Unfortunately Pfc. Bradley Manning who is the solder that was found to leak hundreds of thousands of secret governmental documents got sentenced on Wednesday August 20, 2013 for a total of 35 years in prison in addition to his dishonorable discharge. Manning only 25 said he was disillusioned by an American foreign policy that was bent on “killing and capturing people” when the documents were released, including battlefield reports and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy site. Manning will have a tough sentence while in prison for standing for something he thought was not in line with his personal values. Individuals are met with these types of conflicts every single day in which they have to decide what to do. Making the choice to go against the U.S. Government in any facet is going to come with some consequences and in Manning's case extreme consequences.
This situation in relation to business is the same way. Some organizations punish their workers for standing against things they feel are wrong ethically or against their personal value system. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion and speaking to management or an HR representative about your concerns, but when your actions directly impact the company, that is dangerous ground. Employees have to understand that there are guidelines and company standards they have to follow just like the laws the U.S. Had in Manning's case. Be care when you standing for what you believe in if your actions go against company guidelines and standards.