“While the identity of the whistleblower is not publicly known, we do know that he or she is an employee of the U.S. Government. As such, he or she has by law the right—and indeed the responsibility—to make known, through appropriate channels, indications of serious wrongdoing,” the former officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations wrote. “That is precisely what this whistleblower did; and we applaud the whistleblower not only for living up to that responsibility but also for using precisely the channels made available by federal law for raising such concerns.”
Among the scores of signatories on the letter is former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, former CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, who is a CNN analyst, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who is a CNN contributor.
“What’s more, being a responsible whistleblower means that, by law, one is protected from certain egregious forms of retaliation. Whatever one’s view of the matters discussed in the whistleblower’s complaint, all Americans should be united in demanding that all branches of our government and all outlets of our media protect this whistleblower and his or her identity,” the letter reads.
“Simply put, he or she has done what our law demands; now he or she deserves our protection.”