ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should Leakers of Classified Government Wrong-Doings be Punished?

Updated on November 20, 2014
Froggy213 profile image

Greg has many opinions when it comes to politics and education. He has no qualms with voicing his opinion..

Foreword

I regularly read a blog that was developed by one of our Hubbers. Billybuc made the blog: Artistry With Words which is very helpful to writers. He puts many hints and tips for writers.

Billy also regularly puts writing contests that are happening. Not long ago, he put a contest that pays $1,000 for the best answer to several questions. The title of this hub is one.

I must admit, I am a bit angry over the fact that the article I wrote could not gain entry. From what I read, the contest is open to United States citizens, but it seems the website doesn't consider Puerto Rico as a part of the United States. When they wrote me back, I explained to them that all citizens of Puerto Rico are also citizens of the United States. I was answered with if they allow Puerto Rico entries, they would have to allow England entries. Huh??? Puerto Rico is nowhere near England.

Oh well; I now have a hub.

This is par for the course. I have noticed that people treat Puerto Rico as a third world country..

Well, so be it Wielding Power Publishing. I will make the answer I wrote for the contest a hub. I did put your link, because maybe some other hubbers who live in areas you accept may want to enter your contest.

Here was my answer to their question:

Bradley Manning

This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.
This image is a work of a U.S. Army soldier or employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain. | Source

Bradley (Chelsea) Manning

They were both looked at like criminals. Who do I speak of?

Bradley Manning is now known as Chelsea Manning. He claims he has felt like being a girl since early in life.

Bradley leaked what is known as the Iraq war logs to Wiki leaks and was arrested and found guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy. Much of the material that Manning supplied showed wrong doings by military personnel. This resulted in Manning being sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Edward Snowden

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.
This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. | Source

Edward Snowden

We also will look at Edward Snowden who was once an employee of the C.I.A.

He also leaked many top secret documents to Wiki.

The United States would love to get their hands on Snowden who is now in asylum. Our government would love to also put him in prison.

The Debates

Were these acts of traitors? The citizens of the United States and elsewhere debate this daily.

Instead of looking at them, we will explore something on the same aspect, but different:

Whistle blower protection.

Whistleblower Protection Act

Source

Why Was This Act Needed?

In the 1980's, many organizations pushed for a protection of whistle blowers.

Corporations and high level managers within them had created “firewalls” to protect themselves from being discovered of wrong doings such as manipulating finances illegally, dumping toxic materials, mistreating employees, and other immoral and unlawful acts.

Something had to be done. Investigators needed people to step forward with information. Many of these investigators worked in Federal Government agencies. By creating the protected whistle blower act, they gained the trust of possible witnesses where they knew illegal activities were occurring, but they just could not get evidence. The evidence was provided by witnesses who were seeing the illegal acts, but were afraid of losing their jobs, and possibly their lives.

No Follow By The Makers

Now, the same people who created the whistle blower act want to punish the whistle blowers.

It seems the powers that be have the idea that they can break the law, but you cannot.

It is like a parent telling a child they will be punished for lying and then calling in sick to work with the biggest lie they can imagine.

Source
Source

No, government whistle blowers should not be punished. As a matter of fact, they should be given an award. There is a big difference in giving information out where all being done is lawful, but when the information leaked shows illegal activity, the whistle blower act should be the driving force on the outcome.

Does Bradley Manning deserve 35 years?

He did leak information that didn't need to be leaked.

That is where the questions lie. Do we punish for giving more than what was needed to show illegal activity?

When detectives are researching a crime, they get information that is not directly related, and could be sensitive to some people. These detectives are not penalized.

History could have been much different if there would have been protection for whistle blowers. Maybe someone would have stepped forward before Hitler had many Jewish people murdered. Maybe Pol Pot would not have committed the atrocities he committed.

On and on, we could imagine if only whistle blowers would have stepped up.

The Frog's Opinion

In this writer's opinion, at this point in time, the United States government is no better than the Cosa Nostra. They have used the fear of prison if you “snitch” on them, but they want you to still tell on others.

I believe Bradley (or Chelsea) should be set free and pardoned. Edward should be awarded and allowed back in the States with no fear of repercussion. Any others who would come forth with more illegal activity done committed by United States officials should be encouraged to do so.

This is my opinion, what is yours?

Leakers?

Do You Agree or Disagree with Punishing Any Who Leak Classified Material, Even If It Was Illegal?

See results

© 2014 Greg Boudonck

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Ms Dora. No, it wasn't a new clerk, it was the person who runs the website.

      Quite sad that people think PR is not a part of the US.

      That is why I wrote this book that is doing well:

      http://www.amazon.com/Puertorriquenos-Served-Guts-...

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Froggy, you make a good point, although I may not fully agree. Your article is worthy of entry into the contest.

      My beef is with the person who sent you the answer about having to allow England if Puerto Rico is allowed. That person is not smart enough to judge a contest of this nature. I hope that was a new clerk who did not yet understand.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you for your input.

    • Edward J. Palumbo profile image

      Ed Palumbo 

      4 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      Anyone who has access to classified material is advised and accepts the responsibility of maintaining security of that information. Those who are aware of wrongdoing are ethically or morally bound to report or address that within the system and, despite assurances they will suffer no retaliation or damage to their career, do so with risk; however, to disclose any classified material publicly or with anyone who does not have a "need to know" is a crime, punishable under federal law. These issues are matters of trust and responsibility, not issues of individual assessment and discretion. There are different levels of classified material, based on the level of compromise or damage their disclosure would cause (e.g., unclassified, confidential, secret and top secret), but a violation at any level can impact security, cause damage or place others at risk. If an individual is unwilling or incapable of supporting that security requirement, s/he should excuse themselves from the responsibility. Anyone who does have access and is approached by someone who wants information or wishes to casually discuss issues to which they do not have access, the responsibility exists to report that. The degree of severity of a "slip of the tongue" is a matter to be considered, but a willful disclosure or breach of security is (and should be) punishable under law.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)