Don’t shoot the messenger!

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A Long History of Whistleblower Abuse.

Even before 347BC, Plato is said to have observed that “No-one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”

Vilification of the whistleblower clearly began a very long time ago. Centuries later, it had become a well-established way of dealing with bad news.

In 69 BC, a large Roman Army led by the Consul Lucullus, was seen to be approaching Tigranocerta, the Royal City of the Armenian Empire. King Tigranes was less than happy to hear this.

“The first messenger to give notice of Lucullus’ coming was so far from pleasing King Tigranes that he had his head cut off for his pains, and no man dared bring further information. Without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat, while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him.”

The Romans destroyed his city and plundered the King’s Treasury. Though a great many agencies & reviews, since those times, have claimed to have put an end to such injustice, they have all failed to provide adequate protection for the Whistleblower.

Breaking News: June 6th 1944… Allied forces launch an invasion of “Fortress Europe” on five beaches in Normandy, France. As 156,000 Allied troops land by sea & air, the Nazi Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler is asleep. No-one dares to wake him with bad news. Crucial hours will be lost before command decisions can be transmitted to defenders. Stay tuned for updates as they come in…this one could go either way!

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