Russell Tice, a "20-year veteran" who served as a "high level intelligence official" with both the National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, is the "whistleblower who was dismissed" from the NSA in May 2005, "just days after he publicly urged Congress to pass stronger protections for federal whistleblowers facing retaliation." Tice "condemns reports" that the NSA "has been engaged in eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. Tice has volunteered to testify before Congress about illegal black ops programs at the NSA. Tice said, 'The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state.'" 
The National Security Agency has warned Tice "that he should not testify to Congress about accusations of illegal activity at NSA because of the secrecy of the programs involved," Bill Gertz reported in the January 12, 2006, Washington Times.
- MacRanger, "NSA - Cometh the leaker - and he's ......Nuts!" Mac's Mind, January 4, 2006.
- AJ Strata, "False Alarm," The Strata-Sphere, January 5, 2006.
- Stephen Spruiell, "Whistleblowers or Ax-Grinders?" National Review Online, January 5, 2006.
- Clay Waters, "Some Left-Wing Associates of an NYT 'Whistleblower'," NewsBusters, January 11, 2006.
- Brian Montopoli, "Russell Tice, Sliced and Diced," Public Eye Blog/CBS News, January 11, 2006.
- "NSA Had 'Psychological Concerns' about NY Times Leaker," NewsMax, January 11, 2006.
- Ray Thomas, News Nuggets: "Traitorous Leaks," Sierra Times, January 11, 2006.
- Bill Gertz, "Pentagon probes punishment of whistleblower," Washington Times, October 21, 2004.
- Rebecca Carr, "NSA Fires Whistleblower," Cox News Service (The Pulse Journal), May 5, 2005.
- Rebecca Carr, "In federal job: Blow whistle, get boot. Workers say broken system doesn't protect them from retaliation," Cox News Service (The Statesman), December 11, 2005.
- "Former NSA Intelligence Analyst & Action Officer Urges To Be Heard By Congress Regarding Unlawful Conduct By NSA. Official's open letters to Intelligence Communities," National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, December 22, 2005. Includes letters sent to chairs of House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
- Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel, "Bush administration lays out its legal rationale for domestic spying," Knight Ridder News Service (Mercury News), December 22, 2005.
- Doug Thompson, "NSA just one of many federal agencies spying on Americans," OpEd News, December 27, 2005.
- "National Security Agency Whistleblower Warns Domestic Spying Program Is Sign the U.S. is Decaying Into a 'Police State'," Democracy Now!, January 3, 2006.
- Bill Gertz, "NSA whistleblower asks to testify," Washington Times, January 5, 2006.
- Brian Ross, "NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying. Former Employee Admits to Being a Source for The New York Times," ABC News, January 10, 2006.
- "Former NSA Insider Says He Was a 'NY Times' Source on Spying Story," Editor & Publisher, January 10, 2006.
- Brad Friedman, "VIDEO: Russel Tice Admits to Being One of the Sources Who Revealed Illegal NSA Wiretaps on U.S. Citizens," Brad Blog, January 11, 2006: "DoJ Attempts to 'Gag Order' Him as They Have Sibel Edmonds. As you may know by now, on last night's Nightline , whistleblower Russel Tice admitted to being one of the sources for the New York Times story..."
- Bill Gertz, "Ex-official warned against testifying on NSA programs," Washington Times, January 12, 2006.
- "Russell Tice," Daily Kos, January 12, 2006.
- James Rosen, "National security whistle-blowers allege retaliation," McClatchy (SacBee), February 14, 2006.
- "Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger," UPI, February 14, 2006.