Trump's Agency for Global Media CEO Abused Authority and Violated the Privacy Act

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Trump's Agency for Global Media CEO Abused Authority and Violated the Privacy Act

toukokuu 11, 9:50 am

This case intersects several existing topics, so I'm starting a new thread.

Here's what I've learned.

While sworn in as POTUS, Donald Trump (or, likely, whoever was actually working at the time) appointed a CEO of the news agency in charge of Voice of America, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and Open Technology Fund, which aims to "support open technologies and communities that increase free expression, circumvent censorship, and obstruct repressive surveillance as a way to promote human rights and open societies." (Source: Wikipedia) The CEO Michael Pack then funneled millions of dollars to private law companies and interfered with independent journalism.

Two firms hired by Pack's agency were McGuireWoods and Caplin & Drysdale. One of McGuire Woods' most notable cases was providing special counsel for then US Vice President Mike Pence on the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Additional References:

"Ex-Voice Of America Head Blew $4 Million On Lawyers To Spy On Employees: Report" by HuffPost

"VP Mike Pence retains Richard Cullen of {Virginia-based} McGuireWoods in Russia probe" | Richmond

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 11, 11:58 am

I feel as if there's too much to unpack there.

Journalists were dying. The USA become known as the most dangerous country for news reporters. They were banned from the White House press conferences under befuddling conditions.

At the same time, federally-funded journalists were dealing with Michael Park and the companies he hired to spy on his own employees, with the information further endangering people's lives.