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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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:30am
The Sterling Closing Arguments: Who Is the Hero, Who Is the Storyteller?
“Jeffrey Sterling was the hero of Risen’s story,” prosecutor Eric Olshan finished his closing argument in the Jeffrey Sterling trial. “Don’t let him be the hero of this one.” “They are patriots,” prosecutor Jim Trump ended his remarks, speaking of the many CIA officers the jury had heard from. “...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:15pm
FBI's James Comey Bullies NYT to Stop Publishing Anonymous Claims about Drone Killings
Best as I can tell, the FBI Director has officially told the NYT to stop republishing anonymous government claims about drone strikes anymore. “Your decision to grant anonymity to a spokesperson for [an organization] so he could clarify the role of his group in assassinating innocents, including a...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:15pm
The Sterling Trial: Merlin Meets Curveball
“Very often you get a curveball thrown at you.” When Bob S, a longtime CIA operations manager working on Weapons of Mass Destruction described the ambiguity common on CIA operations as getting a “curveball” thrown at you in Wednesday’s testimony at the Jeffrey Sterling trial, he surely didn’t mean...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 8:15am
Government Declares a Monopoly on the Right to Call James Risen as a Witness
As Josh Gerstein first reported , the government has asked the judge in the Jeffrey Sterling trial, Leonie Brinkema, to declare James Risen unavailable as a witness. After having defended their own right to call Risen as a witness all the way to the Supreme Court, claiming all the way they need...
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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:15am
The Government's Flawed Single-Source Theory of Investigative Journalism
As reported by ExposeFacts last month , former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling wants to show that several of the key witnesses against him (including his superior at CIA) have themselves mishandled classified information. A government filing released last month provides more details about Sterling’s...
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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:00pm
As Obama Embraces Multi-Fronted War, He Fires Chuck Hagel
In recent days, the press has reported that President Obama signed an order (or on second thought, maybe it’s just an unsigned decision that can’t be FOIAed , so don’t start anything, Jason Leopold) basically halting and partly reversing his plans for withdrawal. President Obama decided in recent...
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Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:00am
President Who Had Yemeni Journalist Jailed Criticizes Impunity for Mistreatment of Journalists
Sunday, November 2, 2014, was the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. To mark the date, the President issued this statement . History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:30pm
Are FBI and NCTC Trying to Pressure Prosecutors to Charge the Second Intercept Source?
Citing “law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case,” Michael Isikoff reports that the government has identified “the second leaker” — a source of information on drone targeting and terrorist watchlisting for The Intercept. The FBI has identified an employee of a...
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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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