What is the difference between a whistleblower and a leaker? | Just The FAQs

Whistleblowers have been at time essential and detrimental to a country’s democracy, but what makes them different than a leaker? And how does a complaint work in the government.
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WASHINGTON – A whistleblower’s “urgent” concerns about a national security issue was made public Thursday after initial efforts by the Trump administration to block its transmission to Congress.

The House and Senate intelligence committees reviewed the complaint this week, more than a month after it was filed.

The complaint appears related to President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump released a five-page summary of the call Wednesday, which revealed the president asking Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden while the president withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to that country.

Following the procedure outlined in the law, the whistleblower notified the inspector general for the director of national intelligence (DNI), Michael Atkinson on Aug. 12. Atkinson said in a Sept. 9 letter to Congress that the matter involves an “urgent concern,” which is defined as “a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of the law,” but “does not include differences of opinions concerning public policy matters.”

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