WikiLeaks and Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Friday, December 03, 2010


After 30 years, Tom Devine and the Government Accountability Project are finally within spitting distance of securing meaningful legislative protections for federal whistleblowers. And who should show up but WikiLeaks, often labeled as a whistleblower site, threatening to sully the term and scuttle all of Devine’s political progress. Devine explains how WikiLeaks could end up helping his cause.

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Comments [16]

Anonymous from CA

Why is Wikileaks concern about the government investigating them. They investigate others, freedom of the press right! What goes around comes around! Why does your organization fell you're the only organization that can be noise! For your organization and others to expose information to people and countries that want to over through this country is as your ethnicity would say UnAmerican! As a child did you guys run and tell on all the other children? If you and your organization was in the 40's and 50's what affliation would the people of this country black ball you guys as? Leak information on why your ethnicity will not give the Native American Indians the land promised to them and why they continue to keep them in the despicable living condition. Leak information that the majority of your ethnicity are not American Citizens, because your forefathers did not go through "Immigrations" to become Nationalized Citizens! Yeah "LEAK" that, it should be interesting reading!

Jun. 19 2014 07:30 PM
Zachary Hinton

Freedom of speech is def. an iffy subject. Freedom of speech can help citizens with expression but at the same time hurt citizens. I am still on the fence with the whole wiki leaks. I mean, it can be a great thing for the citizens to know some true things in our government, however, the truth hurts and is America really ready to find it out ?

Dec. 13 2010 10:55 AM
Kendra D. from Raleigh, NC

I think that the way whistle blowers are being treated is unfair that they do not have the same rights as us even though they are u.s. citizens just because the government does not want certain information that really does not reveal any information that could harm the country. i am appalled by the way they are treated

Dec. 10 2010 10:25 AM
David Duty from Raleigh, NC

i believe that whistle blowers should have more rights because they reveal information that is necessary for the mass people to know and that they have a separate court shows that the government does not want to be fair to the whistle blowers.

Dec. 10 2010 10:18 AM
Charles W. Brooks, II from Raleigh, NC

There is danger in letting out any confidential information. I do like the idea of politicians straightening up but a law giving people more free speech in higher government agencies can either be good or bad. This is definitely something that I will definitely have to do research for myself and pay close attention.

Dec. 10 2010 10:06 AM
Cameron M

I think that people should be able to say what ever they want whenever they want. Thats why we have a freedom of speech amendment.

Dec. 10 2010 09:40 AM
Darius Lanier

I have to agree with Mr. Harris and i think that we have the right to freedom of speech and i feel like we should be able to express it even if the government likes it or not.

Dec. 10 2010 08:42 AM
Mr. Harris

Freedom of speech is alwayas the correct thing to do in my eyes, whether the government likes for it to be said or even heard every human has a mouth of its own which speaks of ones own thoughts. There is a point to this and understanding, but maybe expanding it would be a good cause or not who knows.

Dec. 09 2010 07:45 PM
Ryan Duell from United States

i find it unfair how there only law all but grantees there appeals will fail

Dec. 09 2010 07:33 PM
fowler c.

the guy is correct about everything but i dont like how he said how marine failed. I suppport the whistle blowers cause they are affecting the world by stop all types of discrimination

Dec. 09 2010 10:38 AM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

It certainly seems as if WikiLeaks has pushed the button to start this all out of control. If you want an idea of the near future that awaits us, read John Brunner's 1975 novel Shockwave Rider. If "anonymous" can bring down Visa and Master Charge, even for an afternoon, well get ready to start surfing!

Dec. 08 2010 08:16 PM
Linda Onuorah

This article is very interesting but controversial at the same time. We as human are granted the right to freedom of speech, but I do however feel as though some people abuse their rights. By expanding the freedom of speech law,it can be accepted as something good or bad. I constantly say this, but their are always people who are going to ruin something good or blow things out of proportion.

Dec. 08 2010 02:35 PM
Maurizo Lewis

I am am 50/50 towards this new kinda on the fence because expanding freedom of speech in all areas is the right thing to do. We human beings were born with the right to free speech and self expression. Then again, on the other side of things, the government has forbbiden certain people to speak to the public as a means of protection of the people. Some things are never meant to be heard by public ears.

Dec. 06 2010 09:50 PM
Robbin O

If you actually listen to what he is saying, it makes alot of sense, very logical. The government is sneaky, point blank. They hide stuff but that is why we have our amendments. We are granted the freedom to say whatever we want and whatever we heard, just like wikileaks.

Dec. 06 2010 02:21 PM

honestly, these podcast this week are boring! but this one will have to do - whistleblowers? i believe that they should be granted free speech rights, just as much as everyone else and be taken seriously.

Dec. 06 2010 01:46 PM
Robert from NYC

This guy makes perfect sense. He's got it right. It seems everything is geared toward a criminal mentality these days. Sincere, honest whistleblowers must be listened to and respected not ignored and, not only turned away, but punished.

Dec. 05 2010 10:37 AM

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