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The Whistleblowers

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In The Whistleblowers, former CIA agent John Kiriakou brings you some of the bravest men and women fighting for justice. John himself knows what it’s like, having blown the whistle on CIA torture, paying the price with years in prison, and lawsuit upon lawsuit. On The Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou sings the praises and brings to light the people we rely on to keep our government and institutions in check.

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Jun 22, 2024 10:46

Whistleblowing on the FBI and the Clintons

While working at the FBI, Nate Cane uncovered evidence of the intelligence community neglecting to investigate alarming business dealings and refusing to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Instead, they spread false narratives about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Nate Cane blew the whistle, but as expected for national security whistleblowers, his life was almost ruined – facing the risk of being prosecuted under the Espionage Act. In this episode, John Kiriakou talks to Nate Cane about his decision-making and when he realized things were starting to spiral.

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Jun 22, 2024 10:29

Julian Assange’s struggle to avoid extradition

British judges have ruled Julian has the right to appeal his extradition, but we still don’t know what that end will look like. Julian could still end up going on trial in the US. He could come to some sort of a plea agreement with the Justice Department. But even that could amount to a prison sentence or a sentence of time served, followed by expulsion to Australia. Or his extradition could be denied and he could then be expelled to Australia. On this episode of the Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou speaks with Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, about Julian Assange’s struggle to avoid extradition to the United States.

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Jun 15, 2024 05:33

Fighting for violent sexual assault survivors

Most sexual assaults go unreported for a variety of reasons: It’s his word versus hers; the victim feels embarrassed, ashamed, or humiliated; or the trauma is so severe that the victim can’t bring herself to report the crime, lest she be called to testify in court and relive the whole nightmare. On this episode of the Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou speaks with author, speaker, and licensed counselor Lisa Saruga about her own harrowing story and why some victims are brave enough to fight back, even when that fight takes decades.

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Jun 8, 2024 05:36

The critical importance of whistleblowers

There have been so many important whistleblowers over the years—big names like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Bradley Birkenfeld, Annie Machon, and Katherine Gunn, just to name a few—that you wouldn’t be wrong to think that official opinion, the opinion of governments, had changed so that these truthtellers would be protected for their revelations. But that’s not necessarily the case. Certainly, many countries have moved forward on whistleblower protection. The European Union immediately comes to mind. But the US and UK are not among them. In most cases, at least involving government whistleblowers, the US and UK cite national security as the reason for not welcoming new disclosures. And indeed, they use the Espionage Act and the Official Secrets Act, respectively, to prosecute whistleblowers. But why hasn’t more been done to protect private sector whistleblowers? Why do people who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety at Big Pharma, in international banking, inside international conglomerates, and elsewhere still face the untampered wrath of their companies? Where are protections for these whistleblowers? On this episode of The Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou discuss the critical importance of whistleblowers with former whistleblower and whistleblower advocate Jane Turner.

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Jun 1, 2024 05:45

Gaza: A humanitarian catastrophe

More than 34,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the start of hostilities on October 7, 2023, and more than 90% of those deaths have been civilians. The Israeli military has been heavy handed, even by its own standards, destroying hospitals, churches, mosques, apartment blocks, and literally everything else in its path. On this episode of The Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou speaks with Mondoweiss Gaza correspondent Tareq Hajjaj and a member of the Palestinian Writers Union who had to be evacuated from Gaza.

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May 25, 2024 05:39

Campus protests & The Real News Network with Chris Hedges

The United States has been swept by college and university protests and encampments in support of Palestine. The movement began at New York’s prestigious Columbia University and quickly spread all across the country, from major universities to small colleges. On this episode of Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou speaks with journalist Chris Hedges who was fired from The Real News Network for saying Biden was guilty of genocide in Gaza and siding with the protestors and the plight of the Palestinians. The two discuss the campus protests and Pro-Palestinian/Anti-Israel movement gaining steam across the United States.