Politicians demanding the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under American espionage laws should listen to this week’s interview on NPR’s On The Media with Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project.
He’s spent years trying to get Congress to give federal whistleblowers some meaningful protection from retaliation. The current state of affairs for government employees who risk their careers to do the right thing is appalling.
If the law and courts offer no protection, Devine says, “The only thing that’s left is WikiLeaks. If Congress acts rationally, they will provide an alternative to anonymously dumping documents. We hope that the politicians will have enough common sense to take an action that prevents WikiLeaks from becoming a regular pattern in our society.”
You can read or listen to Devine’s interview with Brooke Gladstone here.