Thursday, July 09, 2020

"I will be fine for telling the truth": The bullying of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

In his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on 19 November 2019, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman pointed out that, if he were in Russia, "offering public testimony involving the President would surely cost me my life". Then he reassured his father: "I will be fine for telling the truth." But yesterday, after "a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation" (as his attorney said in a statement), Lt. Col. Vindman retired from the military while under consideration for promotion. His testimony may not have cost him his life, but it has cost him his career – just as it has not cost the President his position, despite the damning evidence that Vindman provided. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 9 July)



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