Attacks on Whistleblowers Hurt Bureau’s Nonpolitical Reputation

Harsh criticism by the FBI, congressional Democrats, and the news media to discredit three FBI whistleblowers who testified last week to Congress was an unprecedented response to government professionals who risked their careers to speak out against government corruption and abuse of power.

The condemnations of these persons revealing wrongdoing could have serious consequences.

By making it more difficult for government whistleblowers to speak out without fear of retaliation, these attacks not only hurt the reputation of the FBI as a nonpolitical institution but could also lead to damaging leaks of classified information to the press.

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