Intelligence Official Overseeing Whistleblowing Cases Blows Whistle Himself
An official charged with investigating whistleblower cases within the U.S. intelligence community is himself blowing the whistle on alleged “public corruption,” according to new reporting by McClatchy.
Journalist Marisa Taylor describes Daniel Meyer as “the Obama administration’s top official overseeing how intelligence agencies handle whistleblower retaliation claims.” Previously, he worked on whistleblower cases within the Pentagon—after having become a tipster himself in 1989.
She writes that according to records obtained by McClatchy, Meyer has lodged a complaint with the government’s Merit Systems Protection Board accusing “his former Defense Department bosses of ‘manipulation of a final report to curry favor’ with then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.”
For his involvement in this and other cases—and possibly, he says, because he is gay—Meyer told McClatchy he was “passed over for promotions and raises and his career suffered other unfair setbacks.”
But as one congressional staffer, who asked to remain anonymous, told McClatchy in 2014: “Dan Meyer has been a relentless advocate for whistleblowers in making sure they don’t fall through the cracks. If action is taken against him, it could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers coming forward.”
As Taylor notes, “Meyer’s claims add to a barrage of allegations that the federal government’s handling of defense and intelligence whistleblower cases is flawed.”
The news comes just ahead of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day on July 30.
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