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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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:45am
The Section 215 Rap Sheet
Marco Rubio, who is running for President as an authoritarian, claims that “There is not a single documented case of abuse of this program.” He’s not alone. One after another defender of the dragnet make such claims. FBI witnesses who were asked specifically about abuses in 2011 claimed FBI did not...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:45pm
Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets
Yesterday, Judge Leonie Brinkema sentenced Jeffrey Sterling to 42 months in prison for leaking information about a dubious CIA plot to deal nuclear blueprints to Iran to New York Times journalist James Risen. Given how circumstantial the case against Sterling was — consisting largely of metadata —...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:00pm
To Send a Message, Judge Sentences David Petraeus to 75% of One Speaking Fee
Former CIA Director David Petraeus just got sentenced to two years of probation for leaking highly sensitive information to his mistress and then lying to the FBI about it. Petraeus had asked to enter the court room via a backdoor, so he would not be photographed, but he was forced to enter the...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 5:15pm
DOJ Claims Grossly Disparate Treatment Will 'Promote Respect for the Law'
On Thursday, David Petraeus will be sentenced in North Carolina. If all goes as his lawyers and the government have arranged, he will get a year of probation for leaking some of this country’s most sensitive secrets to his mistress. On May 11 (the date has been postponed from this week), Jeffrey...
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 4:00pm
Official Leaks: “These Senior People Do Whatever They Want”
When asked whether he would have supported working with the producers of Zero Dark Thirty , Department of Defense’s Director of Entertainment Media said he would not have recommended working with screenwriter Mark Boal and director Katherine Bigelow, because he was not happy with the way their...
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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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