Insider Threat Program


The Insider Threat Program is the United States government's response to the massive data leaks of the early twenty-first century, notably the diplomatic cables leaked by Chelsea Manning but before the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. The program was established under the mandate of Executive Order 13587 issued by Barack Obama.[1]

Effect on whistle-blowing

Concern has been expressed that the program does not provide any latitude for whistle-blowers. Senator Chuck Grassley is concerned that the program is merely a way to crack down on whistle-blowers.[2]

Senate hearing

The FBI were asked to a Senate hearing to establish the parameters of the FBI ITP, and the methods for avoiding targeting whistle blowers. Ten minutes into the hearing the FBI witnesses walked out.[2]


  1. ^ "McClatchy DC: Obama's crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of US". Archived from the original on 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  2. ^ a b TechDirt: FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How 'Insider Threat' Program Avoids Whistleblowers

External links

  • Executive Order 13587
  • Press release about Presidential Memo on Minimum Standards