Leakers Versus Whistle-Blowers

Leakers Versus Whistle-Blowers

Whistle-blowers who expose crime, corruption and abuse of power have protections under the law. Understanding when revealing top secret information is an act of heroism or a crime.

The House Intelligence Committee met yesterday behind closed doors with FBI, NSA and Justice Department officials. The agenda included an update on the recent public disclosures of the government’s enormous telephone and internet tracking operations. A former CIA employee identified himself as the source of these disclosures; his whereabouts are unknown. To some he’s a hero, but others say he is likely to be criminally prosecuted for leaking classified information and could face decades in jail. Understanding the distinction between whistle-blowers who deserve protection and leakers who should face charges.

Guests

Jesselyn Radack

national security and human rights director at Government Accountability Project.

Matthew Cooper

editor of National Journal Daily.

Scott Fredericksen

managing partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner, and a former federal prosecutor and independent counsel.

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