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#Whistleblower

# whistleblower - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

You're fired: US surveillance whistleblower sacked by his employer

Booz Allen Hamilton confirmed in a statement that Edward Snowden’s employment with them had been “terminated”.

Varadkar: We need another investigation into the penalty points controversy

“In a lot of cases they were explaining away penalty point terminations that to the reasonable person seemed a little bit unusual,” Leo Varadkar has said of the garda report into the cancellation of penalty points.

# whistleblower - Monday 10 June, 2013

This is the man responsible for one of the biggest leaks in US history Whistleblower This post contains videos

This is the man responsible for one of the biggest leaks in US history

Edward Snowden, 29, has been working at the National Security Agency for the past four years and has revealed himself after disclosing America’s vast, secret programme to monitor internet users.

# whistleblower - Friday 7 June, 2013

Whistleblower invites Taoiseach to discuss penalty points controversy Exclusive

Garda “stands firm” on his claims and asks the Taoiseach to view his evidence.

# whistleblower - Friday 3 May, 2013

TDs and senators back down from sanctions on Russia over lawyer death

Warnings from the Russian ambassador to Ireland over possible blacklisting of Russian officials in response to the treatment and death of Sergei Magnitsky appear to have been heeded.

# whistleblower - Sunday 24 March, 2013

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Sunday.

# whistleblower - Sunday 10 February, 2013

From The42 The man in the middle: Here are our favourite referees of all time Whistleblower

The man in the middle: Here are our favourite referees of all time

We pay homage to the guys with the thankless job.

# whistleblower - Friday 21 December, 2012

From The42 I’ll be seeing you: Poite gets the whistle for crucial Munster and Leinster matches Heineken Cup

I’ll be seeing you: Poite gets the whistle for crucial Munster and Leinster matches

The French referee will oversee the Irish provinces in rounds five and six.

TDs call for public inquiry over quashed penalty points

They also revealed details of four incidents where drivers who had allegedly had penalty point offences quashed were later involved in fatal accidents.

# whistleblower - Saturday 15 September, 2012

Grangegorman whistleblower out of work as Irish Advocacy Network hit by funding shortage

Louise Bayliss was “shocked” to hear that the Irish Advocacy Network had no jobs for its trainees but CEO Colette Nolan said funding has got so tight the group is looking for ways to keep the staff it already has.

# whistleblower - Sunday 5 February, 2012

Column: Whistleblowers are essential to our society – and I should know

Louise Bayliss was made redundant after publicising the treatment of mental health patients. Following her reinstatement, she argues Ireland has kept secrets for too long.

# whistleblower - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Grangegorman whistleblower Louise Bayliss reinstated by Irish Advocacy Network

Louise Bayliss, who publicised the plight of patients who were to be kept in a locked unit for Christmas, has got her job back.

# whistleblower - Sunday 22 January, 2012

The Daily Fix: Sunday

In tonight’s Fix: State assets, assassinations, apologies, and a glamour model turns to economics…

TDs raise concerns over Grangegorman whistleblower's dismissal

Louise Bayliss was dismissed from her job weeks after she highlighted the plight of patients at St Brendan’s Hospital over Christmas.

# whistleblower - Monday 14 November, 2011

Column: Whistleblowers in banking are doing the right thing - but not for themselves

Former trader Nick Leeson finds that those who try to expose problems in the banking sector and would be heroes anywhere else are made pariahs in their world.

# whistleblower - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

'No outside involvement' in UK whistleblower's death

A post-mortem carried out today has found no evidence of outside involvement in the death of the former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare, whose body was discovered t his home yesterday.

# whistleblower - Friday 20 May, 2011

From The42 Sepp Blatter doesn't rule out switching 2022 World Cup from Qatar FIFA

Sepp Blatter doesn't rule out switching 2022 World Cup from Qatar

The FIFA president also insisted that the organisation’s ethics committee “are not just lying on the beach” as they look set to probe allegations surrounding the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

# whistleblower - Monday 26 July, 2010

THE BLEAK REALITY of the war in Afghanistan has been brought into sharp relief following what has been called “the biggest leak of military documents in intelligence history.”

Over 92,000 previously classified military documents from US forces, know as The War Logs, were obtained by Wikileaks and published on Sunday.

Wikileaks, a whistle-blowing organisation originally based in Sweden, obtained the documents from an unidentified source and forwarded them to three publications: The Guardian, The New York Times , and Der Spiegel.

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, said:

The nearest analogue is the Pentagon papers, which were released in the early 70′s. That exposed how the United States was prosecuting the war in Vietnam, that was about 10,000 pages… This situation is different, in that it’s not just more material and being pushed to a bigger audience and much sooner -  but rather people can give back; so people around the world who are reading this are able to comment on it and put it in context and understand the full situation. That is not something that has previously occurred and that is something that can only be brought about as a result of the internet.

The contents of the reports show that the situation in Afghanistan (on which the United States has spent almost $300bn to date) is far graver than official accounts portray. It also outlines that the threat from insurgents, most notably the Taliban, are formidable.

The reporting has been damned by US military. The New York Times quotes General James L. Jones, the White House national security adviser, as saying that he “strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.”

The incident comes hot on the heels of a recent blow to US war confidence following the sacking of Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal after he made disparaging remarks about the US government’s handling of the situation in Rolling Stone magazine.

Some of the more alarming mistakes recorded in the log, which covers the war from the periods of January 2004 to December 2009, include details of how:

  • French troops opened fire a bus full of children in 2008, wounding eight
  • Up to 15 people died when a US patrol machine-gunned a bus
  • Polish troops mortared a village, killing a wedding party including a pregnant woman, in a suspected revenge attack in 2007
  • UK troops were involved in four civilian shootings  in Kabul in the space of a month in October-November 2007, which led to in the death of the son of an Afghan general

More general points about how the war is being run also became clear in the report:

The Taliban are gaining strength

The Taliban are said to be at their strongest since 2001. They have also begun to use portable heat-seeking missiles against allied aircraft – which were very successfully used by the Afghan mujahideen against Soviet forces in the 1980′s.

Secret “capture to kill” missions have led to civilian deaths

Task Force 373, a secret US unit of army and navy special forces, has been engaged on missions to “capture or kill” about 70 top insurgents. Mistakes made during these missions have resulted in some civilian deaths. Targets who have been captured were interned without trial.

Increased drone aircraft deployment

“Reaper” drone aircraft, described by a former US Air Force commander as having “a true hunter-killer role”, are increasingly being used.

Unmanned aircraft, controlled by army forces in Nevada, can display notoriously crude target capabilities – which have resulted in civilian deaths.

CIA have expanded paramilitary operations

Increased paramilitary operations inside Afghanistan include ambushes, airstrikes and night raids by the CIA.

Civilian casualties caused by Taliban and Nato forces have gone unreported

Taliban forces have escalated the scale of deadly roadside bombing campaigns, many of which have gone unreported. Nato mistakes have also led to deaths of innocent bystanders.

More than 2,000 civilians to date have been killed in such attacks.

Pakistan and Iran are suspected of fuelling the insurgency

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency is suspected by the US as having armed, trained and financed the Taliban since 2004. Iran is also suspected of having involvement in the training and financing of Taliban insurgents, however US forces appear to be unclear about whether the possible assistance would be coming from the Iranian government or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Who are Wikileaks?

Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing site responsible for releasing the information, was launched in 2006. Wikileaks says that it was established by Chinese dissidents, journalists, and mathematicians.

The report is available here.

Watch Julian Assange speaking at a press conference here.

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