Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler writes the blog Emptywheel. and the "Right to Know" column for ExposeFactsorg. Her book, Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy, provided a primer on the CIA Leak case surrounding Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson. She publishes at various outlets including the Guardian, Salon and the Progressive. Wheeler won the 2009 the Hillman Award for blog journalism.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:15am
New Email Release Shows: Peter King Demanded an Investigation To Find Journalist’s Sources Like Peter King
On May 7, 2012, then Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo broke the story of a thwarted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) underwear bomb plot. Within a day, several news outlets — including ABC News , Los Angeles Times , and New York Times – reported that the culprit was...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:00am
A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers
Last week focused a lot of attention on New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing the threat of jail time for refusing to testify in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. The Supreme Court refused to hear Risen’s appeal of a subpoena to testify in June. On Monday, a...
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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:15am
NSA’s Spying: Medical Records, Resumés … and [about] Obama
The WaPo has been working for months to understand a chunk of incidentally collected data Edward Snowden took from the NSA. They discovered the bulk of people being spied on — who were for the most part incidentally collected — were innocent people living their everyday lives. No government...
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 9:15am
As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory
As June 5 approaches — and with it the one year anniversary of the first reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks — the privacy community is calling supporters to redouble efforts to improve the NSA “reform bill,” which I call the USA Freedumber Act, in the Senate. I explained here why the Senate is...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 2:45pm
What If the Democratic Response to Snowden Is to Expand Surveillance?
I got distracted reading two pieces this morning. This great Andrew O’Hehir piece , on how those attacking Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald ought to consider the lesson of Justice Louis Brandeis’ dissent in Olmstead. In the famous wiretapping case Olmstead v. United States, argued before the...
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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 2:46pm
John Kiriakou’s Prosecution Is an Important Precedent to CIA – Senate Intelligence Committee Spat
On several occasions, I have pointed to the arbitrary system our classification system constructs. It asks government employees to spy on their colleagues. It permits agencies to conduct fishing expeditions into personal information as part of the polygraph process.
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Friday, January 10, 2014 - 6:58am
Obama Approves Releasing Classified Information to Attack Snowden for Leaking Classified Information
Kudos to Shane Harris who , unlike a number of other reporters, brought the appropriate skepticism to Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger’s attempt to fearmonger Edward Snowden’s leaks.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:28pm
The NSA Review Panel Didn't Answer the Real Question: Was Any of This Legal?
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:27am
President Obama's NSA Review Group Is Typical Administration Whitewash
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:13pm
Sy Hersh Writing about Politicized Intelligence Again, Syria Edition
Sy Hersh has a long piece in the London Review of Books accusing the Obama Administration of cherry-picking intelligence to present its case that Bashar al-Assad launched the chemical weapons attack on August 21. To be clear, Hersh does not say that Assad did not launch the attack. Nor does he say al-Nusra carried out the attack. Rather, he shows that:
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