As he continues to evade U.S. authorities, Edward Snowden joins a list of famous people who blew the whistle on private and government scandals. It is not yet known what kind of long-term impact Snowden's leak may have.
Mark Felt, a.k.a "Deep Throat"
Associate Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigtion until his retirement in 1973, Mark Felt gave Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein information on what would become the Watergate burglary scandal. The scandal led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Felt denied involvement until revealing himself as "Deep Throat," in 2005.
As Vice President of Corporate Development at the Enron Corporation, Sherron Watkins alerted her Enron superiors of accounting irregularities. Shareholders and employees lost billions in pensions and stock prices.
Watkins has been criticized for not making the irregularities known sooner, as it took five months for her initial report to reach the public.
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a former United States military analyst, released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of the choices made by the U.S. government regarding the Vietnam War, to various national newspapers.
The leak revealed many secret government decisions, among them that four presidential administrations had misled the public about their intentions regarding Vietnam.
Jeffrey S. Wigand is a former employee at Brown and Williamson, who worked on the development of reduced-harm cigarettes.
Wigand appeared on 60 Minutes in 1996 and stated that his company had intentionally increased the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.
Wigand said he was harassed and received death threats affter his appearance on the program. He now works as a lecturer and consultant and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 1999 film The Insider.
Currently suspected of having shared classified material with WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning is an army soldier who was arrested in 2010.
Information was compiled from Whistleblowers.org, The New York TImes, The Washington Post, The Library of Congress and IMDB.com.
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Are Americans smart to stop drinking diet sodas?
Recent data from Beverage Digest suggest many are cutting back on diet sodas. Consumption of diet sodas fell more than that of sugary sodas in 2013. This raises two questions: Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health?
VIDEO: Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game
Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.
Travelers fly on Air Twitter
The enlightened age of social media has dawned over the airline industry, casting shadows over telephone call centers and on-site agents. Facebook and Twitter are racking up the friends and followers while the hold music plays on.
VIDEO: White House may ban selfies
The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.
Why Starbucks won't recycle your paper coffee cup
When you drop that used white paper cup into the bin next to the door at a Starbucks, have you done your part to save the planet? Starbucks has long hoped that you would think so. After all, there's no better way to attract an affluent, eco-conscious clientele than to convince customers that your disposable product is "renewable."
A man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal
Although not as celebrated as the late American amnesiac H.M., for my money K.C. taught us more important and poignant things about how memory works. He showed how we make memories personal and personally meaningful. He also had a heck of a life story.
At many leading schools, football fails to make cut
To my astonishment, 67 of the top 100 schools, ranked by participation in college-level tests, said they do not field a team, denoting a shift in American high school culture, at least in those schools that challenge their students most.
Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers
Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.
3 apps to make your flight easier
Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.
Don't blame voters for low turnout
Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
It won't happen. But if it did, pundits and activists would surely blame public apathy for such a catastrophe. I'd name a different culprit: the major parties, their candidates and their acolytes in the news media.
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