1773 – Benjamin Franklin published letters showing that the governor of Massachusetts misled Parliament in promoting military build-up in the New World. The governor was expelled.
1777 – Samuel shaw og Richard Marven revealed torture of British prisoners of war. As a result, the US Congress unanimously passed the first law protecting whistleblowers.
1872 – Julius Chambers, one of America's first digging journalists, infiltrated
Bloomingdale Mental Hospital in New York and wrote articles proving abuse of patients.
1906 – Upton Sinclair, author, revealed the conditions in Chicago's slaughterhouses in the novel The Jungle.
1933 – Smedley Butler, retired Major General, revealed in a secret congressional hearing and in his book War Is a Racket "The Business Plot" project – plans to govern Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1969 – The Inside Journalist Günter Wallraff has created the term "to walraffe", that is, to work in secret in a company or institution to be able to report on dangerous aspects of it. He published his first book 13 unwanted reports (1969) about what it was like to be an alcoholic, stay away and work at a chemical factory. He has later published a large number of books in this critical warning and insider tradition.
1969 – Ron Ridenhour, helicopter soldier in Vietnam, wrote a letter to Congress and the Pentagon about torture, sexual abuse, genital mutilation and mass murder of hundreds of civilians.
1971 – Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst, published government documents (Pentagon Papers) showing that several administrations had lied to Congress about the war in Vietnam.
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