The “whistleblower’s” legal team is saying it won’t hesitate to take legal action against media outlets that identify him. Speaking to the Daily Caller, the whistleblower’s attorneys said any organization that reports his name will be personally liable if that person is physically harmed.
This comes after RealClear Investigations suggested the whistleblower could be Eric Ciaramella. Ciaramella is reportedly a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan. [RELATED: BREAKING: DOJ Releases 500 Pages Of Mueller Investigation Memos]
His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
“I’ve heard the name. CNN has the name. The White House has the name. House Intel Committee has a name. Who is this guy being protected from? The American people. …We should talk about this right now.” – Fred Fleitz, former CIA analyst
The whistleblower’s legal team noted that there’s no law banning media outlets from identifying whistleblowers. They instead said the decision comes down to “ethics and professionalism.” [RELATED: PATRIOTS: House Republicans, Former White House Officials Spar With Rep. Schiff Over Closed-Door Testimonies [VIDEO]
“Attorneys for the whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president sparked the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry issued a statement Thursday threatening legal action against journalists who publish “the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower.”
The New York Times was first to provide some details about the whistleblower behind the complaint that started the impeachment inquiry, reporting in late-September that the whistleblower is allegedly a CIA agent who was “detailed to work at the [Trump] White House at one point.”
The Times noted that the whistleblower’s attorneys confirmed their client’s position with the CIA. In the following weeks, speculation continued to swirl and pressure mounted from Republicans, including Trump, for the identity of the whistleblower to be revealed…”
This week, multiple outlets revealed the name that, as RealClearInvestigations’ Paul Sperry put it, is reported: “an open secret inside the Beltway.” In response, the whistleblower’s attorneys, Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid, issued a release Thursday addressing “speculation” on the whistleblower’s identity.
“Our client is legally entitled to anonymity,” the statement reads. “Disclosure of the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical danger.” [RELATED: REPORT: Quid Pro Joe Denied Holy Communion At Mass Due To Stance On Abortion]
“Any physical harm the individual and/or their family suffers as a result of disclosure means that the individuals and publications reporting such names will be personally liable for that harm. Such behavior is the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless.”