Jesselyn Radack heads the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts. As National Security & Human Rights Director of WHISPeR, her work focuses on the issues of secrecy, surveillance, torture and drones, where she has been at the forefront of challenging the government’s unprecedented war on whistleblowers, which has become a war journalists, hacktivists and those who reveal information that the public has right to know but the government wants kept secret.
Among her clients are national security and intelligence community employees who have been investigated, charged, or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information, including Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, and John Kiriakou. She also represents clients bringing whistleblower retaliation complaints in federal court and other administrative bodies. Previously, she headed the National Security and Human Rights program at the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization, served on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee and worked at the Justice Department for seven years, first as a trial attorney and later as a legal ethics advisor.
Ms. Radack has testified before the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, Council of Europe and Germany’s Bundestag. The author of TRAITOR: The Whistleblower & the “American Taliban,” Ms. Radack has written prominent opinion pieces that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Legal Times, National Law Journal, and numerous academic law reviews. Ms. Radack received the “Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award” in 2012, the “Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award” in 2012, and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.” She served as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for 2014-2015.
Ms. Radack is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
Kathleen McClellan serves as National Security and Human Rights Deputy Director for the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts. She supports national security and intelligence community whistleblowers, journalist, media sources and hacktivists, with a focus on the issues of mass surveillance, excessive secrecy, torture, and drone warfare. She has represented whistleblowers from the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Working with National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, has represented NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou.
Ms. McClellan has appeared on television and radio programs, including NPR, CNN, The Thom Hartmann Show, Progressive Radio Network, and Al-Jazeera English, and written academic articles and op-eds focused and whistleblowing and national security. Previously, Ms. McClellan worked at Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization, and the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office, where she worked on surveillance reform and torture accountability issues.
Ms. McClellan is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin Law School.