Thomas Drake is a former National Security Agency employee who is being prosecuted under the Espionage Act for retaining classified information in conjunction with a series of news articles that revealed gross mismanagement and terrible waste in the agency. Despite the Espionage Act's Cold War connotations, Drake is not being charged with anything remotely related to spying. Far from it, Drake is a patriot who was appalled to see hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted and the civil liberties of countless American citizens ignored.
Without adequate internal disclosure channels, intelligence whistleblowers are faced with an impossible choice. They can either risk their careers by making unprotected internal disclosures, or remain silent about horrible problems, such as gross waste, privacy violations, or even lapses in national security.
Drake protected the American people from waste and abuse at the hands of their government. If anything, he should be applauded for his actions.
Contact President Obama and Attorney General Holder by signing the petition below, and urge them to end this senseless retaliatory campaign. Comments can also be directed to the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and the Office of the Attorney General public comment line at 202-353-1555.