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, 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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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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