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If you are considering becoming a whistleblower,
be warned that the official narrative about "Whistleblower Protection" is basically a lie.
[1] Before proceeding further, you are recommended to read this essay, and the stories of some of the whistleblowers listed below.

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• Brian Martin
• National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
• Project Veritas
• US/Office of Special Counsel
• Wikileaks
Subpage(s)Whistleblower/Premature death
Someone who exposes wrongdoing which they have witnessed or deduced, typically by being privy to inside information while at work.

A whistleblower has inside knowledge of activities which are concealed from the general public. The word "whistleblower" was coined by Ralph Nader. The insider testimony of whistleblowers means that they are invaluable in Wikispooks' mission to shed on the different between observed activities and claimed activities of people and groups.

Official narrative

The official narrative is that whistleblowers are welcomed as long as they act in the public interest. Many nations and other large organisations have enacted "Whistleblower Protection" measures specifically designed to protect whistleblowers. These encourage whistleblowing by offering statutory protection and/or financial rewards for those who expose wrongdoing.


Legal vindication for whistleblowers is rare.[2] More often than not, so-called "whistleblower protection" is in practice no such thing[1] and less than 1/10 of those who follow official whistleblowing procedures report any benefit from doing so.[3] Researcher Brian Martin describes them as "trojan horses".[1] Since 9/11 in particular, the official narrative is belied by ever harsher treatment of actual or would be whistleblowers, up to and including the murder of the those who show themselves intent on publicising particularly sensitive information.[4]

In 1995, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre refused to tailor their investigation into RBGH to suit the wishes of Monsanto's PR department, and hoped that as whistleblowers they would be entitled to protection or compensation.[5]. However, a Florida Court of Appeals denied them any protection, since the US has no laws against distorting or falsifying the news.[6]

In May 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority fined the CEO of Barclays, Jes Staley, £642,430 for trying to identify an anonymous whistlebower who in 2016 send a letter to the bank's board. The authorities also reported "limited gaps" in Barclays' whistleblowing policies and procedures. In December 2018, New York's Department of Financial Services fined Barclays Bank PLC and its New York branch $15 million for Staley's behaviour.

Legal compensation

Some jurisdiction's award a fixed percentage of money recovered to whistleblowers of financial fraud. Brad Birkenfeld received over $100 million on this basis, although he was initially jailed.

Support groups

In 2004, FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds launched the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition to try to assist other whistleblowers. In December 2013, speaking at the CCC conference, purported MI6 whistleblower, Annie Machon, announced that she would be starting the Courage Foundation to protect whistleblowers.

Premature deaths

Full article: Stub class article Whistleblower/Premature death

Some whistleblowers have experienced premature deaths, whether of bona fide natural causes, suicide, murder or assassination.



Page nameExposedDescription
Bo AbbottCIA/Drug traffickingA drug trafficking pilot who attempted to blow the whistle on the CIA's illegal drug trafficking but who disappeared - i.e. was probably murdered by the cabal
Philip AgeeCIA
US/Deep state
Gary AguirreSEC/CorruptionAn SEC whistleblower
Kevin AnnettCanada/GenocideWhen he reported that the church of which he was a minister had been involved in genocide, Rev. Kevin Annett was told to shut up. He didn't. He researched the topic and wrote books and made a movie about it. His Wikipedia page has been deleted at least 4 times as "non-notable" because he has been blacklisted by corporate media. He continues to expose institutional corruption and child abuse.
Scott BennettDeep state
Booz Allen Hamilton
United States Department of Justice/Corruption
Spent 2 years in jail as a result of speaking his mind and attempting to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption inside the US war machine.
John Ashley BerryGCHQ
Mass surveillance
Steve BigelowMICC/Corruption
William BinneyNSA/Waste
Former senior technical director of the NSA, in charge of thousands of employees, William Binney resigned after 9-11 to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption.
Brad BirkenfeldUBSA banker who exposed massive tax fraud at UBS, and after 2½ years in jail was eventually paid $104M for his pains.
Thomas BittlerTransportation Security AdministrationTSA whistleblower, dismissed along with Ray Guagliardi.
Christopher BoyceAustralia/1975 coup d'étatA code clerk turned counter spook who also tried to see secret to the USSR, got caught, escaped and caught again. He revealed how the CIA was involved in the 1975 Australian coup.
Gordon Douglas BrownDe BeersExposed massive corruption by De Beers
Chris BusbyChris Busby/Research on The Health Risks of RadiationAn independent scientist whose work demonstrates that inadequate risk models are used by the establishment in its estimation of the health impact of low dose exposure to radiation. A concerted campaign has tried to undermine his credibility because his message challenges the status quo.
Smedley ButlerWar profiteering
The Business Plot
A US general who exposed the coup that financiers had planned for USA.
Peter Buxtun
Jane BürgermeisterAgainst the concerted opposition of Big Pharma, Jane Bürgermeister has attempted to highlight risks and malfeasance associated with vaccines and emerging diseases.
John CarmanUS/Customs and Border Protection
Celerino CastilloCIA/Drug trafficking
Operation Fast and Furious
A former DEA agent who exposed deep state involvement in drug trafficking.
William ChaseyCIA plans to assassinate the Libyan Lockerbie suspects
David ChristensenJFK/Assassination
Wesley ClarkUS/Foreign policy
Greg CoppolaGoogle
Edward CutoloOperation WatchtowerA drug smuggler who named a lot of names about the CIA's drug trafficking, and who then died a sudden death, as did many of those he named.
Eugene DinkinJFK/AssassinationA spook who intercepted a communication about the JFK assassination
Document:Shell Game, A Whistleblowing Report to the United States CongressA report to congress
Thomas DrakeNSA/Trailblazer
Sibel EdmondsOperation Gladio/BSibel Edmonds was recruited by the FBI as a translator in the wake of 9/11. She quickly turned whistleblower when she discovered security breaches, cover-ups and malpractice at numerous levels. The US government has made her "the most gagged person in the history of the United States".
John Ehrlichman"War on Drugs"Nixon insider who blew in 1994 the whistle on the "War on Drugs"
Daniel EllsbergPentagon PapersA feted whistleblower who exposed some details of how the US government was waging the Vietnam War. The fact that he was not persecuted has lead several commentators to suggest that he may not in fact have been all he appears to be. Specifically, the Pentagon Papers may have been a limited hangout.
Rudolf ElmerJulius BärA banking whistleblower.
Iman FadilSilvio BerlusconiAn assassinated model.
Hervé FalcianiHSBC
Tony Farrell
Perry FellwockMass surveillance
The first NSA whistleblower
Harry FergusonUK/TortureA spook who admits that the UK tortured IRA members in Northern Ireland.
Alayne FleischmannJPMorgan ChaseA witness to massive financial crimes who was contacted by the authorities and blew the whistle publicly only in November 2014 after realising that the Justice department and the SEC were intent on hushing up rather than publishing the fraud.
Howard FredricsKingston University
Stephen FrostUK/Army
John Taylor GattoSchoolProbably the most famous teacher in USA, who became an unschooling activist, having turned up irrefutable proof that the forced schooling system was never intended to benefit children, but quite the reverse.
Mike GermanFBI/CorruptionExposed the corrupt management of 'counterterrorism' at the FBI
Bunny Greenhouse
Frank GrevilAnders Fogh Rasmussen#LiesA major in Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste who revealed that Anders Fogh Rasmussen had been lying about Iraq's alleged WMD's.
Ben GriffinSAS#CultureSAS turned whistleblower and ant-war activist, subject to legal gags, who gives an unflattering inside perspective of the SAS culture.
Ray GuagliardiTransportation Security Administration
Katharine GunGCHQ/Illegal spying
NSA/Illegal spying
A Chinese translator who exposed illegal efforts by the GCHQ to illegally bug the UN offices of 6 nations in an effort to start an illegal war. Considered a hero by many.
Ted Gunderson
Daniel Everette Hale
Tyrone HayesHerbicides/Dangers
A scientific whistleblower
Ian Henderson (OPCW)
... further results


Related Quotation

US/Deep state“The apparatus of the American deep state is a vast system of institutions in which the proverbial right arm does not know what the left one is doing. The CIA, FBI, NSA and the military services are compartmentalized to a point where very few of the bureaucrats in their employ can put their finger precisely on what is going on. Best known examples of that kind of entity are the resistance movements in German occupied Europe of World War II, and the cell system of an expansionist communist movement in the early stages of its development. Movie goers are familiar with the ‘need to know’ limitations on the information given to participants in an operation. The numerous levels of ‘security clearance’ make that clear. They have created labyrinths of hidden policy making over which no effective political control can exist. This applies to internal control as well. The institutions of the American deep state are riven by turf battles, schisms, something quite noticeable in their conflict with President Trump and, indeed, eruptions from officials with a conscience. This produces leaks and whistleblowing. These may be seen as emergency actions in the absence of functioning accountability structures.”Karel van Wolferen4 April 2017


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:How to identify CIA limited hangout operationarticle18 June 2013Webster TarpleyCiting the Pentagon Papers as an example, Tarpley suggests that both Wikileaks and the Snowden affair are limited hangout operations by the CIA.
Document:NSA GCHQ and the Death of Gareth Williamsarticle14 November 2011Trowbridge FordA speculative article connecting the NSA with the death of Gareth Williams
Document:Whistleblowers - Risks and skillsbook chapter2007Brian MartinA sound set of advice for would be whistleblowers, and a strong discouragement from trusting the official channels. As a whistleblower, you need to be aware that a wide set of options is available, and your success in blowing the whistle will depend only in part upon the injustice you expose. Another crucial aspect is your skill set and support network. This essay provides sound advice from an establishment-sceptic researcher who has reviewed a lot of whistleblowing cases.
Document:Wikileaks - Open Letter to the US Governmentopen letter14 July 2011RevolutionTruth


Official examples

Julian AssangeA "hacktivist" of mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His pronounced disinterest in 9/11 is particularly notable.
Mark FeltThe supposed true identity of 'deep throat', who played a part in the Watergate Coup.
Edward SnowdenMass surveillance
NSA/Boundless Informant
IT specialist and former contractor for the NSA, Edward Snowden's 2013 leaks about their mass surveillance programs were widely reported by the corporate media, an interesting contrast to the leaks of earlier whistleblowers that were roundly ignored.
Udo UlfkotteCorporate media/Deep state controlFormer editor of a German broadsheet who exposed press corruption while also subscribing to an Islamophobic narrative.


4star.png 18 July 2016 Robin  A good selection of important whistleblowers neglected by corporate media.
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