During the 2008 campaign candidate Obama welcomed and honored those who blew the whistle on governmental waste, fraud and abuse. But as is true in all things Obama, what he said then shares no relationship to his actions now.
This weeks “Listening Post” reports on the Obama White House war on journalists and whistleblowers speaking in depth to whistleblower Jesselyn Radack.
Four years ago, on the campaign trail, candidate Barack Obama shared his views on whistleblowers. He said: “Often the best source of information about waste, fraud and abuse in government is a government employee committed to public integrity, willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism … should be encouraged rather than stifled.”
As president, the reality has been very different. On his watch, six whistleblowers have been charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information. That is twice as many as all past presidents combined.
The threat facing whistleblowers has implications in many areas, including defence, intelligence and national security. And then there is the impact it is having on the US media – as the sources dry up, so too do the stories and the American people are left knowing less and less about what their government is doing.
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