Do We Need A Whistleblower To Tell The World Which Senator Killed Whistleblower Protection Law?

from the or-are-they-too-scared dept

Last month, we mentioned that the Senate had given its approval to a new law protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. There were some problems with the bill, which led some to fight against it, but much of the bill was useful. With the whole Wikileaks stuff going on, there had been some concern that such a law might lead to similar leaks, but most of Congress recognized that protecting whistleblowers is important. Except for one anonymous Senator. Even though the bill had already passed the Senate. After the House took a bunch of stuff out of the bill, it went back to the Senate again, where an anonymous Senator put a hold on the bill, effectively killing it. It does seem kind of silly that a Senator can do this anonymously. Of course, we can hope that, in the long run, this will work out for the best. Perhaps sometime in the future Congress can pass a better bill that is actually much more protective of whistleblowers.

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    Darryl, 4 Jan 2011 @ 1:31am

    wikileaks is not a whistleblower, by its definition

    None of this makes any difference to assange or wikileaks, and they do not fall under the definition of a whitleblower.

    The US will ignore whistleblower laws, and change him on something more substantial.

    Also, if you have been following international news regarding wikileaks, it is MOST CERTAINLY NOT, about how the US has responded to it. Or their reaction to it..

    Most of the international news about wikileaks is about specific leaks, and how trivial they generally are.

    It's turned out to be very little 'dirt' some fluff and little substance. Certainly nothing to get really upset about, but regardless, assange will probably meet his cumuppense soon enough.. if he has not allready, but just does not know it yet.

    He got his 15 minutes of fame, then some, his time has passed, it will be "what ever happend to him??" next. the reply will be 'who cares !!'..

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