No­table whis­tles blown

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Viet­nam War: Daniel Ells­berg, along with An­thony Russo, leaked Pen­tagon Pa­pers in 1971 to The New York Times, which re­vealed en­demic prac­tices of de­cep­tion by pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions and con­trib­uted to the ero­sion of pub­lic sup­port for the war.

Water­gate: In 1972, W. Mark Felt, known only as Deep Throat un­til 2005, leaked in­for­ma­tion about US pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s in­volve­ment in Water­gate, the scan­dal which even­tu­ally led to the res­ig­na­tion of the pres­i­dent and prison terms for White House chief of staff H. R. Halde­man and pres­i­den­tial ad­viser John Ehrlich­man.

Is­raeli nu­clear weapons: In 1986, Mordechai Va­nunu re­vealed Is­rael’s clan­des­tine nu­clear pro­gram to the Bri­tish press, which re­sulted in him serv­ing 17 years in prison, the first 11 of these in soli­tary con­fine­ment. At present, he is ap­peal­ing a fur­ther six-month prison sen­tence im­posed by an Is­raeli court for hav­ing spo­ken to for­eign­ers and for­eign press.

CIA drug car­tel: Gary Webb’s Dark Al­liance was a 20,000-word in­ves­tiga­tive se­ries in 1996 that al­leged Nicaraguan drug traf­fick­ers had sold and dis­trib­uted crack co­caine in Los An­ge­les dur­ing the 1980s, and that drug prof­its were used to fund the CIA-sup­ported Nicaraguan Con­tras. In 2004, Webb was found dead from two gun­shot wounds to the head, which was deemed sui­cide.

World­com and En­ron: Cyn­thia Cooper ex­posed World­com’s cor­po­rate fi­nan­cial scan­dal and Sher­ron Watkins ex­posed En­ron’s cor­po­rate fi­nan­cial scan­dal. They were jointly named Time’s Peo­ple of the Year in 2002.

Abu Ghraib abuse: Joe Darby first alerted the US mil­i­tary com­mand of pris­oner abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004.

Wik­iLeaks: With more than 1.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­ual leaks to date, Ju­lian As­sange is founder and editor-in-chief of Wik­iLeaks and the Sun­shine Press. The Cable­gate leaks are be­lieved to be the main cause of the Tu­nisian rev­o­lu­tion, lead­ing to other rev­o­lu­tions in the Mid­dle East.

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