|Education||Catholic University of America|
University of Florida
|Employer||Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Security Council, U.S. Congress civil services|
|Known for||Congressional committee staffer; whistleblower|
National Security Agency surveillance
Diane Roark is an American whistleblower who served as a Republican staffer on the House Intelligence Committee from 1985 to 2002. She was, right after 9/11, "the House Intelligence Committee staffer in charge of oversight of the NSA". Along with William Binney, Ed Loomis, and J. Kirk Wiebe, she filed a complaint to the Department of Defense's Inspector General (DoD IG) about the National Security Agency's highly classified Trailblazer Project. Her house was raided by armed FBI agents in 2007 after she was wrongly suspected of leaking to The New York Times reporter James Risen and to Siobhan Gorman at The Baltimore Sun in stories about NSA warrantless surveillance. This led to her suing the government in 2012 because they did not return her computer, which they had seized during the raid, and because the government failed to clear her name. The punitive treatment of Roark, Binney, Wiebe, and Loomis, as well as, and, in particular, then still active (rather than retired) NSA executive Thomas Andrews Drake, who had gone in confidence with anonymity assured to the DoD IG, led the Assistant Inspector General John Crane to eventually become a public whistleblower himself and also led Edward Snowden to go public with revelations rather than to report within the internal whistleblower program.
- Diane Roark Interview
- "James Risen Prepared to "Pay Any Price" to Report on War on Terror Amid Crackdown on Whistleblowers". Democracy Now!. October 14, 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
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- C-SPAN.org: QA James Risen | Video | C-SPAN.org, accessdate: 2/7/2015
- Kravets, David (1 August 2012). "Whistleblower, Suspected of Leaking Warrantless Spying Program, Sues NSA". Wired. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- Hertsgaard, Mark; Kasten, Felix; Rosenbach, Marcel; Stark, Holger (22 May 2016). "Blowing the Whistle: Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2016-06-16.