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Diane Roark

Diane Roark

American whistleblower
Diane Roark
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Intro American whistleblower
Is Whistleblower
From United States of America
Gender female
Birth 1949
Age 71 years
Education
The Catholic University of America
University of Florida
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Biography

Diane Roark is an American whistleblower who served as a Republican staffer on the House Intelligence Committee from 1985 to 2002. She was, right after 9/11, "the House Intelligence Committee staffer in charge of oversight of the NSA". Along with William Binney, Ed Loomis, and J. Kirk Wiebe, she filed a complaint to the Department of Defense's Inspector General (DoD IG) about the National Security Agency's highly classified Trailblazer Project. Her house was raided by armed FBI agents in 2007 after she was wrongly suspected of leaking to The New York Times reporter James Risen and to Siobhan Gorman at The Baltimore Sun in stories about NSA warrantless surveillance. This led to her suing the government in 2012 because they did not return her computer, which they had seized during the raid, and because the government failed to clear her name. The punitive treatment of Roark, Binney, Wiebe, and Loomis, as well as, and, in particular, then still active (rather than retired) NSA executive Thomas Andrews Drake, who had gone in confidence with anonymity assured to the DoD IG, led the Assistant Inspector General John Crane to eventually become a public whistleblower himself and also led Edward Snowden to go public with revelations rather than to report within the internal whistleblower program.

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https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/united-states-of-secrets/the-frontline-interview-diane-roark/
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/14/james_risen_prepared_to_pay_any
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071305992_2.html
http://www.c-span.org/video/?322401-1/qa-james-risen
https://www.wired.com/2012/08/diane-roark-story/
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/ex-us-official-reveals-risks-faced-by-internal-govt-critics-a-1093360.html
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5170219/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMIrmt9sZyY
https://cryptome.org/2014/10/roark-risen.htm
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