To join the defense team for the most “dangerous” men incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, the only condition was to hide your homosexuality. Tim Jon Semmerling faced betrayal by his own team and was immediately fired by the Pentagon when they exposed his secret. In an unexpected turn, Walid bin Attash, considered one of the world’s most dangerous men, defended Tim by writing a letter to the judge, exposing the lies of the other lawyers. Host John Kiriakou talks with former Guantanamo defense attorney Tim Jon Semmerling about the web of intrigue and betrayal by his team and how the inmates themselves came to his aid.

Journalist Julian Assange is finally free after a plea agreement with the US government, a moment many see as a long-awaited victory for transparency. But at what cost? Host John Kiriakou discusses this with Misty Winston, an activist and podcaster well-versed in the Assange case. Together, they dissect Assange’s 14-year legal, political, and humanitarian odyssey, which began after he revealed major war crimes by US military personnel and other shocking government atrocities.

Hunter Biden, the first son of a sitting US president to be convicted of a crime, has been a focal point of controversy. His lifestyle, marked by substance abuse and involvement with prostitutes, came under intense scrutiny after his laptop was left at a repair shop, revealing his addictions and connections to foreign entities. Attorney Tyler Nixon, a longtime acquaintance of the Biden family, provides an insider’s perspective on how Hunter managed to sustain his lifestyle and business activities until now, as justice has finally been served.

For terrorist organizations to buy weapons, ammunition, get trained and even travel they need money. Money is the lifeblood of terrorist groups. But, nowadays in today’s total government surveillance, how are terrorists able to finance their activities? The so-called State Sponsors of Terrorism is known to be more of a U.S. government and State Department weapon to exert political pressure on “enemy” countries. So, is laundering money still the preferred way for terrorists to finance their operations on a grand scale? Loretta Napoleoni, expert on terrorist financing and author of “Technocapitalism: The Rise of the New Robber Barons and the Fight for the Common Good”, explains where the next financing battle is against terrorist financing.

There have been so many important whistleblowers over the years—big names like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Bradley Birkenfeld, Annie Machon, and Katherine Gunn, just to name a few—that you wouldn’t be wrong to think that official opinion, the opinion of governments, had changed so that these truthtellers would be protected for their revelations. But that’s not necessarily the case. Certainly, many countries have moved forward on whistleblower protection. The European Union immediately comes to mind. But the US and UK are not among them. In most cases, at least involving government whistleblowers, the US and UK cite national security as the reason for not welcoming new disclosures. And indeed, they use the Espionage Act and the Official Secrets Act, respectively, to prosecute whistleblowers. But why hasn’t more been done to protect private sector whistleblowers? Why do people who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety at Big Pharma, in international banking, inside international conglomerates, and elsewhere still face the untampered wrath of their companies? Where are protections for these whistleblowers? On this episode of The Whistleblowers, John Kiriakou discuss the critical importance of whistleblowers with former whistleblower and whistleblower advocate Jane Turner.