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Political Leaks Are an American Tradition

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  1. Mark Holtz

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    From ABC News:

    Political Leaks Are an American Tradition
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  2. Fifty Caliber

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    General Benedict Arnold comes to mind as well.
     
  3. RichW

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    At my age I try to avoid leaks if at all possible. But it "Depends"! :)
     
  4. durl

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    What's interesting to watch is to see who the media labels a "leak" and who they label a "whistleblower." And they think we don't notice...
     
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    There's a bit of a twist to this story-
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12468537/

    McCarthy admists to unauthorized conduct with reporters, which IS grounds for dismissal from the CIA. But she denies she revealed any classified information. Do the terms "witch hunt" and "scapegoat" come to mind?

    At the same time-
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/21/AR2006042101648_pf.html

    Considering this and the Bush/Cheney "declassification" of the NIE that led to the outing of Valerie Plame, does the term "double standard" come to mind?

    The machinations of this administration just keep getting curiouser and curiouser!:nono:
     
  6. tomcrown1

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    Their was no leak bush just said declassification go away poof no leak Now bush has to get back to his coke habit:icon_kiff
     
  7. Geronimo

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    A whistleblower is generall a low level person who releases information (often without info) that reflects badly on the organization as a whole. A leaker is someone (usually at a high level but not necessarily) that releases information that makes an organization look good.

    It is hard to call someone a whistleblower when they are supporting the cause of an organization. Leaker could however describe both situations---if you want to stretch the point.


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    I would classify a whistleblower as someone that knows there is something wrong with their company or organization and exposes those issues. The VP in the tobacco industry and Silkwood and Koch industries come to mind. A leaker is someone who releases information good or bad that is not general knowledge, but doesn't ussually initiate that information, but is under anothers pressure or just a "loose lips" syndrome.
     
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    Leakers often initiate the leak.
     
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