Leaking or FOIA Requests?

Frank sends us links to a series of quality ProPublica articles, published with The Virginian-Pilot, about the on-going scourge of Agent Orange.

A webpage titled Reliving Agent Orange (Link), links to numerous articles about Agent Orange and their lawsuit (12/16/16) ProPublica, Inc. v United States Department of Veterans Affairs  (Link). Charles Ornstein is the Senior Reporter on this project.  Scroll down to the exhibits to see Mr. Orstein’s FOIA requests (leadership emails!); and VA’s continually changing statements that he will have to wait, and wait, and wait for at least 18 months.

This group is not interested in “fake news” from what I can gather.  They take fact checking seriously.

VA employees who like veterans, and their jobs, don’t have a safe place to raise issues that concern them within the agency. ProPublica might be a reasonable option for VA insiders, whose conscience is nagging them, to dialogue with. (Link):


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 How To Leak To ProPublica

We are a team of investigative journalists devoted to exposing abuse of power. If you’ve got evidence showing powerful people doing the wrong thing, here’s how to let us know while protecting your identity.

They have some digital methods;  I like the low tech method best:

U.S. postal mail without a return address is one of the most secure ways to communicate — authorities would need a warrant to intercept and open it in transit.

Don’t use your company or agency mail room to send something to us. Mail your package or envelope from an unfamiliar sidewalk box instead of going to a post office. You can mail us paper materials or digital files on, for example, a thumb drive.

But copying and leaking documents is potentially risky.  It seems far more prudent to obtain desired information using FOIA Requests.  ProPublica is firm and clear about what they want to read:  communications (any format) between an AO skeptic VA hires (no bid contracts) to produce studies and leaders like Hickey, Shinseki, Shulman, McDonald and other big wigs. VA is firm about not complying with the laws time terms.

A lot less edgy, is their survey for Vietnam veterans as they look into AO’s ongoing generational health effects (Link).

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2 Responses to Leaking or FOIA Requests?

  1. J says:

    Agent Orange is being dug up in Okinawa 2014 to present being that illegal dump sites were cheaper than shipping expenses to bring it home and dispose of properly. http://www.jonmitchellinjapan.com/agent-orange-on-okinawa.html. See the map with all locations. Wonder when the VA will update the time line (1960’s- 1975, now up to 1985 USMC Camp L NC) for exposures and claims?

    • Kiedove says:

      Jon, Thank you so much for commenting on this post so we can learn about your investigations. I would like to post some of the links to the YT video and map if possible. Is it a government-produced map? What should the revised timeline be?

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