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Whistleblower Counsel Statement on Speculation of Whistleblower Identity Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (10/31/19)

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  FOR   IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  October  31, 2019

          STATEMENT ON SPECULATION OF WHISTLEBLOWER IDENTITY

                                         , the Counsel of the Inspectors General on Integrity and
  Efficiency made it clear that Whistleblowers play an essential public service in coming forward by
  reporting their reasonable belief of waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct, and that whistleblowers
  should never suffer reprisal or even the threat of reprisal for doing so. Significantly, the letter
  quotes Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman and co-founder of the U.S. Senate's
  Whistleblower Caucus, who noted recently regarding this matter, that whistleblowers ought to be
  heard out and protected and we should always work to respect whistleblowers' requests for
  confidentiality. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire - himself an appointee of
  President Trump -  stated in his public testimony on September 26, 2019, that the whistleblower
  acted in Lood faith and followed the law every step of the way.

  Members  of the media have a similar role in protecting those who lawfully expose suspected
  government  wrongdoing.

  Accordingly, we neither confirm nor deny the identity of the Intelligence Community
  Whistleblower. Our client is legally entitled to anonymity. Disclosure of the name of any person who
  may  be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical
  danger. Any physical harm the individual and/or their family suffers as a result of disclosure means
  that the individuals and publications reporting such names will be personally liable for that harm.
  Such behavior is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless.

                                     Andrew  P. Bakaj, Esq.
                    Lead Attorney for the Intelligence Community Whistleblower

                                       Mark  S. Zaid, Esq.
                     Co-Counsel for the Intelligence Community Whistleblower


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