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Author Eyal Press on the Whistleblowers Who Risk All to "Heed the Voice of Conscience"

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Published on Mar 9, 2012

democracynow.org - "I feel like we have two very different discourses about whistleblowers in this country. On the one hand, when you see them cast in Hollywood movies, they're invariably heroes, played by, you know, leading actors and actresses, and everybody salutes them. When Harry Marcopolus went to congress after the Madoff scandal, he was greeted as a hero. On the other hand, when we have whistleblowers actually speaking up in real time, the response is very different.... on the one hand, we have national security whistleblowers who are getting indicted and charged with espionage, on the other hand, a much less well known, but equally, to me, disturbing pattern, is that corporate and financial whistleblowers who speak out, get what I would call, the silent treatment. That is, they speak out and do exactly what the law and what they have been encouraged to do, and no one responds."


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