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"Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Quincy Adams.

"Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true." - Julius Caesar.

"A person who reports or informs on a wrongdoer, as in a government agency." - Collins American English Dictionary.

"All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse." - John Quincy Adams.

"We say in this nation that we are looking for people with honesty, integrity, drive and dedication, and then when we find such people, we take them out and whip them." - anonymous whistleblower.

A WHISTLEBLOWER is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).

The Continental Congress enacted the first whistleblower protection law in the United States on July 30, 1778 by a unanimous vote. The Continental Congress was moved to act after an incident in 1777, when Richard Marven and Samuel Shaw blew the whistle and suffered severe retaliation by Esek Hopkins, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy. Congress declared that the United States would defend the two whistleblowers against a libel suit filed against them by Hopkins. The Continental Congress also declared it the duty of "all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof" to inform the Continental Congress or proper authorities of "misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge."

Seventy-five years after the ratification of the Constitution, as the Civil War rended the United States, Congress enacted one of the first laws that protected whistleblowers, the 1863 United States False Claims Act (revised in 1986), which tried to combat fraud by military suppliers. The act encourages whistleblowers by promising them a percentage of the money recovered or damages won by the government and protects them from wrongful dismissal.

Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law. Questions about the legitimacy of whistle blowing, the moral responsibility of whistle blowing, and the appraisal of the institutions of whistle blowing are part of the field of political ethics.

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  • Correctiv - since 2014. Nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom based in Essen.
  • CRYPTOME - founded 1996. Functions as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance. "Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance - open, secret and classified documents - but not limited to those."
  • DC Leaks - website that was established in June 2016. Since its creation, it has been responsible for publishing leaks of emails belonging to multiple prominent figures in the United States government and military. Cybersecurity research firms say the site is a front for the Russian cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear. On July 13, 2018, an indictment was made against 12 Russian GRU military officers; it alleges that DC Leaks is part of a Russian military operation.
  • Football Leaks - since 2015. Website that reveals transfer fees, wages and contract information about famous footballers. The website has been described as the football version of WikiLeaks.
SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation that media organizations use to securely accept documents from anonymous sources.
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation - non-profit organization founded in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press. The organization is headed by both mainstream and alternative journalists such as Daniel Ellsberg and Xeni Jardin as well as activists, celebrities, and filmmakers. The mission is to help "promote and fund aggressive, public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government", and it offers a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organizations. In October 2013, the Foundation released Secure Drop, developed in part by the late programmer Aaron Swartz. The tool allows for anonymous communication between two parties, allowing whistleblowers to contact journalists without ever exchanging one anothers' identities or contact information.
  • Honolulu Civil Beat - investigative news website that practices watchdog journalism related to the U.S. state of Hawaii. Journalists and editors at Civil Beat have traveled to other U.S. held territories and military installations in the Pacific, reporting on current and historical events about immigration and other issues. Civil Beat is headquartered in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and is published by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay.
  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists | ICIJ - founded in 1997. "Leak To Us." Encourages whistleblowers everywhere to securely submit all forms of content that might be of public concern - documents, photos, video clips as well as story tips. "We accept all information that relates to potential wrongdoing by corporate, government or public service entities in any country, anywhere in the world. We do our utmost to guarantee the confidentiality of our sources."
  • OPENLEAKS - founded 2011. "Here and there and everywhere." The new whistleblowing website. "We are using our collective experience in an attempt to support, and help others to support whistleblowers; thus making the leaking of information more widespread, while simultaneously reducing the personal risk to those who fight corruption."
  • The Intercept - online publication launched in February 2014. Platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.
  • TRADE LEAKS by Greenpeace - founded 2010. "Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is being negotiated behind closed doors on our behalf. The leaked documents on this site underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: TTIP, CETA, TiSA and JEFTA are about a huge transfer of power from people to big business."
  • VATI LEAKS - "Keeping the public updated on Church affairs while reinstating suppressed anvient knowledge." The Catholic Church is not for respectable people.
  • Whistleblowers UK - "Run by whistleblowers for whistleblowers." Our Mission: To provide advice and support for those who are considering acting on their conscience.
  • WIKILEAKS - founded 2006. "Courage is contagious." International non-profit organisation that publishes and comments on submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks alleging government and corporate misconduct.
  • WSJ SAFEHOUSE - since 2011. "Securely Share Confidential Documents." Help The Wall Street Journal uncover fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing. Send documents to us using a special system built to be secure. Keep your identity anonymous or confidential, if needed.
  • Yanukovych Leaks - "On February 22, 2014 volunteer divers found nearly 200 folders of documents at a lake at the residence of former president of Ukraine. They had been thrown in the lake to destroy them as people were escaping the compound. A group of journalists and activists has undertaken to rescue, systematize and investigate the enormous wealth of information about the former owners of the residence. The recovered documents are being published on this website to make them available to journalists and citizens around the world." Contains more than 9,500 scanned originals.
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