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On May 22, ProPublica published an article titled “Charting Obama’s Crackdown on National Security Leaks.”
The article’s author Cora Currier writes:
Last week, the AP announced the Department of Justice had secretly seized reporters’ phone records while investigating a potential CIA leak. On Monday, The Washington Post revealed the DOJ had also targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen as part of its criminal leak case against Stephen Kim, outlined below.
None of the journalists in either case are being charged with a crime. But the news has prompted outcry that Obama’s hard line on leaks could have a “chilling effect” on investigative reporting that depends on inside sources.
While the Obama administration promised to strengthen protections for whistleblowers, it has launched an aggressive crackdown on government employees who have leaked national security information to the press.
The administration has brought a total of six cases under the Espionage Act, which dates from World War I and criminalizes disclosing information “relating to the national defense.” (The Department of Justice has five criminal cases and the Army has one against alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning.)
Today Amnesty International published an article titled “Cambodia: Release mother imprisoned for housing rights activism.”
The article reads:
The Cambodian authorities must release housing rights activist Yorm Bopha who was imprisoned after an unfair trial, Amnesty International said ahead of her appeal hearing this week.
On 27 December 2012, the Municipal Court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh convicted Yorm Bopha, 31, for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances”, sentencing her to three years’ imprisonment.
She was accused of planning an assault on two men in August 2012. But during the trial witness testimonies were inconsistent, sometimes conflicting with each other, and some witnesses admitted to being intoxicated when the alleged crime occurred.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story picked up an AFP article titled “Federal Reserve studying effect of Paypal and Bitcoin on banking.”
The article reads:
The United States is studying the potential risk from online payment mechanisms like PayPal and Bitcoin, a top US Federal Reserve official told an international conference on Monday.
Some bankers have expressed worries that newer players in the online marketplace could have negative implications for the financial system.
“We have been talking… with banking organisations over the last year or two, trying more carefully to understand what the concerns are with these new payment mechanisms,” Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said.
But she denied the widespread view that such players operate completely unregulated, saying the United States has a stronger regulatory environment than many are aware of, especially in the area of consumer protection.
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