‘Celebrity’ whistleblowers and the issue of accountability

Does the media portrayal of intelligence whistleblowers hinder our ability to hold democratic governments to account? In the author’s opinion ‘the information they attempt to expose becomes an afterthought, if it isn’t overlooked entirely’ as media coverage is predominantly focused on ‘the curation of a public persona’ of the whistleblower, diverting much-needed attention away from evidence of illegal or improper conduct.