Whistle-blower is a term that doesn't properly describe what some of these information leakers are doing
Before the entire world gets all warm and fuzzy with the term “whistleblower”, they need to have some idea of just what a “whistle-blower” is, both figuratively and literally. We tend to jump to the figurative definition when we hear of anyone telling secrets, or uncovering wrong doings, no matter the situation or accusations.
With so much leaking of governmental, industrial and corporate secrets, the lines between “leaking” and “whistleblowing” are getting blurred. Literally speaking, the act of “whistleblowing” is initiated by an individual who feels he/she has been told to do something that he/she feels is at best illegal or injurious to others. It really is no more complicated than that.
With this literal definition in mind, a number of folks in the news are exempt from this category. This would include Bradley Manning, Ed Snowden, Mark Klein, Samy Kamkar, Russ Tice, and Babak Pasdar. These are but a few of the people who had daily access to very sensitive documents the government would rather you and I not see. In neither instance were any one of these people asked to do anything that was harmful or illegal to themselves or anyone else.
They have absconded with information entrusted to them by their employers and have chosen to share said information to the general public, much to the dismay of their employers. In most cases, as with the aforementioned individuals, there was a serious attempt to leak their findings and documents through the legitimate Press in this Country.
All the Media outlets who were approached either balked, or outright declined to touch any of this. When these “ultimate down-loaders” got rejected by local Media, they felt justified in seeking other outlets for their disclosures. That is what brought The Guardian Newspaper and Wikileaks into the lime light. And, having successfully leaked all these documents, I would find it highly improbable that any of the main actors were at all surprised with the Government’s reaction.
When it comes to the inner operations of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies, there appears to be a heightened degree of ego protracted across the breadth of management in these Agencies. This sense of entitlement to self-importance is usually spurred on by zealots and hawks in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the U.S. Federal bureaucratic maze.
With regard to the egos involved, one needs simply to watch C-Span to get a feeling of the total arrogance not only of the leadership, but also the “Assistants, Deputies, Under-Secretaries and Pro-Tems”, especially of the Intelligence community. I only point this out because of the apparent direction of deception our Federal Government is going in.
Think about it. We have so many “wars” on so many subjects and issues that the American public is being driven into accepting secrecy as the normal way we conduct every day government. Take a moment, and try to make a list of the “wars” the United States is currently waging. I did, and came up with over fifty of them before my head started to hurt and I had to stop. To wit; war on drugs, war on women, war on guns (what?), war on obesity, war on abortion, war on voter rights, and on and on and on and on!
So, we are left with the task of coming up with a new name for the folks who leak “Classified, Top-Secret, Sensitive” government documentation to a democratic public who has paid good money for an open form of said government. Calling them “Leakers” seems so plebeian and mundane. The terms “Outers” may confuse them with the LGBT community (or the Association of Americans with outer belly buttons).
Something along the lines of “UDL – Ultimate Down-loader” may be an apt moniker.
- Bradley Manning – Ultimate Down-loader
- Ed Snowden – Ultimate Down-loader
- Russ Tice – Ultimate Down-loader
- Samy Kamkar – Ultimate Down-loader
- Babak Pasdar – Ultimate Down-loader
- Mark Klein – Ultimate Down-loader
Sound strange? We’ll let the jury decide… what do you think?