Edward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a ‘trap’ for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.
The account of John Crane – a former senior Pentagon investigator – appears to undermine Barack Obama – Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.
Crane – a longtime assistant inspector general at the Pentagon – has accused his old office of retaliating against a major surveillance whistleblower Thomas Drake in an episode that helps explain Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency disclosures.
Not only did Pentagon officials provide Drake’s name to criminal investigators – Crane told the Guardian – they destroyed documents relevant to his defence.
Snowden – responding to Crane’s revelations – said he had tried to raise his concerns with colleagues – supervisors and lawyers and been told by all of them:
‘You’re playing with fire’.