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Obama’s Quiet Crackdown On Leaks

May 17, 2011 by  

Obama’s Quiet Crackdown On Leaks

The Administration of President Barack Obama has used the Espionage Act to bring criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks. That is more than all previous Administrations combined.

In an article on NewYorker.com, reporter Jane Meyer discusses the case of Thomas Drake, a former senior executive for the National Security Agency. Drake is being charged under the Espionage Act for talking to a reporter at The Baltimore Sun about “fraud, waste and abuse and the fact that there were legal alternatives to the (George W.) Bush Administration’s ‘dark side.’”

“When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as ‘often the best source of information about waste, fraud and abuse in government,’” the article read. “Gabriel Schoenfeld, a conservative political scientist at the Hudson Institute… says, ‘Ironically, Obama has presided over the most Draconian crackdown on leaks in our history — even more so than Nixon.’”

In the article, Drake said he had hoped Obama would be different, “But power is incredibly destructive. It’s a weird, pathological thing. I also think the intelligence community co-opted Obama, because he’s rather naive about national security. He’s accepted the fear and secrecy. We’re in a scary space in this country.”

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