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Sarah was a highly skilled intelligence analyst working for the US Department of Defense. Her job was to analyse data and provide intelligence reports to the Pentagon on various security threats around the world. One day, she stumbled upon a piece of classified information that shocked her to the core. The report contained evidence of a covert US military operation in a foreign country that violated international law and could potentially harm innocent civilians.

Topic: Case Study

7. Sarah was a highly skilled intelligence analyst working for the US Department of Defense. Her job was to analyse data and provide intelligence reports to the Pentagon on various security threats around the world. One day, she stumbled upon a piece of classified information that shocked her to the core. The report contained evidence of a covert US military operation in a foreign country that violated international law and could potentially harm innocent civilians.

Sarah was torn between her duty to report the information to her superiors and her conscience. She knew that by revealing this information, she would be violating her oath to protect classified information and could face severe legal consequences. On the other hand, she couldn’t ignore the ethical dilemma of supporting a military operation that went against international laws and put innocent lives at risk.

After much deliberation, Sarah decided to report the information to her supervisor, who promised to investigate the matter. However, things took a turn for the worse when the information was leaked to the media, and Sarah was accused of being a whistleblower.

The leak caused a significant international uproar, with other countries demanding an explanation from the US government. Sarah was vilified in the media and faced severe legal charges for violating national security laws. She felt betrayed by her own government, who had promised to protect her anonymity and ensure her safety.

    1. Mention ethical dilemmas that intelligence analysts and security personnel face every day.
    2. What is importance of upholding ethics in international relations and the consequences of violating them?
    3. If you were in the position of Sarah, how differently would you have handled the above situation?

(250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Case Study Fridays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.