Wednesday, May 02, 2007

[whistleblowers] heroes or traitors

This is a re-running of the story I ran on Sunday, November 5th, 2006, dedicated to Ellee Seymour:

Most people, especially the Russians, regard Alexander Solzhenitsin as a patriot and a hero. What did he essentially do? He told on the Soviet Union. He was a whistle blower.

Many Russians regard Vladimir Rezun as a traitor. What did he essentially do? He told on the Soviet Union. He was a whistle blower.

Half the Americans regard Daniel Ellsberg as one of the most important figures in Nixonian America and the man who blew the whistle on Vietnam. The other half accept, in varying degrees, Henry Kissinger’s assessment of the man: A fanatical drug-crazed sexual pervert, the most dangerous man in America, who has to be stopped at all costs.

Mordecai Vanunu told the world about Israel’s nuclear weapons. He was a whistle blower. Hero or traitor?

Here are their stories.

1 comment:

Winfred Mann said...

Do not forget, Daniel Ellsberg violated American espionage law when he reveled the Pentagon papers. At another time in history, WWII for instance, he would have been tried and executed.

WM