CHAPTER 3 What to Know Before You Blow

Now that you understand what you may be up against in blowing the whistle, it is important to be well informed and proceed as carefully and deliberately as possible. In this chapter we offer advice on the next steps, derived from the experiences of countless whistleblowers.

Be Clear about Your Objectives

The first thing to know is yourself. What is your objective in blowing the whistle—what do you want to accomplish? What must happen for you to be at peace with your decision so that you can move on? Objectives can be relatively modest, like being a good citizen who honestly cooperates with a government investigation or makes a record of opposition to a questionable activity or decision. It may be constructive, ...

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