What is the difference between a whistleblower and a leaker? | Just The FAQs

What is the difference between a whistleblower and a leaker? | Just The FAQs


– A whistleblower is
not necessarily a leaker though sometimes a leaker
is a whistleblower. A whistleblower is actually a legally protected official status for someone who reports
illegal or unethical activity. The Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees
and applicants for employment who lawfully disclose information they reasonably believe evidences “a violation of law, rule, or regulation, gross mismanagement, a
gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a
substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.” Here’s how it works. The suspect activity is reported, then it’s investigated by
the Office of Special Counsel or Inspector General, depending
on the kind of complaint. For intelligence complaints, like the one levied
against President Trump, they go to the Office of the Intelligence
Community Inspector General. Inspectors General are
designed to be independent, to conduct an audit or
investigation without obstruction. Any complaints deemed credible by the ICIG are channeled through the
Director of National Intelligence and possibly then to Congress. Whistleblowers are supposed to be protected from retaliation, but how much protection they get depends on a lot of things. Different protections apply to federal or private employees. The classifications of the
information may also be a factor as well as who and how the
information is disclosed. This all makes for a tricky landscape for a whistleblower to navigate.

11 comments

  1. Clickbait. Hey, watch this video where we say we’re going to tell you the difference, but instead, give you a completely biased “reported opinion” on what’s currently going on in the completely biased mainstream media. Nice try 👎🏼

  2. In this case, a LEAKER that was authorized to observe information that falls into the realm of "executive privelege". The LEAKER then LEAKED that information to someone who was NOT authorized. Security clearance level of that "whistleblower" is irrelevant. Classified information is to be disseminated and accessed on a NEED TO KNOW basis and anyone who ever had a security clearance knows that. This is what Trump is talking about when using the word SPY. Someone illegally reported information to another person, and that other person blew the whistle. While the whistleblower would not be considered a SPY or a LEAKER. Make sense?

  3. here's a question: Since this shitbag has apparently broken US and international law, can Interpol be called-in on this investigation?

  4. Finally — a crack at long last.

    Not everyone is willing to prolong their facades — and definitely are not going down with MoFaux#1's ship. Even Rudy Tooty !!!!

    Stay tuned for more 'leavers'.

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