As speculation about the identities of the two CIA "whistleblowers" who helped trigger Nancy Pelosi's impeachment investigation reaches a fever pitch, we are reminded once again what happens to real whistleblowers who expose government secrets to public scrutiny via 'non-approved' channels.
First, here's Matt Taibbi with a reminder of the consequences that whistleblowers often face.
I’ve met a lot of whistleblowers, in both the public and private sector. Many end up broke, living in hotels, defamed, (often) divorced, and lucky if they have any kind of job. One I knew got turned down for a waitressing job because her previous employer wouldn’t vouch for her. She had little kids.
Circling back to Wednesday's news, the Washington Post and CNBC report that "leaker" Henry Kyle Frese, 30, a counterterrorism analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been accused in Alexandria, Va. federal court of illicitly providing classified info to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, including one report about a foreign country's weapon systems, according to court filings seen by WaPo.
As an analyst, Frese held top-secret clearance at the agency.
A DoJ statement said Frese "was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information."
To further discredit Frese, the DoJ alleged that Frese and one of the reporters "were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time" when the information was leaked, making it seem like Frese's disclosures were the product of tawdry pillowtalk.
Like the old saying goes: One man's leaker is another man's whistleblower.