Watch: 5 New Whistleblowers Who Spoke Out Since Snowden
On June 13, 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was charged with "theft of government property," "unauthorized communication of national defense information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person."
After living in exile for nearly three years, Snowden is now requesting President Obama to pardon him.
"My concern here is not just myself," Snowden announced to supporters via satellite Wednesday. "If I and other whistleblowers are sentenced to long years in prison without so much as a chance to explain our motivations to a jury, it will have a deeply chilling effect on future whistleblowers working as I did to expose government abuse and overreach."
But what about whistleblowers working outside the government, exposing their own industries? Here are five who have come forward since Snowden, many of whom you probably haven't even heard of:
John Crane, Mistreatment of Other Whistleblowers
The former senior Pentagon official spoke with Democracy Now! in an exclusive interview in June 2016 about the risk Edward Snowden took in exposing the government. As a 25-year veteran employee for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, Crane's goal is to encourage federal employees to expose abuse within the system.
"To me, the main issue is: Can we have a workable system that lets whistleblowers follow their own principled dissent without having them destroyed in the process?" asked John Crane.
Giovanni Bohorquez, Herbalife
After Bohorquez spoke out about distributors' lies regarding the product's medical benefits, it was revealed that the former Herbalife executive was promised $3M by Wall Street hedge fund manager Bill Ackerman for exposing the embattled company in April 2014.
Herve Falciani, HSBC
Through his work in the IT department, Falciani uncovered the details regarding 100,000+ secret Swiss accounts. The information would later be used for tax evasion prosecution, and to put Falciani behind bars for five years, reported the Guardian in November 2015. It was the biggest leak in banking history.
Thierry Vrain, GMOs
Vrain waited a decade after retiring from Agriculture Canada to speak out against GMOs. The genetic scientists' 30-year career at the company was based on the myth that GMOs were safe which he assured the public per his employer.
Mary Willingham, University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina agreed to pay Willingham, a former athletics literacy counselor, $335,000 in March 2015. Willingham's lawsuit with the university followed "the largest academic fraud scandal in NCAA history," reported CNN.