A whistleblower is someone who reports on government waste, abuse or corruption. They usually have some sort of credential - typically actually working in the department converned as a civil servant - and also have something to lose, notably any chance at career advancement.

Position: the term whistleblower stigmatizes and isolates the person who is simply doing their duty - reporting problems as part of an overall effort at quality management in government which requires their feedback to work at all.

Green Party of Canada

Related issues:
Government Accountability, Freedom of Information, Privacy,