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Poll: Favorite Real-Life Whistleblower Movie?

A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice. According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged wrongdoing can be classified in many ways: violations of company policy/rules, law, regulation, or threat to public interest/national security, as well as, outright fraud and corruption.

Which of these movies that tells the story of a real-life whistle blower is your favorite film? *fictionalized real-life whistleblowers have been classified as fictional for poll

Discuss the topic here.

Make Your Choice

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    Snowden (2016)

    Real-life whistleblower: Edward Snowden

    Case: U.S. National Security Agency's use of illegal mass surveillance programs

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    All the President's Men (1976)

    Real-life whistleblower: "Deep Throat", later to be revealed as FBI Deputy Director William Mark Felt Sr.

    Case: U.S. President Richard "Dick" Nixon's Watergate scandal

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    The Post (2017)

    Real-life whistleblower: Daniel Ellsberg

    Case: U.S. Department of Defense's Pentagon Papers scandal

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    Serpico (1973)

    Real-life whistleblower: Frank Serpico

    Case: N.Y.C. Police Department police corruption

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    The Insider (1999)

    Real-life whistleblower: Jeffrey Wigand

    Case: Brown & Williamson's cigarette additives cover-up (carcinogenic/addictive)

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    The Report (2019)

    Real-life whistleblowers: Daniel J. Jones, lead investigator and other investigative team members

    Case: "Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Report of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program," was the largest investigation in U.S. Senate history. It was described by the Los Angeles Times as the "most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations" comprising a review of 6.3 million pages of classified documents.

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    The Fifth Estate (2013)

    Real-life whistleblowers: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder and Daniel Berg, OpenLeaks Founder

    Cases: Various Leak websites serve as a whistleblower conduit and are devoted to making their information public

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    The Informant! (2009)

    Real-life whistleblower: Mark Whitacre

    Case: Archer Daniels Midland food and commodities price fixing

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    Kill the Messenger (2014)

    Real-Lifel whistleblower: Coral Baca

    Case: CIA's supported cocaine trafficking into the USA

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    Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

    Real-life whistleblower: William Mark Felt Sr., aka "Deep Throat"

    Case: U.S. President Richard "Dick" Nixon's Watergate scandal

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    Fair Game (2010)

    Real-life whistleblower: Joseph C. Wilson

    Case: U.S. George W. Bush's misrepresentation of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capability (yellowcake uranium)

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    Silkwood (1983)

    Real-life whistleblower: Karen Silkwood

    Case: Kerr-McGee Corporation's health and safety practices and anti-union backlash at its Cimarron Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Site

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    The Whistleblower (2010)

    Real-life whistleblower: Larysa Kondracki

    Case: DynCorp International's United Nations peacekeeper sex trafficking

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    Official Secrets (2019)

    Real-life whistleblower: Katharine Gun

    Case: U.S. National Security Agency's bugging of United Nations Security Council foreign offices of Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Guinea and Pakistan

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    Citizenfour (2014)

    Real-life whistleblower: Edward Snowden

    Case: U.S. National Security Agency's use of illegal mass surveillance programs

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    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

    Real-life whistleblower: Sherron Watkins

    Case: Enron Corporation's financial fraud and accounting practices that led to its bankruptcy and the de facto dissolution of Arthur Andersen, a "Big Five" accounting firm

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    We Steal Secrets (2013)

    Real-life whistleblower: Julian Assange

    Case: Various WikiLeaks, a website devoted to making public information (a whistleblower conduit)

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    The Pentagon Papers (2003)

    Real-life whistleblower: Daniel Ellsberg

    Case: U.S. Department of Defense's Pentagon Papers scandal

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    Erin Brockovich (2000)

    Real-life whistleblower: Erin Brockovich

    Case: Pacific Gas & Electric Hinkley's drinking water contamination

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    Breach (2007)

    Real-life whistleblower: Eric O'Neill

    Case: Robert Hanssen's espionage activities

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    The Pentagon Wars (1998)

    Real-life whistleblower: Lieutenant Colonel James Burton

    Case: U.S. Military's Bradley Fighting Vehicle project

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    Dark Waters (2019)

    Real-life whistleblower: Robert Bilott and Wilbur Tennant

    Case: DuPont knowingly contaminates the public drinking water supply for decades with the toxic chemicals used to make Teflon.

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    A Good American (2015)

    Real-life whistleblower: William Binney, Kirk Wiebe, Edward Loomis , Diane Roark and Thomas Drake

    Case: U.S. NSA's decision to use "Trailblazer", a NSA electronic surveillance program that was a billion-dollar failure over "ThinThread", a less costly in-house program with built-in privacy protections for United States citizens. In a secret 2002 test run, the cheap surveillance tool predicted the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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    Chasing Madoff (2010)

    Real-life whistleblower: Harry Markopolos

    Case: Bernie Madoff's Ponzi investment fraud

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    The Great Hack (2019)

    Real-life whistleblowers: Brittany Kaiser, Christopher Wylie, and others

    Case: Facebook's & Cambridge Analytica's data scandal and related manipulation of political elections through personal data mining, targeted social media, and voter mind control, most notably, the Leave.EU Brexit campaign and Donald Trump's 2016 US presidential bid.

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