The Espionage Act Has Been Abused — But Not in Trump’s Case

Opinion by Jameel Jaffer — Politico

Reforms to the law are long overdue, but they have nothing to do with the Mar-a-Lago search.

Donald Trump Has His Own History With the Espionage Act

By Micah Lee — The Intercept

The Trump administration used the controversial law to target media outlets and sources who provided important information to the public.

Mike Pompeo and CIA Sued for Illegal Surveillance of Assange’s Visitors

By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout

Attorneys and journalists whom the CIA spied on when they visited WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London have filed a lawsuit against the CIA, its former director Mike Pompeo, UC Global and its director, David Morales, in U.S. District Court.

What happened to Glenn Greenwald? The former trans ally now sides with right wing transphobia

By Eoin Higgins — Salon

In 2022, Pride month — June — gave way to an explosion of invective against LGBTQ rights, helped along by allies in right-wing media, particularly Fox News. But there’s also rising anti-trans sentiment in the liberal-left sphere, and it’s being driven by some elements of what might be called the “post-left,” onetime champions of progressive outlooks who have now tilted to the right. Former Intercept writer (and Salon columnist) Glenn Greenwald is one of those leading the charge, turning his audience on to fringe elements of a growing hate movement.

Biden Should Grant Clemency to Drone Warfare Whistleblower Daniel Hale

By Danaka Katovich, Truthout

One year ago this July, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale stood in front of Judge Liam O’Grady at his sentencing and explained himself. After a lengthy investigation and prosecution, it was finally the day when Hale would find out if he would spend years in prison for doing something he felt morally obligated to do: Tell the truth about the United States’ drone program.

CIA Whistleblower Reflects on the Persecution of Julian Assange

By Jeffrey Sterling

It is difficult to talk about happenings in the world other than the continued, appalling Russian invasion of Ukraine and the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Chicagoland, and elsewhere. Then, there is the Supreme Court which continues down a judicial road of eroding personal rights and towing the conservative party line. I don’t want to take attention away from those outrages. However, the shadow of one tragedy is not dispelled by the light of another.

Documents Reveal Advanced AI Tools Google Is Selling to Israel

By Sam Biddle — The Intercept
Google employees, who have been kept in the dark about the “Nimbus” AI project, have concerns about Israeli human rights abuses.

Rashida Tlaib Is Trying to Fix the Espionage Act, but Whistleblowers Are Probably Out of Luck

By James Risen — The Intercept

The antiquated measure is an abuse of the legal system, but the Justice Department has no incentive to stop using it.

For more than 100 years, the Espionage Act, one of the worst laws in American history, has stayed on the books, impervious to reform.

‘It Would Force the Government to Actually Prove Espionage, not Whistleblowing’

By Janine Jackson —

CounterSpin interview with Chip Gibbons on why Assange matters

Janine Jackson interviewed Chip Gibbons about the latest updates in the Julian Assange case for the July 8, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

America’s High-Tech Surveillance Could Track Abortion-Seekers, Too, Activists Warn

By Rebecca Chowdhury – Time

Alejandra Pablos leans into the camera, and her curly black hair frames her face. “We are going to hear about abortions,” she says to viewers watching via Instagram Live. Every Tuesday, Pablos hosts virtual Abortion Speak Outs.