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article imageVideo: Whistleblowers — Are they an asset or a liability?

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By Anne Sewell     Sep 14, 2012 in World
Being a whistleblower means different things, depending on whether you are an asset to the U.S. government, or an embarrassing liability.
In the video, RT's Kristine Frazao states that before the Obama administration, the Espionage Act of 1917 was used a total of three times, to convict and persecute individuals who had been accused of spying on the U.S., with the last incident being in the 1950's.
However, since Obama has been in power, in the last four years, the Espionage Act has been dredged up and dusted off, and has been used a total of six times.
Frazao compares two major whistleblowers, both named Bradley, who have been treated in very different ways by the U.S. government.
Digital Journal reported on the case of Bradley Birkenfeld, whistleblower, who is set to receive $104 million payout from the U.S. government for his part in exposing the Swiss bank UBS for harboring bilions of U.S. Dollars, on which tax had not been paid, by some very wealthy tax evaders. He will receive this huge payout, DESPITE the fact that he was actually involved in the scandal in the first place.
Then we have the case of Bradley Manning, whistleblower, who exposed a video of the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad - including two Reuters news staff, and relayed this information to WikiLeaks, who then shared it in the Collateral Murder release.
For his trouble he has been imprisoned for 800 days in cruel and unusual conditions and is undergoing a court martial, which could possibly lead to the death penalty.
One Bradley, despite being a criminal himself, makes billions for the U.S. government in lost taxes, and gets very rich in the process.
The second Bradley, embarrasses the U.S. government and educates the world on the wrongdoings of the U.S. military, and then lives (so far) to suffer the consequences.
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