9 Famous Whistle-Blowers: Where Are They Now?

NSA whistleblower Edward SnowdenIt's one of the big questions concerning Edward Snowden, the self-confessed leaker and National Security Agency whistle-blower: What next? While legal experts debate whether he will be extradited from Hong Kong, where he's hiding out, and how much jail time he could face, AOL Jobs decided to glean some insight into Snowden's fate by looking at past whistle-blowers. What happened to government officials, corporate execs and lowly clerks who went up against the powers-that-be and revealed secrets? (AOL, like other tech companies, said in a statement that it does "not have any knowledge of the PRISM program" that Snowden revealed in his leak.)

While some went on to have high-paying careers, many others went to jail or were ostracized, forced to live in obscurity. One famous leaker, Bradley Manning, who handed over classified videos, cables and other documents to Wikileaks, is currently standing trial for the charge of aiding the enemy. He faces life in prison.

Indeed, one thing is clear: the consequences for a whistle-blower can be severe, even though President Obama himself has signed laws that are supposed to protect them. Read on, and then tell us: What do you think should happen to Edward Snowden?

Whistle-Blowers: Where Are They Now?

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so I guess Edward snowden will be made out too be some sort of perverted hero,while making millions from book sells or a movie.while putting others lives at risk.

June 13 2013 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

according to traitor Edward snowden they should all be dead. but? oddly enough their still all alive and well somewhere..

June 13 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything! Perhaps that is why he did what he did. He stated that storing data for decades, that information could be scrutinized for any reason at some point and used against you for whatever reason our government sees fit. He is neither a traitor or a hero... Just a seeker of truth , justice and your right to privacy and possibly a fair trial, in the event this information stored would be used unfairly some day.
I' m not a fan of peeping Tom's , whether it be my neighbor or my government.

June 13 2013 at 8:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
The Cat's Meow!

Some one who stands up for the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights is a TRAITOR, Go figure?
What I see here is a bunch of lazy people who don't care that the government brakes the law several times a day and a concerned American speaks out for what is right and you all say nothing! Looks like Benjamin Franklin was right!

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither, liberty nor safety" Benjamin Franklin

June 13 2013 at 1:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My newspaper says the info he is selling to China is about who, what, where and when our government was collecting data on countries like China, also lines of known terrorists, etc. I don't care if my phone is tapped, I do care if some guy is out to blow up our town. What this man did was sell his soul to the Devil! Will he be brought back to the US? Depends on who gets to him first. If it is one of our services, then maybe he will get back, but if it is a contract killer, chances are we won't see much more news about him. Personally, I don't want him to come back to the states--it just costs time and money, money money! He made his choice and he can drink the poison water!

June 12 2013 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am not a big fan of government spying on every day Americans though “for the most part if nothing wrong is being done than there is nothing to fear?”
That said I believe Mr. Snowden is a TRAITOR this guy is not a whistle blower he is a traitor plain and simple. He was hired to do a job and paid well (with tax dollars) to do that job, while at this job he Stoll vast amounts of top secret information and put it out for the world to see.
Now that may not be the feeling of many people, however keep in mind that most whistle blowers expose information that is evidence of wrong doing or of crimes that will or have done harm etc. Etc. What Mr. Snowden has done is stole your trash, what I mean by this; lets say for 6 mo.’s time he were your trash collector and during this time he collect all your bills, bank material and the like that you threw out, at the same time he was your postman and collected you new credit card info and the like. Then at some point he put all this data in public view. We call that a crime!
My point here is this is the rare occasion that I would not think Hero, or whistle blower. He is a TRAITOR he stole government and who knows what information and exposed that information and the where with all on how it was done. This man whom wants to remain a U S citizen in HK only to avoid prosecution, is a hero? No I say he is a Traitor, hero’s have parades given in there honor not hiding in HK!

June 12 2013 at 9:32 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

So the moral of the article is that if you whistleblow on a corporation you get a book deal and a bunch of job offers. You whistleblow on the government and they attempt, quite unsuccessfully, to throw you in prison.

June 12 2013 at 5:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Funny how the American people and the legal system that serves us continues to allow corrupt government agencies to ruin the lives of people who are simply trying to do the right thing, despite the fact that there are laws against retaliating against whistleblowers. People have stupidly believed the hype every time, turning on people whose only crime was caring enough about how things are supposed to be instead of just accepting what people have let it become. Almost every major group in the government has become power hungry and lazy, I think it is time to reform the government entirely.

June 12 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Leland Williams Jr.

Imagine Lois Lerner had she done the right thing and become a whistleblower instead of an activist?

June 12 2013 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is the article for the link,"this state has the biggest wage gap."??

June 12 2013 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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