Don't Fear the Leaker: Thoughts on Bureaucracy and Ethical Whistleblowing

9 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2014 Last revised: 3 Nov 2014

Glenn Harlan Reynolds

University of Tennessee College of Law

Date Written: September 15, 2014

Abstract

In this brief Essay, I argue that rather than trying to eliminate leaks entirely, which experience demonstrates is impossible, we should instead try to channel leaks so that they provide the maximum benefit to transparency while reducing risks to national security and other secrecy concerns. I also offer some preliminary suggestions about how to accomplish this goal.

Keywords: whistleblower, leaker, nsa, national security, snowden, classification, whistleblower protection act

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, Don't Fear the Leaker: Thoughts on Bureaucracy and Ethical Whistleblowing (September 15, 2014). University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 254. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2496400

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Contact Author)

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