In an online chat this week, Edward Snowden said that while he’d like to come home to the United States,
It’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistle-blower protection laws. There are so many holes in the laws, the protections they afford are so weak, and the processes for reporting they provide are so ineffective that they appear to be intended to discourage reporting of even the clearest wrongdoing. My case clearly demonstrates the need for comprehensive whistle-blower protection act reform.
Attorney General Eric Holder responded,
If Mr. Snowden wanted to come back to the United States and enter a plea, we would engage with his lawyers.
I would think that Snowden’s lawyers would want to have that conversation before he set foot on American soil, but what about those whistle-blower protections?
Holzrichter’s story is quite compelling and a good primer on what may be ahead for Snowden — and others. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!
To find out more about James Holzrichter’s story, read his book, “Just Cause: A True Story of Courage, Hope, and the Integrity of the American Dream.”