EXCLUSIVE: International War Whistleblowers Tell Why They Exposed Their Governments / http://tinyurl.com/5hkw6z / September 9, 2004<quoted text>
Your nothing but a partisan hack my friend. Not an objective brain cell between your ears. My dog is smarter then you, but you are just as loyal to your master. I'll give you that!
In a Democracy Now! U.S. exclusive, two former intelligence officials from Britain and Denmark discuss why they blew the whistle on their governments in relation to the war in Iraq. Katharine Gun is a former British employee who leaked details of a secret U.S. spy operation on UN Security Council members in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Major Frank Grevil is a former military intelligence officer from Denmark who was fired for leaking classified reports that showed no weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. He currently faces charges for breaching the countrys official information law
Translator turns 'whistle-blower'
The daughter of a university lecturer, Katharine Gun was thrust into the limelight after being accused of leaking top secret information.
http://tinyurl.com/4d9sno / 26 February, 2004
The 29-year-old from the Regency Cotswold town of Cheltenham was a little-known translator working at the government's communications headquarters GCHQ.
But in March last year she was arrested, accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act by leaking an e-mail to the Observer newspaper from US spies asking British counterparts to tap the telephones of UN Security Council members.
In June 2003 she was sacked from her post.
She always admitted leaking the e-mail but argued she had "only ever followed her conscience" to prevent an "illegal war against Iraq".
The revelations contained in the leaked memo made her a cause celebre in the US.
The spy who wouldn't keep a secret
In the year since she leaked an explosive email about spying on UN diplomats, GCHQ translator Katharine Gun has been arrested, charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act and transformed into an international cause celebre. As the case against her was dropped yesterday, Oliver Burkeman and Richard Norton-Taylor met an unlikely rebel / 25 February 2004 / http://tinyurl.com/lxktnbx
Working for the intelligence agencies is rarely as glamorous as it sounds, and until last year - when everything changed for ever - Katharine Gun often found it quite mundane. On Friday January 31 2003, at the high-security GCHQ compound on the outskirts of Cheltenham, she was doing her job as usual, translating Mandarin Chinese into English, when an email from America came to her attention.
"I thought,'Good God, that's pretty outrageous'," she recalls. She printed out a copy, put it in her bag, took it home, and spent the weekend stewing about it. She didn't discuss it with anyone. On the Monday she was still just as angry - "indignation was fuelling me on," she remembers - and so she passed the email to a friend on the outside, whom she knew was in touch with journalists. But she heard nothing more, and almost forgot about it./ http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/feb/2...