from the no-leaks-allowed dept
While this does seem like a case of more of a general "leak" rather than direct whistleblowing, it clearly fits in with the President's war on whistleblowers, whose architect loves to send people to jail to make an example of them.
It's still difficult to see how this justified spying on so many AP phone lines. While some keep insisting that the leak was really dangerous, as has been previously noted, now CIA boss (prior to being in that position) appeared to reveal a lot more about the "plot" that suggested that here was never any actual threat at all. Furthermore, the AP had agreed to hold off on publishing the info until the government had made it clear that there was no risk.