Future of national security whistleblowing at stake in US inquiry

Future of national security whistleblowing at stake in US inquiry
By Ewen MacAskill and Spencer Ackerman

As a former Pentagon official condemns whistleblowing system, experts hope justice department effort does more than ‘rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic’

Former head of the CIA David Petraeus, in an interview published in the Financial Times on 6 May, was asked if Edward Snowden should be prosecuted. “Unquestionably,” said Petraeus.
Leave aside the issue of hypocrisy – Petraeus shared classified information with his lover and was not charged with a felony – and instead think about what he says next. “If Snowden had wanted to help that debate, he could have very easily been a whistleblower who could have gone to the appropriate organization and offered his views. He didn’t.”
It is a line that has been repeated by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and just about every other establishment figure asked about Snowden. Rather than a leak to the media, they argue, there were alternative routes: he could have taken his concerns to Congress or pursued the official internal route, through the inspector general’s office.

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May 23, 2016 at 12:00PM
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