Experts doubt intel-leaker Snowden qualifies as whistleblower under federal law

The Republic - Those statutes are designed 'to encourage federal government employees to feel like they can expose wrongdoing in the government without fear that they'll either be retaliated against, like lose their job, or be denied a promotion,' said John L. Watts, a Texas Tech University law professor who has practiced whistleblower law.

Traitor. Hero. Criminal. Whistleblower. Labels have been flying since Edward Snowden revealed himself as the leaker of secrets about government surveillance programs. The 29-year-old ex-government contractor is far from alone in spouting classified information.

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Those statutes are designed "to encourage federal government employees to feel like they can expose wrongdoing in the government without fear that they'll either be retaliated against, like lose their job, or be denied a promotion," said John L. Watts, a Texas Tech University law professor who has practiced whistleblower law.

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