Monday, September 26, 2011

What's in a Link?

Peter Van Buren, a long-time State Department employee, blogger, and author most recently of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People talks about how a link on his personal blog to a Wikileaks document led to him being interrogated by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and might even cost him his job.

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Anonymous said...

Welcome to the real world where what you do honestly is not held in high esteem by people that surround you regardless of their rank in the government you represent and their own or lack thereof, code of ethics.

Anonymous said...

I wish the RSS feed worked so I don't have to use iTunes. :-(

TomDispatch said...

The RSS feed should be working. Just make sure you have the current link as it changed a few months ago:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nightmare to personal freedom. Continue to tell the truth please. It is appreciated and important to my need to know what the USA is doing. This is embarrassing how easy a breach of security really is. Security Clearance is pointless with 4 million gov't employees being able to snoop around the servers.

Robert Coss said...

"What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops." ~ Jesus

He had the same problem in His day and a plan to circumvent it.

Bill Wolfe said...

Listening to your story just caused a flashback.

I had very similar experience as a whistleblower in NJ during Governor Whitman's term.

For leaking documents that revealed wrongdoing and fraud, I was accused of criminal theft and threatened with Grand Jury indictment

In the course of my attorney's rebutting these charges, the State did not pursue the trumped up threatened criminal charges but had enough self incriminating evidence to pursue administrative charges of insubordination and seek dismissal.