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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
Dick Cheney’s Foggy Memory on Bush’s Plausible Deniability for Torture
One of just three issues this Playboy interview [marginally SFW] with Dick Cheney pressed him on (the other two being whether Bush misjudged Putin and whether Cheney’s father loved him) was whether President Bush had been briefed on the torture program. James Rosen starts by asking whether Bush was...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 1:15pm
David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice
As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information materials to his mistress,...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:15pm
James Clapper Admits Phone Dragnet Data Retention Is about Discerning Patterns
In the Q&A portion of a James Clapper chat at Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, he was asked about the phone dragnet and Section 215 ( this starts after 48:00 ). He made news for the way he warned Congress that if they take away Section 215 (he didn’t specify whether he was talking about...
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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:00am
Yes, Eric Holder Does Do the Intelligence Community’s Bidding in Leak Prosecutions
The second-to-last witness in the government’s case against Jeffrey Sterling, FBI Special Agent Ashley Hunt, introduced a number of things she had collected over the course of her 7.5 year investigation into James Risen’s chapter on Operation Merlin. That included a few things — most notably two...
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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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