Yes they need protection. The government is the biggest, easiest agency to be ripped off. There are employees, managers, outside contractors that rip off the government everyday. So yes whistle blowers should be protected. Even if it happens to be a lonely employee or a supervisor that sees fault. Even if is a person like Snowden. It all needs to be cleaned up. Then the courts can rule if illegal or legal operations were going on. It is better to yell out than be quiet and get ripped off or folks not doing their job.