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The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers

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Last week the House of Representatives passed a new law that would restore whistleblower protections to those working in U.S. government intelligence.

Edward Snowden, the most high-profile whistleblower in a generation, still stands as a divisive figure with the country split on whether his leaks served the public interest or not -- opinions split largely along age groups, according to the Pew Research Center. The anniversary of his leak passed earlier this month.

How important are government and other types of whistleblowers? How reasonable is it to expect people to risk their jobs and, at times, their freedom to bring lawlessness to light?


  • Tom Devine, legal director for the Government Accountability Project, a leading whistleblower rights group
  • C. Fred Alford, professor of political philosophy at the University of Maryland, author of "Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power"

*This is the second segment in the June 30 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM.  Audio from this segment will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive