Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and legal analyst who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and has also contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift, and Politico. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorTimm

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The fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern. (Photo: Flckr: RestrictedData) Views
Monday, September 17, 2018
Revealed: The Justice Dept's Secret Rules for Targeting Journalists With FISA Court Orders
Today, we are revealing—for the first time—the Justice Department’s rules for targeting journalists with secret FISA court orders. The documents were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Freedom of the Press Foundation and Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia...
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Former CIA Director John Brennan Views
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Trump Is Turning the Enemies of Civil Liberties Into Liberal Heroes
The CIA’s approval rating among Democrats is sky-high. Former FBI and Justice Department officials are being showered with donations on GoFundMe. And now George W. Bush — the president who signed the Patriot Act, opened Guantanamo, started the Iraq War, and warrantlessly wiretapped Americans —  is...
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Reality Winner walks out of the Federal Courthouse in Augusta, Ga., on June 26, 2018. (Photo: Intercept) Views
Friday, August 24, 2018
The Government’s Argument That Reality Winner Harmed National Security Doesn’t Hold Up. Here’s Why.
Whistleblower Reality Winner was officially sentenced to 63 months in prison on Thursday, after a federal judge rubber-stamped a plea deal already agreed to by the prosecution and Winner’s lawyers. As the prosecution acknowledged, it is the longest sentence for a journalist’s source in federal...
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 “All leak investigations — whether they directly target reporters or not — are a grave threat to press freedom.” (Photo: Gage Skidmore) Views
Friday, June 08, 2018
Trump's Justice Dept Escalates Its Disturbing Crackdown on Leaks by Seizing New York Times Reporter's Phone and Email Records
In an aggressive escalation of its already disturbing crackdown on leaks, Trump’s Justice Department secretly obtained a year’s worth of phone calls and email records of Ali Watkins, a New York Times reporter who previously covered national security issues for Buzzfeed. As the New York Times...
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Sunday, June 03, 2018
Whatever You Think of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Whistleblower Reality Winner Deserves Your Support
Reality Winner, the former NSA contractor accused of releasing national security information to the media, will have been in jail for more than a full year without being convicted of a crime. Her trial, originally scheduled for October 2017, has been pushed back multiple times and is now on the...
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
The DNC’S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon in a Manhattan federal court against the Russian Government, the Trump campaign and various individuals it alleges participated in the plot to hack its email servers and disseminate the contents as part of the 2016 election...
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With the help of some Democrats, the House of Representatives voted today — and the Senate will do so sometime in the next week — to extend a controversial NSA surveillance power that potentially affects millions of Americans’ privacy rights. (Photo: Elvert Barnes) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Democrats Just Handed Trump More Domestic Surveillance Powers. They Should Know Better.
Democrats have been all over the airwaves recently accusing Donald Trump of abusing the Justice Department to go after his political enemies —most notably his former opponent Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, which the Department of Justice is reportedly currently investigating based on...
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"Instead of the normal media guidelines, the FBI apparently had separate—and secret—rules for using National Security Letters to target journalists." Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Lawsuit Aims To Uncover How Government Surveils Journalists
What, if anything , is constraining the Trump Justice Department in its dangerous war on leakers, whistleblowers, and journalists? The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and Freedom of the Press Foundation, where I’m executive director, are teaming up to find out. On Wednesday...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Flynn Resignation Shows Leaks Under Trump Are Working. Keep ‘Em Coming.
Leaks are coming out of the White House at a seemingly record pace, many of which have painted a picture of a dangerously ignorant and ill-equipped president who is narcissistic to the extreme, unable to let go of even the smallest of slights. But some of these leaks have halted a Trump appointment...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Chelsea Manning Did the Right Thing. Finally, Barack Obama Has Too
here is no one who has suffered more under the US government’s crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers than Chelsea Manning. But now, after President Obama commuted her unjust 35 year jail sentence on Tuesday, she will, amazingly, soon be able to walk free. Manning, who provided journalists a...
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