August 4, 2014 – Connor Friedersdorf writes that the behavior of the Central Intelligence Agency is motivation for even those who don’t like leaks to come to the understanding that we need more whistleblowers.
From the article:
It isn’t that I want the unredacted report published in full. If charged with wielding the black pen myself, I’m sure there are passages I’d strike: clauses that could credibly endanger lives, for example, yet add nothing important to the civic debate about torture or the historical record. Even so, if I worked on the Senate Intelligence Committee or at the CIA right now, I’d look at the news and feel reaffirmed in my belief that a Jane Mayer, Charlie Savage, Glenn Greenwald, or Barton Gellman would be far more likely to publish everything in the public interest and no more than the U.S. government.
It isn’t just that reporters have a better historical track record than bureaucrats when deciding what ought to be suppressed and what should be public. It’s that the recent behavior of the White House, the Senate, and especially the CIA is appalling.
We’re witnessing egregious dysfunction.
Do you think we need more whistleblowers?