US govt overclassifies docs to prevent public learning about crimes

The authorities is making an attempt to prevent whistleblowing and investigative journalism, a former FBI agent advised RT talking on the case of an ex-intelligence analyst dealing with 50 years in jail for leaking information about the US drone program.

Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested this Thursday and was charged with illegally acquiring and disclosing labeled nationwide protection info and theft of presidency property below the Espionage Act.

Back in 2013, Hale supplied dozens of secret US navy papers to the Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, the US officers confirmed, regardless that the whistleblower’s indictment doesn’t include the title of the journalist he contacted, or the title of the media outlet that revealed his supplies.

The paperwork he leaked revealed the interior workings of the US counterterrorism operations abroad below the administration of then-President Barack Obama, which concerned focused drone strikes. Such operations typically led to the deaths of greater than a dozen civilians in only one strike.

The accusations leveled in opposition to Hale now, greater than 5 years after he allegedly leaked the paperwork, solely reveal Washington’s need to strain these, who need the US authorities to be accountable for his or her actions and bear public duty for his or her selections, into silence, the activists and whistleblowers consider.

James Risen, director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, advised NBC that Hale’s prosecution “amounts to an abuse of the Espionage Act to criminalize the process of reporting.”

“There [should] be a law that prevents classification of information evidencing a crime. A lot of their overclassification is actually to prevent people from learning about crimes, which is completely illegal,” Coleen Rowley, a former FBI agent and whistleblower, advised RT.

She mentioned that the US institution doesn’t need public accountability as a result of it might be “very difficult” for them to clarify their actions to the folks as a result of the folks “understand that you are not supposed to be able to commit a crime and then to be able to cover it up.”

She additionally criticized the present stage of public scrutiny over the actions of the US excessive authorities by saying that “we have gone that far in pressing the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press that the people are pretty ignorant about all the stuff that is going on except for these occasional [leaks] with the help of whistleblowers.”