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Name one high profile whistleblower in USA in the last 30 years has not had his entire life upturned or, more often, straight up ruined as a direct result of his high moral standards.

Nobody working at Boeing of FAA right now has witnessed one during their lifetime - all they saw were cautionary tales.

Quoting Wikipedia:

"Based on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, only 21% of the 1800 whistleblower cases reviewed by the agency in 2007 had "a favorable outcome" for the whistleblower. The GAO found that the key issues were lack of resources for investigating employees' claims and the legal complexity of whistleblower protection regulations."

They wouldn't be 'high profile' thanks to the strong anonymity protections, but some whistleblower programmes can be - how shall we say - fairly rewarding [0].

The SEC's may not be typical of whistleblower programmes in the USA, but I'm not sure presenting it as uniformly awful across the board is true either. There definitely exist those who have gained (at least monetarily) from whistleblowing.

[0] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-26/two-whist...

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