This brave individual took an oath to protect and defend our Constitution.
We’re working with the whistleblower and launched a crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers.
On October 6, 2019, it was announced that these lawyers represent a second anonymous intelligence community whistleblower who has made a protected disclosure involving first-hand knowledge of events described by the initial whistleblower.
In a September 17, 2019, letter to the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson described the initial whistleblower’s complaint as “credible” and “urgent.”
The disclosure relates to “one of the most significant and important of the [Director of National Intelligence]’s responsibilities to the American people,” he wrote.
These brave public servants could face retaliation and need your support.
Donations will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, and anonymous donations cannot be used to support the lawyers in this particular matter.
Any funds not used in this matter will be returned to Whistleblower Aid’s budget to help other brave Americans make lawful disclosures about government wrongdoing.
These whistleblowers took great personal risks, not for politics or personal gain, but to defend our democracy. We need to have their backs.
Let’s be clear--what’s happening is outrageous. The law is clear--whistleblowers must be permitted to speak to Members of Congress anonymously. Lawful disclosures are a basic element of oversight and republican governance.
The whistleblowers’ legal counsel--Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid of Compass Rose Legal Group--are core members of Whistleblower Aid’s team. They have helped to build this organization from scratch. It’s important that people know a bit about them.
Andrew Bakaj is Of Counsel to Whistleblower Aid. He’s modest--but actually amazing. While Andrew himself was in government, he literally wrote the CIA and Pentagon rules prohibiting retaliation against whistleblowers. Then, after cooperating with an official investigation into CIA misconduct, he was subject to illegal reprisals and forced out of his job--in violation of the rules that he had written himself! Whistleblower Aid recently won a great victory in Andrew’s case; you can read about it here.
Mark Zaid is Whistleblower Aid’s Founding Legal Partner. For more than 25 years, Mark has represented federal workers in cases involving classified information, including whistleblowing, criminal prosecutions, and security clearance disputes. The National Law Journal once wrote, “If Agent Mulder ever needed a lawyer, Zaid would be his man.”
We are so proud of Andrew and Mark. We can’t imagine a better team to protect these whistleblowers and bring their disclosures to light.
If we raise more than we need, Whistleblower Aid will use the money to help more brave whistleblowers stand up to executive overreach.
Founder & CEO
Andrew P. Bakaj, Esq.
Lead Attorney for the Intelligence Community Whistleblowers
Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC
Mark S. Zaid, Esq.
Attorney for the Intelligence Community Whistleblowers
Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC
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