Are whistleblowers boy scouts risking everything for the greater good or reckless self destructs who lose everything for no public service?
That’s an issue we Baby Boomers who had been participants in the counterculture of the 1970s have to struggle with.
Everything has changed with the War on Terrorism, for example. And among those who seemingly read that wrong was former CIA operative John Kiriakou.
His story has been front page news in brand-name media such as THE NEW YORK TIMES because, in disclosing information about such activities like water-boarding, he leaked the name of a CIA covert agent.
As THE WASHINGON POST reports, Kiriakou has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Before this, he had lost his consulting positions.
When he is released from prison he will have a difficult time finding work that pays well. Likely he will have to start over again in another field.
The reality in this economy of scarcity is that whistleblowing could knock someone out of their career path forever. Transition is tough business, literally.