A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about alleged wrongdoing occurring in an organization or body of people. ... Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).
Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law. ...
...in the United States, most whistleblower protection laws provide for limited "make whole" remedies or damages for employment losses if whistleblower retaliation is proven. However, many whistleblowers report there exists a widespread "shoot the messenger" mentality by corporations or government agencies accused of misconduct and in some cases whistleblowers have been subjected to criminal prosecution in reprisal for reporting wrongdoing. ...
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I've been saying for years that the Government wants to make it a crime to know about their crimes. That, being able to rob people and get away with it, is the main reason politicians want control of the Internet, a kill switch for the Internet, warrant-less searches, and the ability to spy on everyone.
If not for Wikileaks, we would not know that the U.S. has been secretly bombing Yemen.
If Wikileaks gets this stuff, I don't see why they don't just go through the information carefully and just release the most damning parts and require investigations into crimes revealed. Perhaps they tried that and it didn't work, so they took it up to the next level.
Assange doesn't seem to be doing this just to disrupt things. I don't see him as an anarchist or a terrorist. He is a zealot of information freedom, but his interest in disclosing wrongdoing seems very clear. In the long run, I think that may be what we need right now. Make democracy more than a buzzword.
If they take Assange out, a thousand more could take his place in protest. Even if they don't, the information already released will reverberate for decades.