When Edward Snowden came forward with sensitive information from the CIA in 2013, the term “whistleblower” became synonymous with his name, and the word has stayed out of the media lights. Until now.
On Sept. 26, an anonymous whistleblower complaint was released to the public. The complaint has since thrown the White House and its inhabitants into a whirlwind that caused an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
The whistleblower has yet to be named and was put into protective custody. President Trump refers to them as “spies” and “traitors” and is calling for the arrest of the whistleblower.
A second whistleblower has come forward about the same incidents as the first and is also in protective custody.
As someone who holds Snowden in high regard, and now these two whistleblowers, the thought of becoming a journalist can be a bit frightening.
I’ve always said that I want to be a whistleblower – someone who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, no matter the cost.
When someone, especially someone in a position of higher power, abuses that power for their own good, it’s something that the public deserves to know.
In 2013, Snowden came forward with intelligence secrets from the CIA and NSA. He is now exiled from America and currently resides in Russia. Since then, he is considered the “Internet’s Conscience.” If he ever steps foot on American soil again, he’ll be arrested on criminal charges.
The fight for the truth to be printed, the public’s right to know and freedom of the press has been an ongoing battle between journalists and officials. Whistleblowers are vital to this battle. There’s no way that half of the information set free to the public would be printed without the help of whistleblowers, anonymous or not.
I joined the journalism program with one thought in mind: to always write the truth, no matter the cost. Seeing the current news and following the story of the two whistleblowers both strengthens and concerns me.
The fight for the truth has never been greater. The more reporters who aren’t afraid to write the truth, the more information the public will receive about things that shouldn’t be hidden from view.
Just think, without journalists, reporters, whistleblowers and people like Snowden, the public would be living in a comfortable bubble, oblivious to what their government is planning or doing, oblivious to the inner workings of what is being decided as far as laws and bills.
Journalists have writing in their blood. The last thing we need is someone telling us what we can and cannot write. If anything, the public should be in fear when the truth is hidden, not revealed. Because when the truth is hidden, it means we all have something to fear.