a person who reveals damaging confidential information
   The position of a referee, who stops the game when he detects foul play:
    But the marginalizing of local government, and giving powers and public funds to unelected, unaccountable quangos (with rules that punish 'whistleblowers')... {Daûy Telegraph, 5 February 1994)
   See also blow the whistle on.

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