case may have been an “ill-considered choice for prosecution.” Drake faced 35 years in jail, and his case ended last year in a misdemeanor plea deal. We also speak with Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake’s lawyer and a whistleblower herself. She is currently the director of National Security & Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower organization. Radack has written a new book called “TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the ‘American Taliban.'” We also discuss the case of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer who also has been charged under the Espionage Act, allegedly for providing details about the CIA’s covert spy war with Iran that formed a chapter in James Risen’s book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.” [includes rush transcript]

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