On April 9, McClatchyâs Jonathan Landay reported that the Obama administration has âtargeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified âotherâ militantsâ in drone strikes, a revelation that contradicts previous administration claims of pursuing only senior-level operatives who pose an imminent threat to the United States.
It was an investigative story clearly in the public interest, shedding new light on the governmentâs long-running targeted-killing program in Pakistan. But now Landay, a veteran national security reporter for the McClatchy newspaper chain, is concerned that the Obama administration could next investigate him in hopes of finding the sources for âtop-secret U.S. intelligence reportsâ cited in the story.
âDo I think that they could come after me?â Landay asked, in an interview with The Huffington Post. âYes.â
âI can tell you that people who normally would meet with me, sort of in a more relaxed atmosphere, are on pins and needles,â Landay said of the reporting climate during the Obama years, a period of unprecedented whistleblower prosecutions. The crackdown on leaks, he added, seems âdeliberately intended to have a chilling effect.â