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Applicability of Criminal Statutes and “Whistleblower” Legislation to Unauthorized Employee Disclosures


Several criminal statutes may be applicable to improper disclosure by a Justice Department employee of information pertaining to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) undercover investigations.

Employees of the FBI are excepted from the general “whistleblower” provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; those provisions do not in any event apply where a disclosure is specifically prohibited by law, as is apparently the case here.

Updated July 9, 2014