Whoever the whistle-blower was, whoever divulged Cabinet's plan to nationalise Telecom's network, did exactly the right thing. What the whistle-blower did was warn a victim of burglary what he overheard the burglars planning to do to them. It was a moral act.It sure was. There is a difference between a whistleblower and a 'snitch' (as Clark's spin doctors and the line grab apologists have called Ryan). The difference apparently lies in which side of the information diclosure you're on, and what information is disclosed. Some whistle blowers are admired. The US actually values people whistleblowers so much they have whistleblower laws designed to protect them; Woodward and Bernstein were feted for protecting their source, and helping him bring down a President; the recent Plame case raised the issue that "whoever leaked the information did so to expose potential government wrong doing."
And that's really the key, isn't it: despite the spin, this was government wrongdoing. As Deborah Coddington expained on Sunday, "the Government's taken a leaf out of National Socialism's book - leave the actual ownership in private hands but have the State dictate what private owners can do with their property." What Ryan did was the right thing. Ryan just gave the victims a heads up so they coud take whatever evasive action they could if they had the gumption to do so. He told the victims of theft in advance that a coterie of thieves was about to do them over.
Michael, if you're reading this, Good on You.
UPDATE 1: Helen Clark this morning called Ryan's passing on the information "an act of gross and disgraceful dishonesty." So that means that in Clark's rather arid world it is dishonest to pass on information about an impending theft, but presumably not dishonest to enact such a theft.
UPDATE 2: Southern Gent makes the excellent point that "he is not worthy of a medal" since in his own words "he did not do it for the money." Good point. :-)
LINKS: Messenger taking full blame for leak - TVNZ
Telecom leaker named - NBR
'Leaker' has been dismissed - Newstalk ZB
Deborah Coddington: Nationalising Telecom a more honest move - NZ Herald
Telecom: Who leaked? Who cares. - Not PC