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CIA whistleblower worried for safety amid Trump-fueled attacks and $50K ‘bounty’ — NOT under federal protection

2019-10-01

The intelligence whistleblower whose complaint has rocked the White House is concerned for his safety amid a flurry of attacks by President Trump and a $50,000 price on his head, but is not asking for federal protection, his lawyer said.

Andrew Bakaj, a lawyer for the so-far unidentified whistleblower, wrote a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire warning that the whistleblower could be put in "harm’s way” should his identity be disclosed.

The lawyer quoted Trump’s reported statements that the whistleblower is a “spy” who should be harshly punished and demanding to know his identity in defiance of federal law that bars any retaliation against those who file whistleblower complaints.

The letter also cites reports circulating on right-wing social media sites that Trump supporters have offered a $50,000 reward for the identity of the whistleblower.

“We expect this situation to worsen for our client and any other whistleblowers as the investigation continues,” wrote Bakaj, of the Compass Rose Legal Group. The firm did not immediately return calls for comment.

After the letter surfaced, CBS News reported on “60 Minutes” that the whistleblower had been placed under federal protection. The lawyer for the whistleblower denied that report, although "60 Minutes” said it stands by its reporting.