Talk about your chilling effects! If the government wants whistleblowers to go up the chain and to Congress rather than to the press, this news story by Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay should be cause for great concern:
The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases.
The CIA got hold of the legally protected email and other unspecified communications between whistleblower officials and lawmakers this spring, people familiar with the matter told McClatchy. It’s unclear how the agency obtained the material.
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