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Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the NSA who was charged under the Espionage Act for the unauthorized “willful retention” of classified documents. Drake’s problems with the agency started when he found himself on the minority side of a debate about two new tools for collecting intelligence from digital sources. One program, called Trailblazer, was being built by an outside contractor for $1.2 billion; the other, known as ThinThread, was created in-house by a legendary crypto-mathematician named Bill Binney for about $3 million.


Then, in the wake of the attacks of Sept. 11 2001, the NSA, with the approval of the Bush administration, began the illegal warrantless surveillance of American citizens. This did not sit well with Drake, who says that during his time in the Air Force, where he also did surveillance work, the imperative to protect American’s privacy was drilled into him. “If you accidentally intercepted U.S. persons, there were special procedures to expunge it.”

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Amid an unexpected fight over US surveillance powers from congressional Republicans, the National Security Agency has agreed to curb its highly controversial collection of Americans' emails that discuss foreign intelligence targets, although how comprehensive that stoppage is remains unclear.
Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, computer software expert, linguist, management and leadership specialist, and whistleblower. In 2010 the government alleged that ...

... of NSA surveillance programs prove that the US has abandoned the rule of law, betraying its own constitution, whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake, told ... Coleen Rowley, a former FBI agent and whistleblower, noted that Snowden was “remarkably centered,” while Jesselyn Radack, of the Government ...
Drake, who resigned from the NSA under pressure in 2008, has been working in recent months at an Apple computer store outside Washington, D.C., ... According to Jesselyn A. Radack of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy organization, the Obama administration “has brought more leak ...
Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy ... Thomas Drake is a National Security Agency whistleblower who was charged with violating the Espionage Act after he exposed fraud and ...
Yet the NSA has other authorities available to it for collecting substantial amounts of the same sort of American communications, including a Ronald Reagan-era executive order, known as 12333. The NSA has not indicated whether or not the “about” collection will cease wholesale, or merely migrate to a ...

“The irony is that the US has abandoned the rule of law,” Drake, who also revealed NSA secrets in the past, said of Snowden's leaks. “They've unchained itself from ... The NSA whistleblower is currently staying at an undisclosed location In Russia, reportedly under heavy security. The whistleblowers, who ...
Drake, who resigned from the NSA under pressure in 2008, has been working in recent months at an Apple computer store outside Washington, D.C., answering ... Radack, a former Justice Department attorney, was herself a whistleblower, having told a reporter in 2002 that FBI interrogators violated the right of American ...
Drake, who resigned from the NSA under pressure in 2008, has been working in recent months at an Apple computer store outside Washington, D.C., answering ... Radack, a former Justice Department attorney, was herself a whistleblower, having told a reporter in 2002 that FBI interrogators violated the right of American ...
On June 13th, a fifty-four-year-old former government employee named Thomas Drake is scheduled to appear in a courtroom in Baltimore, where he will .... on specific issues, but she told the President that, according to his own logic, Drake was exactly the kind of whistle-blower who deserved protection.
Yet the NSA has other authorities available to it for collecting substantial amounts of the same sort of American communications, including a Ronald Reagan-era executive order, known as 12333. The NSA has not indicated whether or not the “about” collection will cease wholesale, or merely migrate to a ...
... the government's attack on whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake impact on the reactions which Edward Snowden would later take against the NSA? ... high-up Pentagon officials repeatedly broke the law in their handling of Thomas Drake's whistleblowing case, including by withholding and destroying ...
... and the US whistleblowers (L to R) Coleen Rowley (FBI), Thomas Drake (NSA), ... Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance programs prove that the ... betraying its own constitution, whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake, told RT. ... The NSA whistleblower is currently staying at an undisclosed ...
Drake, who resigned from the NSA under pressure in 2008, has been working in ... According to Jesselyn A. Radack of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy organization, the Obama .... Thomas Andrews Drake.
The N.S.A., he went on, collects “intelligence for the soldier in the field. ... a picture of a public-interested whistle-blower who struggled to bring ...
Silenced: Whistleblower Documentary Debuts in Amsterdam ... (NSA) whistleblower, Thomas Andrews Drake, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ... Thomas Drakerevealed the ongoing waste and abuse at the NSA, which was ...
... and the US whistleblowers (L to R) Coleen Rowley (FBI), Thomas Drake (NSA), ... Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance programs prove that the ... betraying its own constitution, whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake, told RT. ... The NSA whistleblower is currently staying at an undisclosed ...

Drake, who resigned from the NSA under pressure in 2008, has been working in ... According to Jesselyn A. Radack of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy organization, the Obama .... Thomas Andrews Drake.
The N.S.A., he went on, collects “intelligence for the soldier in the field. ... a picture of a public-interested whistle-blower who struggled to bring ...
The N.S.A., he went on, collects “intelligence for the soldier in the field. ... a picture of a public-interested whistle-blower who struggled to bring ...
Although the prosecution was not completed until the Obama Administration, it was the Bush administration that began the investigation into NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, a military veteran whose career prospects were ruined even though the espionage ...
I'm hoping to interview him and see if he'll come clean. Other former NSA experts, like Thomas Drake and Bill Binney, are also Russian agents.
I'm hoping to interview him and see if he'll come clean. Other former NSA experts, like Thomas Drake and Bill Binney, are also Russian agents.
Kiriakou invokes the federal government's legal definition of whistleblower here: anybody who discloses illegality, mismanagement, waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a danger to public health and safety.
My client, former NSA senior official Thomas Drake, was prosecuted under the Espionage Act, only to later be widely recognized as a whistleblower. There is no public interest defense to Espionage Act charges, and courts have ruled that a whistleblower ...
While Harold Martin, 51, was not directly charged with the release of a cache of NSA hacking tools, U.S. officials told The Washington Post last year that he remains the prime suspect.
"It's a hidden empire," another NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake, says. How have the West's geopolitical rivals, particularly Russia and China, reacted to this extraordinary intelligence behemoth whose operations and facilities cover all time zones and ...
That the CIA has reached into the lives of all Americans through its wholesale gathering of the nation's "haystack" of information has already been reported.
When others like Thomas Drake, then a National Security Adviser for President George W. Bush in the early days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke out and got their lives turned upside down by supposed representative government, Edward Snowden ...
When others like Thomas Drake, then a National Security Adviser for President George W. Bush in the early days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke out and got their lives turned upside down by supposed representative government, Edward Snowden ...
"Under both FISA and 12333," she says, "Americans' communications can be 'incidentally' intercepted by NSA. Under FISA, the raw data can be disseminated to CIA and FBI. That is now also true for EO 12333, but wasn't true at the time the surveillance at ...
In speaking about Trump's Twitter accusation, the 30-year architect of the NSA's surveillance program and noted agency whistleblower William Binney said that wiretapping and spying on American citizens for political purposes is nothing new to the ...
In depicting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden as a Russian spy, author Edward Jay Epstein acknowledges his debt to the CIA's famously paranoid counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who specialized in counterintuitive ...
My three colleagues, each of them an earlier awardee, were whistleblowers Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, and Jesselyn Raddack (ex-FBI, -NSA, -Department of Justice, respectively). After the award ceremony we spent seven hours relaxing and comparing ...
However, they may claim some relief from disciplinary action under the whistleblower protection provisions. Few, if any, journalists have been prosecuted to date, but they may end up in jail for refusing to divulge ... Thomas Drake, a National Security ...
I've known Daniel Ellsberg for only five minutes but, curious, I unwind it from my neck and give it over. One-handed, with a flick of his wrist, the famous Pentagon Papers whistleblower produces an elegant knot. With another flick ... he demanded. He ...
Among the names mentioned were CIA agents John Kiriakou and Jeffrey Sterling, National Security Agency analyst Thomas Drake, former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, still-at-large NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Naval intelligence employee Samuel Morison ...
I've known Daniel Ellsberg for only five minutes but, curious, I unwind it from my neck and give it over. One-handed, with a flick of his wrist, the famous Pentagon Papers whistleblower produces an elegant knot. With another flick ... he demanded. He ...
In the scheme of what is regarded as criminal in terms of leaks, the most serious or one of the most serious bits of information that can be leaked is what's called signals intelligence, or information gathered by the NSA or the CIA or other ...
Obama-era prosecutions under the Espionage Act included the case against Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency senior executive charged with leaking information related to alleged government waste to the Baltimore Sun.
Former CIA analyst Pat Eddington is suing the Department of Defense over a 2010 case in which a former National Security Agency employee was charged with espionage after speaking to a reporter with the Baltimore Sun.
In 2010, Thomas Drake, a former senior employee at the National Security Agency, was charged with espionage for speaking to a reporter from the Baltimore Sun about a bloated, dysfunctional intelligence program he believed would violate Americans' ...
Former CIA analyst Pat Eddington is suing the Department of Defense over a 2010 case in which a former National Security Agency employee was charged with espionage after speaking to a reporter with the Baltimore Sun.
Whether it was our internal intelligence services in the United States - this is the F.B.I. - the external intelligence services that spy on people who are sitting in the room there with you, the C.I.
But the NSA's internal process, this watchdog that was supposed to be protecting the Constitution, that was supposed to be waiting for men like Thomas Drake to stand up and say, "Whoa, somebody's breaking the rules here," he responded like this. ... of ...
Although he mentioned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden ("the Snowden incident"), he said nothing about how he would ensure there were "proper channels" for whistleblowers to raise concerns about policies and programs they might find to be unethical or ...
Although he mentioned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden ("the Snowden incident"), he said nothing about how he would ensure there were "proper channels" for whistleblowers to raise concerns about policies and programs they might find to be unethical or ...
The Reporters Committee also filed a separate application in federal district court in Maryland seeking sealed court records concerning the investigation of former NSA employee Thomas Andrews Drake. In June 2011, Drake pled guilty to a single charge ...
The Reporters Committee also filed a separate application in federal district court in Maryland seeking sealed court records concerning the investigation of former NSA employee Thomas Andrews Drake. In June 2011, Drake pled guilty to a single charge ...
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