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The Problem With the Whistle-Blower System

As the country learned this week, authorities have too much power to decide the fate of whistle-blower claims, especially when they involve the intelligence community.
Source: Leah Millis / Reuters

“I don’t think that [Edward] Snowden was a patriot,” Barack Obama said in 2013 after the former NSA contractor leaked revelations of mass surveillance to a small group of journalists.

Obama’s argument then—one that since—was that Snowden had legal channels available to him to address his concerns, which would have protected the classified information in his leaks and, by extension, U.S. national security. In particular, Obama said, Snowden could have made use of formal whistle-blower procedures within the U.S. government. “I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that

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