...the most powerful political officials cannot commit crimes or engage in serious wrongdoing. The only political crimes come from exposing and aggressively challenging those officials. How is it anything other than pure whistleblowing to disclose secret documents proving that top government officials have been systematically deceiving the public about vital matters and/or skirting if not violating legal and Constitutional limits?
The same applies to the most powerful private officials, specifically the big money boys, many of whom are private equity underwriters (PEU's). The Carlyle Group somehow avoided a bad name for:
1. Bilking Medicaid for unnecessary and/or poor quality dental procedures on kids. - Church Street Health Management
2. Bribing Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). -Synagro Technologies
3. Twenty five patient deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. -LifeCare Hospitals
Carlyle cofounders David Rubenstein, Bill Conway and Danny D'Aniello settled with the New York State Attorney General for $20 million to get out of a pension "pay to play" investigation.
Neither politicians, appointed officials or their financiers are held to account for their misdeeds, much less charged with crimes. They're insulated and protected by fellow members of the Government-Corporate Monstrosity, Eisnehower's Military-Industrial Complex on trillions in federal steroids.
General James Clapper defended the Government-Corporate Monstrosity by vilifying Snowden and anyone who might show actual concern. Clapper defended his three years as a Booz Allen Hamilton executive and his subsequent enrichment via the GCM.
(In 1995) Clapper worked as executive director of military intelligence programs for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. In 1998 he moved on to Intelligence Programs director for SRA International, another government contractor. In October 2006 Clapper was hired as chief operating officer for DFI Government Services, a national security consulting firm. DFI was soon acquired by Detica which was, in turn, bought out by BAE Systems. Also in October 2006, Clapper joined the board of directors of 3001 International, a prime contractor of the NGA that was acquired by Northup Grumman in September 2008.
The GCM has an all out war on whistleblowers, the public servant and private employee kind. Whistleblowers face a monster wave of retaliation. The politically powerful, who lie with no conscience, face no consequences. Image must be maintained at all costs.