As speculation about the identities of the two CIA “whistleblowers” who helped trigger Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment investigation reaches a fever pitch, we are reminded once again what happens to real whistleblowers who expose government secrets to public scrutiny via ‘non-approved’ channels.
First, here’s Matt Taibbi with a reminder of the consequences that whistleblowers often face.
I’ve met a lot of whistleblowers, in both the public and private sector. Many end up broke, living in hotels, defamed, (often) divorced, and lucky if they have any kind of job. One I knew got turned down for a waitressing job because her previous employer wouldn’t vouch for her. She had little kids.
Circling back to Wednesday’s news, the Washington Post and CNBC report that “leaker” Henry Kyle Frese, 30, a counterterrorism analyst, has been accused in Alexandria, Va. federal court of illicitly providing classified info to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, including one report about a foreign country’s weapon systems, according to court filings seen by WaPo.
A DoJ statement said Frese “was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information.”
To further delegitimize Frese , the DOJ said he and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” when the information was leaked.
Like the old saying goes: One man’s leaker is another man’s whistleblower.