The War On Whistleblowers & Why America's Next President Will Kill Julian Assange

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Submitted by Jake Anderson via,

I’m worried about Julian Assange. This is not a maternal instinct, but rather, a pragmatic one. The increasingly hostile statements made by top state officials and their surrogates show a widespread condemnation of whistleblowers in the halls of government. President Obama set the tone early in his administration.

In the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the rhetoric goes well beyond condemnation of methodology and straight to advocating for his brutal murder.

We already know that Obama, Clinton, Sanders, and Trump have all said they would prosecute Assange. Clinton, to get more specific, wants him extradited from Ecuador, prosecuted for espionage, and his WikiLeaks removed from the Internet. Her desire to charge him with espionage is only a little ironic considering the Clinton Foundation’s Pay-to-Play system arguably warrants an espionage indictment, as does Clinton’s storing of Special Access Program intelligence on an unencrypted private server.

Meanwhile, over in the Trump Tower of Mordor, the business mogul’s draconian approach to just about everything includes a ruthless hatred of all journalists, and most certainly whistleblowers. Trump has indicated his treatment of an extradited Assange or Snowden would be severely harsh. Snowden, in particular, would be assassinated if Trump had his way. I can only shiver imagining how a President Trump would react to a major leak from the inner chambers of his new political empire.

The transition from authorities’ vows of prosecution to their use of surrogates who openly call for Assange’s assassination is highly disturbing, to say the least.  Granted, Assange supposedly has his ‘thermonuclear’ device — a 1.4 GB cache of files containing the identity of spies, military secrets, and unredacted documents from Bank of America and BP that can be unencrypted and released upon his death or arrest — but with a large faction of the mainstream media acting as a bullhorn for state propaganda, any damage inflicted by Julian’s ‘insurance’ packet could likely be mitigated by some social engineering. Remember the Panama Papers? A couple months ago people were saying it was the biggest leak in human history. Have you heard even a nostalgic reference to it since?

All this wouldn’t be quite as surprising — or alarming — if the anti-democratic venom hadn’t trickled down into the daily talking points of media figures and network journalists (whom I affectionately refer to as the State Department’s paid interns). Voices from across the political spectrum have repeated the claim that Russia has ‘weaponized’ Wikileaks. Sometimes they pose the conspiracy theory as a question. “Has Russia weaponized Wikileaks to disrupt a U.S. election?” My question in response would be: has the U.S. media questionized State Department propaganda in order to deflect attention away from a rigged primary and a political power structure that is rotten to the core? It’s actually a brilliant little piece of state agitprop. They managed to turn the public’s attention away from one of the most egregious examples of election fraud in recent history and demonize both Russia and Wikileaks in one fell swoop.

Such blatant propaganda is to be expected from the government. But coming from a journalistic establishment that is ostensibly there to dig for the truth, it’s rather shocking to see rampant election tampering from a major American political party get trumped by an unproven accusation toward a foreign country. Regardless of one’s conspiratorial appetite, seeing the 4th estate function as the infotainment branch of the State Department, parroting its every chirp of propaganda, should be profoundly distressing.

Let me give you a couple of examples, first from a mainstream right-of-center publication, then from a wildly popular left-of-center ideologue. In the former, we have TIME Magazine, which has had the hickeys of state propaganda on its neck for decades. On August 12th, 2016, TIME published an article called “WikiLeaks Is Getting Scarier Than the NSA.” I’ll let that sink in for a moment. I don’t even have the emotional bandwidth to explain why that title earns the ‘Psyop of the Century’ award. Just. . . remember to be scared.

On the left, we have Bill Maher, whose excoriations of hypocritical Republicans can be extremely entertaining and perceptive. Like The Daily Show, Maher functions as the liberal end of what some cultural philosophers think of as a manufactured spectrum of acceptable discourse. When Maher, who claims solidarity with Assange and the cause of WikiLeaks, repeats the same government talking point that Russia is tampering with our elections, it kind of forces you to consider that all corporate media — left or right — operates under the same tent.

The anti-WikiLeaks propaganda wouldn’t feel so existential if I didn’t believe anti-whistleblower messaging is soon going to escalate into an actual long-term military campaign against leakers and hacktivists around the world. In the near future, don’t be surprised if there is some ‘event’ that catalyzes a mobilization of military campaigns against targets that are deemed ‘a danger to our democracy because of their unlawful disclosures of matters of national security.’ This would almost assuredly include symbolic targets like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden to achieve a “chilling effect.” We’ve already seen Intercept writer Barrett Brown receive prison time for essentially hyperlinking to leaked information in an article. Add to this the fact the Obama Administration has used the Espionage Act to prosecute twice as many defendants as all previous administrations combined, and you get a sense of how power structures are increasingly criminalizing the dissemination of information.

Now back to my non-maternal worrying over Julian’s safety. Recently, in a stunning interview (above) with Dutch television program Nieuwsuur, Assange may have underhandedly confirmed that the recently murdered DNC operative Seth Rich was the leaker of the 3,000 emails that showed the DNC colluded with the Clinton camp, the implication being he was killed either out of revenge for the leak or to prevent future leaks. He didn’t state this explicitly but his abrupt and completely random reference to the murder in the context of assessing the dangers faced by WikiLeaks sources doesn’t make sense unless that was his way of ‘accidentally’ signaling a connection.

The interviewer picked up on that and asked him, “Why make the suggestion of a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?”

The fact that Wikileaks posted a $20,000 reward for any information on Seth Rich’s murder suggests they do not believe it was a random robbery, which is further evidenced by the fact that his wallet, credit cards, and phone were not taken.

It is also certainly a bit coincidental that within days of the conspiracy going viral, Seth Rich’s family made a public statement asking for rumors about his death to stop. On a likely related note, their new family spokesman is none other than Brad Bauman, who is a Democrat ‘crisis communications’ consultant with the Pastorum Group. According to his LinkedIn profile, Brad’s job is “providing strategic communications advice to Democratic candidates.”

Disputes over this conspiracy persist, but there is no hard evidence linking his death to a politically motivated act of violence by DNC or Clintonian operatives. However, one can surely admit it is unusual for a family to hire a high-powered PR firm that provides “public relations for progressive candidates.” One logical explanation is that the Clinton campaign realized suspicions would surface after Seth Rich was found murdered and immediately started damage control. If Pastorum hadn’t only been created last year, it might not seem so peculiar. And if their web page had any content on it whatsoever, it would be possible for people to easily learn about the origins of their creation. But, like Russia’s connection to the DNC leak, it’s just a theory.

Again, the assertion that a whistleblower was murdered by an operative for a major political party cannot be proven at this time. Nor can the assertion that the murders of five people (in two months) who were going to testify against Clinton had any connection with Clinton operatives.

What can be proven, and what should be taken far more seriously, is the metamorphosis of the state’s rhetoric against Wikileaks from hostile to downright war-like. Not vitriolic, but war-like — as in quite literally the kind of rhetoric that leads to actual war with tanks, guns, and bomber planes — or, in this case, maybe just a bomb robot or a stealthy climber.

It’s a worrisome time for Assange supporters. The last two weeks, in particular, have been downright surreal. First, Obama hagiographer Michael Grunwald tweeted with maniacal delight his support of Assange being killed in a drone strike. Then, Clinton strategist Bob Beckel went on Fox News and jumped up and down in his seat begging for someone to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch…[because] a dead man can’t leak stuff.”

These two men, Democrat luminaries regularly featured on POLITICO and CNN, advocated the extrajudicial killing of a whistleblower to millions of people.

The stigmatization and demonization of whistleblowers and hacktivists come after a decade in which the U.S. government’s civil liberty abuses have been laid bare for all to see. Snowden’s history-altering revelations about the NSA set the precedent that in the information age, state abuses can be illuminated for citizens to see. Transparency doesn’t bode well for Big Brother.

Notably, the NSA leaks facilitated by WikiLeaks are still pouring out. The Intercept recently began publishing internal NSA newsletters written by and circulated among its critically important Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SIGINT. Intercept writer Micah Lee spoke to Anti-Media about the SIDtoday articles.

“Besides the hundreds of small, but significant, individual revelations about the NSA,” he said, “the SIDtoday articles as a whole describe a secret history of the United States’s response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Until Snowden leaked documents, the public didn’t understand, or consent to, what America’s spies were doing, but SIDtoday tells the story of how and why it came it be.”

Micah says the Intercept has only published 9% of what it has, which will amount to around 4,500 articles. Micah acknowledged the dangerous environment in which whistleblowers now find themselves.

“No matter [who is elected], it will be an uphill battle for whistleblowers, but I doubt that will stop them.”

It is my assertion that both Trump and Clinton are likely to engage in specific military operations to dismantle organizations responsible for high-level leaks. It could very well be the next ubiquitous war.

Clinton has cultivated a well-documented track record of pro-war ideologies, not the least of which is her perpetual use of the War on Terror to trigger fear and trauma in the minds of voters. Who could forget the primary debate in which she used 9/11 imagery to defend her Wall Street connections?

An example that may have flown under the radar was the Clinton Foundation’s advertisement for the 2014 exhibit “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America.” It was a featured installation at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

According to the Clinton Foundation’s site:

Americans have endured thousands of incidents of terror, violence, or subversion right here at home by domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals and saboteurs, traitors and spies…The exhibition reminds us that Americans have known and dealt with acts of terror since the founding days of the republic and will continue to face these challenges in the years ahead.”

For Clinton (and assuredly Trump, too) war is a permanent fixture in the American empire, as it was for Bush, Obama, and virtually all presidents before them. But the enemies are scattered and amorphous now. Radical jihadists are not like traditional standing armies; their prosecution requires a global, never-ending ubiquitous brand of war that is encoded into the very structure of American foreign policy. A widespread declared war against hackers, hacktivists (Anonymous), whistleblower organizations (WikiLeaks) and individual whistleblowers (Snowden, Chelsea Manning, etc.) would be similar. The empire’s enemy would be scattered, and tracking them would require that the tentacles of the security state slither further into every home and digital device.

For the empire, these leaks are a direct assault on the power and hegemony of the ‘deep state,’ the synergistic nexus of state diplomats and officials, defense contractors, financial institutions, surveillance courts, and the military-industrial complex that together forms the connective tissue holding together a globalist oligarchy.

They stand to lose too much from hacked information showing their improprieties. And the rhetoric continues to accelerate. Guccifer 2.0’s recent hack of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s computer provoked her to use the phrase “electronic Watergate.”

It will be a bipartisan war, and the battle lines will be drawn harshly. In the same vein as Bush’s “you’re either with us or against us” axis of evil, the umbrella of terrorism will expand to include any organizations that leak classified information, any group that publishes the information, and eventually, any journalist that links to a publication containing the information. Barrett Brown, currently serving 63 months for linking to a leak, may agree with me.

Whatever administration is in office will, of course, invoke national security as the pretext for the War on Leaks.

Maybe a giant financial institution is hacked, and the information released is said to be the catalyst for an economic downturn; then another leak is blamed for a terrorist attack that kills hundreds of innocent people; then several more major corporations have their entire systems compromised; then an individual hacker releases 50 million social security numbers; celebrities see more of their lascivious sex acts on TMZ (maybe a couple of A-listers are outed).

Soon the entire country agrees: we must go to war with hackers and organizations that leak information.

After years of hating the government, Americans welcome Big Brother back into their lives as the protector of information. They need the state.

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Infocat's picture

We can stop these criminals, all we need is a political revolution!

peddling-fiction's picture

Infocat, your site is kind of lame.

Spamming does not work very well here at ZH.

Where is the kitty litter box?

DownWithYogaPants's picture
  • Time magazine conservative / Right leaning?  YouGottaBeShittingMe.
  • I'm getting tired of all this conflation of "ooho these 2 are equally bad.".   Clearly Trump is lightyears better.  How much exactly I can not say but Shrillary?  You can not polish a turd.
Here2Go's picture

Hillary will try and use BleachBit on his hair... Oh Wait!

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

A war on truth and voting is going to help how? Keep dreaming cucks. You know, the worst part of this charade is the "murica has spoken" bullshit afterward and how many cucks actually believe it.

JoeSexPack's picture

Lawyer of Assange found dead, crushed under train.


Just a coincidence, of course.

Like John Ashe dropping weight bar on his throat.

Or Dr Drew getting fired.


KuriousKat's picture

wow  that is really close to home.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

So based on what I just read, shouldn't the Tylers be concerned?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) JoeSexPack Aug 28, 2016 6:35 AM

Dying cornered empires are dangerous, the fangs and claws all exposed and thrashing.

In San Francisco people openly hope for an earthquake because they are being pushed out of

the city. Lots of people have been hoping for collapse of America on all sides. They have no fucking

idea how dangerous it all is.

prefan4200's picture

Assange was only showing how clever he is in the Dutch interview.  He likely knew exactly what he was doing by throwing in a reference to DNC's Seth Rich that could be interpreted as Rich having been the mole.  This tells me Seth Rich was not the mole and by blaming it on a dead man, Assange protects his still-in-place mole, and perhaps the search for the mole stops.  If this is what Assange actually did here, the guy is a real player and not to be under-estimated. 

Perimetr's picture

First they come for the whistleblowers

GRDguy's picture

Assassination --> extreme censorship.

wildbad's picture

so seriously?  toewer of mordor?  then a quick logical jump from "trump's hatred of journalists"  to " and most certainly of whistleblowers"?

jake you're letting your prejudices show.  without whistleblowers he would not be parading Killary's emails around like a proud Labrador.


I too am worried for Julian and like you, it is not a maternal instinct since I am a man.  It is not even a logical conclusion, it is what his powerful enemies have said thousands of times.  He may die and I would be very suprised if it is a natural death.  he knew what he was doing then and knows now.

he is brilliant and ballsy and we all owe him a mountain of praise for helping expose the hidden evil agenda of this bastardly inbred clique controoling the media and the human race for their poisonous ends.

Infocat's picture

What are you, a libtard sjw in disguise? HuffPuff is waiting for you!

peddling-fiction's picture

You seem to be playing it safe.

You've got to be edgier and risk your whiskers.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Actually his site is more edgy than not, but only if you are a white person. Also, he doesn't hide the link so that doesn't qualify as spam imo. You know what it is, you don't care for it, you ignore it. Nobody is trying to trick you into visiting.

True Blue's picture

3 weeks, 1 day, and already nothing but a fucking little troll. Go play in traffic.

Handful of Dust's picture

Bill Clinton blew up the entire Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia claiming his map was out of date. I don't know about the neighborhood of the Ecuadorian Embassy but I would not want to live near it.

Odd how Wall Street criminals, treasonous State Dept officials and war criminals walk freely thru the USA but honest whistle blowers are prosecuted.

What kind of nation has America become?

peddling-fiction's picture

What kind of nation has America become?

It appears that it is finally becoming clear what kind of government the U.S. has been for a long time.

Seek_Truth's picture

Amen, Brother!

"Because of the signs it was given to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived those who dwell on the earth, telling them to make an image to the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet had lived. 15The second beast was permitted to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image would also speak and cause all who refused to worship it to be killed. 16And the second beast required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead" - Revelation 13:14-16

espirit's picture

The mark spoken of wouldn't happen to be a star, would it?

Joe A's picture

The Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was not situated in the part of Belgrade where they other embassies or any Serbia official buildings are apart from the then assembly of Yugoslavia. It was in New Belgrade, across the river. Previously that building was the headquarters of the communist party but they coud have known it was the Chinese Embassy then. Many believe the embassy was bombed because China was supporting YU politically and with weapons. Also, the Yugoslav army shot down a F117 (for which they apologized, saying they didn't know it was invisible....) and Milosevic gave the parts of the plane to the Chinese.

Sam.Spade's picture

We are becoming what every other nation that is run by a highly centralized government eventually becomes:  A group of creatures living in fear, trying to survive under those who are tyrants at heart.  

And tyrants can't afford to be exposed.

Until about 1900, they couldn't avoid it because the machinery of oppression was not well developed.  Then came punch card systems, centralized telephone networks, fax machines, photo IDs, radio-dispatching, and, most of all, central banking.

Yes.  Central Banking.  It's no accident that the concept of the totalitarian state never existed before fiat.  When governments control the monetary presses, they use what they print to buy off their opposition and eliminate those who won't sell.

Now, with the rise of the surveillance state, they are fast reaching their ultimate objective:  Total control of everyone.  Soon, we will all have to choose:  Either become data serfs, owned intellectually and physically by the few who control the government, or go underground by becoming anonymous.  Which the government will, of course, make illegal.

And that will apply to whistle blowers, too, just like everyone else.  Those that have a moral need to fight back by exposing evil will start paying the ultimate price for their opposition. Ditto for investigative reporters, the ones who really dig the dirt. 

And for anyone who wants to read what they say.

Like you.

As long as you can be identified.

Hiding on-line will become an essential survival skill.  Anonymity will become the only defense in new cyber battleground.

Thieves Emporium is the story of that struggle.  War in the digital shadows.  Not between formal armies, but by the common man against the state.

You need to read it, not just because it's a fun read (which it is), but because it's also a primer for rebellion in the age of the Internet.

The Daily Anarchist loved it and called it 'Barely Fiction'.  The Daily Bell editors thought it was so good that they published it as a serial.

Readers at Amazon must agree, as they rate it 4.6 in over 100 reviews.  Ditto for readers at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, though with fewer reviews.

Get a copy now while you still can.

espirit's picture

Dude, they already made a movie about this, and sequels.

"The Matrix"

Sam.Spade's picture

Matrix was Sci Fi, way out there.  Thieves Emporium is political fiction.  No aliens, no blue pills.  Just a framework of reality.

But, you are right, they have made movies that have come close.  Like 1984, for instance.  Or Other People's Lives. And Z.

Only close, though, because the plot of this book is just there to guide the reader through the issues.  The plot and characters are fiction, the background and framework are, unfortunately, not.

Farqued Up's picture

Good point on the Chinese Embassy. It was across the Sava several miles from downtown. The Cruise was accurate enough to go through the window of the defense building upper floor targeting the Minister's office but was a perfect strike mistake out in the boonies?


GreatUncle's picture

By putting the concept of a war against whistleblowers and hacktivists the game changes yet again.

Those with skills and able will now be driven by persecution to support terrorists who will value and utilise those skills ... so expect possibly some newer more efficient software strategies from the likes of ISIS and others.

All to conceal the lies of politicians.

Can you see the future, ISIS to release 40,000 emails from another Clinton server which a now hacker ally secured.

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

Yeah, but I read that Trump will execute him "humanely", so that's cool I guess.

Bob's picture

After some manly American torture and droning his family. 

jeff montanye's picture

the litmus test is 9-11.  it was done by likud/mossad and neocons in the u.s. government.  making that known is the game-changer.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

On "Morning Joe" Donald Trump called out Saudia Arabia AND hinted at Israel being involved in 9/11. When Scarborough pressured Trump to reveal who the second nation was (Trump had already named Saudi Arabia) Trump resisted naming them but we all know who he meant. If you haven't seen it here it is.


Does that pass your test because it passes mine?

sessinpo's picture

This is a perfect example of why most americans aren't awake and not much has changed. One such group that has fostered these groups such as isis and al queda is the american government itself. And I think many on zh would agree.

But if you make this a topic over most family get togethers, you will find that most americans just aren't ready to accept that as reality. You will be called the crazy one. It doesn't pass the the test for most americans because they just can't accept the answer, thus the test is a lie itself to them.

Once you understand that, then you might understand the gravity of the problem america has. You can't always look at things from your perspective and think that most everyone thinks the same way. They don't.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) FlKeysFisherman Aug 28, 2016 6:37 AM

Of course he knows. Roger Stone his longtime friend told Alex Jones "He was a infowarior before you had your radio show"

gregga777's picture

There are no such thing as journalists in the so-called mainstream media. They are all paid propaganda whores. And CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNBC, TIME, The WSJ (Con Street Journal), etc., are all exclusively Feral government


President William Jefferson "Bill the Pedophile" Clinton gave the Feral government's approval to six giant corporations that allowed them to acquire all print, broadcast and cable media and all entertainment creation, production, distribution, broadcast spectra and cable channels. The formation of the mainstream media & entertainment oligopoly was predicated on the condition that in exchange for monopolistic pricing power and profits, that these six corporations would act as organs of state propaganda. Since then, everything in every form of media and in entertainment has been Feral government approved propaganda.

The inquisitive investigative media that published Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the Pentagon Papers no longer exists. That role is now held by WikiLeaks, DC Leaks, Guccipher and other organizations. That's another reason that the Feral government's organs of state propanda (mainstream media & entertainment oligopoly) and their paid propaganda whores despise and slander WikiLeaks and Julian Assange at every opportunity. They know that they are nothing but whores, paid propaganda mouthpieces for the Feral government, and the truth hurts.

jeff montanye's picture

much of what you say is indisputably true.  however your example of the pentagon papers is a bit beside the point.  the new york times that did the deed in this case is still owned by the same zionist jewish family the sulzbergers, that have owned it for it seems like ever.  the deal is that the war in vietnam was not crucial because it didn't affect israel.

however with 9-11, the war in iraq, the trump campaign (zionists hate him, apparently) one gets nearly pure propaganda and, in the case of the war in iraq, actual war starting lies.  

but you are right that generally investigative reporting in the old media is a dying art and it has pretty much migrated to the internet and outlaw hackers.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Just look at the number of journalist in CFR.   Many.

swmnguy's picture

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if our current President kills Assange.

BeerMe's picture

So Clinton will try war with Russia?  Got it!

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

We the informed, are and have been for quite some time, been at war with the misinformed. Since all has been hijacked, the press, goverment, politicians, bankers, corporations, are ALL purveyors of disinformation, the general public has been bamboozled into compliant sheep. Whistleblowing will not die, it's just getting started.

Tinky's picture

Hey Jake, unless you're planning on a gender reassignment, it would be a paternal instinct in your case, not "maternal".

itstippy's picture

I'm gonna vote for the guy or gal that promises to relentlessly root out government waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption.  That'll change things!  Government whistle blowers will be hailed as National Heroes and urged to run for public office.  Government influence-peddlers will be ostracized and stripped of their ill-gotten gains.  Honest Americans' hearts will swell with pride at their good government, the envy of the World.

Sam.Spade's picture

You're being sarcastic, right?  Then please use the /s flag, as otherwise most of us will think you just a foold

navy62802's picture

I don't think Trump would kill him.

damicol's picture

I agree,, I think Mr Trump will open the doors and let the cocksuckers hang.


 After pulling out of all these fucking warmongering adventures there would be no reason to censure leaks  from the bush clitsnot clans.

Destroying them protects himself

sessinpo's picture

How many black ops are there that the president doesn't know about?

Many think that the president has the highest level of security clearance and can access any and all information. I disagree.

So, maybe you are right, trump wouldn't kill him or authorize it. Some might say it is plausible deniability. But does it really matter?

My point is that we have a government that can do whatever it wants, with or without a presidents knowledge or permission. You might consider that a problem especially if the target of assassination becomes the president.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) sessinpo Aug 28, 2016 6:51 AM

I've thought of that before. Paul Craig Roberts said the President is captive, so even he is afraid to question why his Chicago boyfriends were whacked.

sessinpo's picture

Yes, I tend to agree. I'm afraid we expect to much from our heroes. In this modern day, some would expect a person elected to office for maybe 8 years to clean up the corruption of career self serving traitors. These traitors are there 20, 30 or even longer in various groups and clubs manipulating their way around any person elected for a few years or so. Over time, it is a corrupt culture that requires more then cutting off a few heads. They can just wait it out and if things need to be expedited, then they have their ways to get things done.

Yars Revenge's picture

What a sorry state of affairs when the whistleblower is prosecuted instead of the criminals.