ollow" href="click here=hp_c4"> Chelsea Manning  verdict came down, Senator Grassley (R-IA) submitted a resolution proposing a national holiday for whistleblowers and unanimously "July 31st" became National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
The irony is not lost on everyone, for what "appreciation" has been shown to PFC Bradley/Chelsea Manning and NSA leaker Ed Snowden who have been nothing but demonized? Manning now sentenced to a shameful prison term for telling the Truth while Snowden's still on the lam having to make nice with America's enemies out of necessity as the debate between "hero" or "traitor" rages on here at home.
Isn't that what should ultimately be important?
There are some who would have you believe the means with which a leaker leaks is more important than all of that and oh, by the way, the leak itself?
Blowing the Whistle
Government whistleblowers and other information leakers have one thing in common, a secret. A secret they no longer wish to keep. A secret so immense -- at least to the bearer, they feel the world needs to know about it, usually at any cost.
In fact, whistleblowers often "give up everything", sacrificing their livelihoods, lifestyles, reputations and sometimes their safety, all in order to protect those they believe they are protecting.
In the case of National Security whistleblowers, that usually means YOU.
While most people would remain silent, a whistleblower cannot. Whether the disclosure is about waste, fraud, abuse or malfeasance, the general intent of the whistleblower is to apprise those whose best interests are not being rightfully served.
According to the Government Accountability Project 's Whistleblower.org , their "composite definition" of a whistleblower is taken from combined state, federal and international cases and is,
"An employee who discloses information that s/he reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. Typically, whistleblowers speak out to parties that can influence and rectify the situation. These parties include the media, organizational managers, hotlines, or Congressional members/staff, to name a few."
But, There's a Right and Wrong Way to Blow
"That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States , as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge."