Good point, min. And Ray is a good comparison, too.
If he hadn't had the ... moxie ... to bear the possible scourging from writing his viewpoints down and collecting together things that had already been discovered by others into a single place, then publish and promote it, how many would know the inner working of the org during those years? How many would know the problems at the core of the organization? How many would never have gotten a clue about the way the pieces fit together?
This is a similar thing. It isn't about whether we know it. It is about whether anyone else knows it. It is highly unlikely that any attorney without personal experience of loss due to the blood issue would ever have brought this argument together, despite everything being "already known."
But, like you said, min, whether or not someone sees it as big news they have to admit someone is TRYING. The woman spends hours and hours a week TRYING to find ways to approach this behemoth organization in a way the will injure it, change it, make it react. She didn't deserve the crap she's gotten. Neither did Kerry.