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The sprint to freedom — how prominent US whistle-blowers have fared

Personal consequences have differed wildly for famous whistleblowers in recent US history.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 June, 2013, 10:17am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 10:39am


The sprint to freedom — how prominent US whistle-blowers have fared

Edward Snowden took the world by storm when he released confidential information about the US government’s mass surveillance programs.  Since then he has been called a traitor, a hero and a whistleblower.  He isn’t the first. From Daniel Ellsberg to Bradley Manning, a handful of individuals also share the title of whistle-blower.  The consequences since the release of the confidential information have all differed. 

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Additional research by AJ Libunao

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True defenders of freedoms.
Unfortunately too many idiots in this world will just believe whatever BS the gov't have to say.
John Adams
I think the only suitable comment is that previous prominent American whistle-blowers have not fared "well" at all.
Snowden can expect no better, if not much worse. That man has balls !
Strange how from time to time we get these Hollywood movies about USA guys who dared to stand up to the establishment based on real-life stories ( there was one such recent movie about a guy who dared to say that the Bush administration spiel about WMD in Iraq was all BS , and of course he was correct ). These guys - call them whistle-blowers if you wish - were all pilloried, lost their jobs, friends, everything ... but eventually they were proved right.
I guess they never got an official apology, but at least they became the hero of a Hollywood movie.
So one day , 10 years later will probably come the "Snowden Movie" and win an Oscar.
While I appreciate the infographic, I think most of these people are more in for a long-distance hike along a winding path with many pitfalls rather than a quick sprint to the finish line.