A Justification of Political Whistleblowing
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In this chapter we provide a justification of political whistleblowing and articulate some criteria for the permissibility of disclosures. In the first part we discuss the main criticisms against political whistleblowing. In particular, we address the objections from the breach of obligation and trust, lack of patriotism, harm to national security, vigilantism, lack of accountability, and imperfect information. In the second part we define the epistemic circumstances of disclosure, and we specify three conditions for the permissibility of political whistleblowing: the communicative constraints, intent, and public interest.
KeywordsPolitical whistleblowing Justification Public interest Communicative conditions Permissibility
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