Whistleblowers: Tattletales or Heroes?
The phrase “whistle-blowing” is everywhere you look these days. Some folks consider whistleblowers to be martyrs, and praise their choice to come clean with their secrets; others decry them as ‘traitors’ and ‘snitches.’
Today, Bradley Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. In the UK, the Guardian newspaper is being pressured by the prime minister’s aides to either hand over or destroy intelligence that was leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gina Grey is still unemployed and struggling after exposing the wrongdoing at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.
There is already a book about Manning and his difficulties since providing information to WikiLeaks. At the top of this gallery, it joins the other tales of whistleblowers – brave people who have stood up to huge corporations, governments, and religious institutions, despite the danger to themselves and their lifestyles.
Do you have any other particularly good suggestions for other books on this topic, or the general theme of political ethics?