Jay Leiderman: Founding member of the The Whistleblower’s Defense League

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By: Jay Leiderman
December 19 2014

Jay Leiderman was on Russia Today or RT TV discussing the formation of the Whistleblower’s Defense League or “WBDL.”   Click this link to see the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Ah9c3P-_U

Jay Leiderman, the Hacktivist’s Advocate, Dennis Roberts, a 48-year veteran of the civil rights struggle and Atorney-Author Jason Flores-Williams

Liberty Blitzkreig: The U.S. government has a particular disdain for activists with computer chops, folks often times referred to as “hacktivists.” …Well every action has a reaction and now California criminal defense attorney, Jay Leiderman, has started the Whistleblower Defense League.

Salon: “Attorneys launch Whistleblower’s Defense League: Well-known hacker, activist defenders join to form a legal “firewall” for whistleblowers”

The founders of a brand new organization of activist attorneys — the Whistleblower’s Defense League — in recognition of what they call “a dangerous time in America,” announced Tuesday that a project aiming to form “the legal arm, the firewall” for activist whistleblowers and hackers. The Defense League is founded by attorneys include constitutional lawyer Dennis Roberts, 48-year veteran of the civil rights movement; Jay Leiderman, noted Internet rights attorney; and JasonFlores-Williams, writer and attorney. The group aims to lower the cost of legal defense for journalists and activists facing political persecution in the U.S. via “grassroots funding and support,” noted a press release.

Whistleblower's Defense League
Jay Leiderman is interviewed on Russia Today (RT) news about the formation of the Whistleblower’s Defense League.


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The founding members include Internet rights attorney Jay Leiderman, Dennis Roberts, an attorney who is a veteran of the civil rights movement and Flores-Williams, who is now involved in representing online activists targeted by the government’s investigation into activist and former self-proclaimed spokesperson for Anonymous, Barrett Brown.

Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who is a part of the defense team for WikiLeaks, said in reaction to the formation of this group, “Every effort that focuses on the defense of whistleblowers, internet free speech activists, publishers and others persecuted by the US government is to be applauded. This group joins the many other members of the criminal defense bar as well as non-profits such as Electronic Frontier Foundation and Government Accountability Project, who are already defending those accused of shining light on the dark secrets of government and corporations.”

See: Liberty Blitzkreig




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Thursday, April 4, 2013

‘Whistleblower Defense League’ created to fight back Obama administration’s prosecutorial overreach

RT News
Published on Apr 4, 2013
As we’ve reported before, the Obama administration has reached new heights when it comes to prosecuting whistleblowers. Under Obama’s presidency, seven people have been convicted in accordance with the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking governmental information to the public. All previous administrations combined haven’t prosecuted that many whistleblowers. Now, a group of attorneys have come together to form the Whistleblower Defense League to protect such individuals from legal action. One of those attorneys, Jay Leiderman, discusses why they felt it was necessary to create this group.
Click this link to see the video:
For more information on the Whistleblower Defense League see this post announcing the formation of the #WBDL and this post talking about the first #WBDL case, a challenge to an unconstitutionally issued subpoena in the Barrett Brown case.


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