Intelligence Contractors like Snowden Excluded from Whistleblower ProtectionsTweet
June 12, 2013
Even as whistleblower protections have expanded, intelligence contractors like National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden are left out in the cold, according to an article in the International Business Times.
Edward Snowden leaked highly classified information about a secret intelligence gathering program at the NSA while working for intelligence contracting giant Booz Allen Hamilton.
The 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act expanded and strengthened protections for many federal workers, but it specifically excluded intelligence community employees. A Public Policy Directive from President Obama sought to extend protections specifically to the national security committee, but it again left out contractors.
The article quoted POGO Public Policy Director Angela Canterbury on why this lack of whistleblower protections may have caused Snowden to go public with his information.
The ramification [of excluding intelligence contractors] is that a whistle-blower in their right mind would make a public disclosure if they wanted [bring attention] to wrongdoing because blowing the whistle internally would be very dangerous for their careers.
In the case of Snowden, he calculated that his career was over in any case. I’m sure that internal whistle-blowing was not high on the list of ways to get accountability to the issue.
Read more at the International Business Times.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
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