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Whistleblowers need protection


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2013

~~<p>A federal contractor employee in Honolulu who leaked classified information to reporters is being hailed by many Americans as a whistleblower who revealed a program that has gathered hundreds of millions of U.S. phone records and Internet data in the battle against terrorism. The Obama administration insists that the activity is legal, albeit secret. Whistleblower Edward Snowden should face consequences, but that should not include overzealous prosecution.</p>
<p>Snowden, 29, recognizes the potential of criminal charges, having left his Honolulu job at a National Security Agency contractor several weeks ago and was seen Sunday in Hong Kong, where he hoped for refuge. The federal Whistleblower Protection Act protects an employee who discloses evidence of a specific danger to public health or safety, but not to privacy. The state law protects an employee who reports or is about to report violations of law by a government agency or contractor.</p>
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A federal contractor employee in Honolulu who leaked classified information to reporters is being hailed by many Americans as a whistleblower who revealed a program that has gathered hundreds of millions of U.S. phone records and Internet data in the battle against terrorism. The Obama administration insists that the activity is legal, albeit secret. Whistleblower Edward Snowden should face consequences, but that should not include overzealous prosecution.

Snowden, 29, recognizes the potential of criminal charges, having left his Honolulu job at a National Security Agency contractor several weeks ago and was seen Sunday in Hong Kong, where he hoped for refuge. The federal Whistleblower Protection Act protects an employee who discloses evidence of a specific danger to public health or safety, but not to privacy. The state law protects an employee who reports or is about to report violations of law by a government agency or contractor. Login for more...



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