John Hnatio

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ResidenceMaryland,  USA
Member ofNational Security Whistleblowers Coalition
US nuclear whistleblower

Dr. John Hnatio worked with the U.S. Government conducting "counter-terrorism" assessments of special nuclear materials, nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons production and storage facilities worldwide. After a 30-year career, he retired from the federal service in 2004 and went into the private sector.


John Hnation noted "serious management failures that allowed security problems to go unresolved for decades. For refusing to concur on a misleading report to President Reagan downplaying serious security problems, Hnatio’s superiors threatened his security clearance and he was “back burnered,” no longer allowed to conduct inspections.

In the 1990’s, as a senior manager for a cooperative nonproliferation program with the former Soviet Union, Hnatio discovered that elements of the US government were funding dangerous projects involving the development of new biological pathogens with Russian institutes that could have military applications. For reporting his concerns to his superiors that such activities were violating US treaty obligations and export control laws Hnatio was forced to retire. "[1]

“Do not believe for one minute the FBI’s pretty little webpage declaring what a good job they are doing in fighting government corruption. In my job, I have been reporting U.S. government criminal conduct against small businesses to the FBI for many years. In every case, the FBI has simply turned a blind eye to the corruption whenever it involves another federal agency. The harsh political reality of the matter is that investigating corruption in the government has fallen to last place on the list of the FBI’s priorities.”
John Hnatio (2016)  [2]

Further career

Hnation then took a Ph.D. in risk management, which lead to him developing a patented new method for risk management, called predictive analytics. John founded a company called FoodQuestTQ, where his method would be used to keep the U.S. food supply safe. According to Hnatio (the matter is still being litigated), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole his intellectual property and copied his risk prevention software tools.[3][4]