Whistleblowers aren't traitors if they stand up for what they believe in or for what is right. Edward Snowden thought his agency, the NSA, was overly spying on innocent Americans. A few people in the tobacco industry felt their companies were unfairly burdening smokers with deadly products. A few years later, the huge tobacco settlement came forth. Not all whistleblowers are bad.
I believe that whistle blowers are important in any free society when the goal is to inform the general public of a wrong doing. We need to encourage it, not punish it! It serves the greater public good. Our government is for the people and by the people, isn't it? The people have a right to know.