One way to lose friends but perhaps gain wider influence is to blow the whistle on what your conscience tells you is sharp practice, by government or employer. Katherine Gunn tells of her personal experience of becoming a whistleblower over US plans to bug UN delegates in the run up to a crucial vote. Although there’s a clear political angle in her own motives, there remains an important democratic principle of transparency attached to the practice. Katherine’s helped set up a support network for others in her situation.
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