Where did you hear that nonsense? The only thing Mary Schweitzer was in danger of losing was her grant money, so she published her data a bit earlier than she wanted to. This isn't too unusual in the scientific field (the unspoken rule is "publish or die"), and in her follow-up reports, she went into all the detail she needed to.
Also the fact that if you come up with results that go against established norms,you are under threat from interest groups who are usually your bosses or control the funds for your work.
It's like directly countering how your boss is doing buisness and expecting your boss to take it without a fight or serious consequences on your carreer.