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Whistleblower

A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about alleged wrongdoing occurring in a government or governmental entity or a private or public corporation or an organization or agency that is expected, by the public at large, to be operating within the bounds of the law. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).

Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law.
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NSA Tracked Individuals' Locations in Project

NSA Tracked Individuals' Locations in Project | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

New York Times: In Test Project, NSA Tracked Cellphone Locations
Sen Wyden (D - Or)
In 2010 and 2011, the NSA conducted a data collection program that sought the location of Americans, apparently relying on information from cellphone towers. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed this at a Senate hearing yesterday, saying that the “data was not used for any other purpose” than to test the ability of its systems, adding that the NSA planned to notify Congress before any location data was collected. According to agency officials, the NSA never moved ahead with such a program. An agency official commented that it was uncertain how many Americans’ locational data was picked up as a result of the test project and whether that data exists within the grasp of the NSA today.

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All GMO approvals in Brazil are illegal, says whistleblowing regulator

All GMO approvals in Brazil are illegal, says whistleblowing regulator | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
All GMO approvals in Brazil are illegal, says whistleblowing regulator
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Ecuador's president Rafael Correa says helping NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a 'mistake'

Ecuador's president Rafael Correa says helping NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a 'mistake' | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has said the country is not considering Edward Snowden's request for asylum, saying that he was now Russia's responsibility.
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Gas, Gurudas, Moily and Reliance

Gas, Gurudas, Moily and Reliance | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
I do not trust mega corporations, but before you jump to any conclusion on my political leanings, let me assure you that I am not a 'commie'. But does that mean that I must accept, praise and defend everything that the mega corporations do?
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Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington

Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
The recent exposure of National Security Agency monitoring of Americans’ emails, live voice communications and stored data cast suspicion once again on private surveillance contractors linked to Israeli intelligence services.
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Edward Snowden comes forward as source of NSA leaks

A 29-year-old man who says he is a former undercover CIA employee said Sunday that he was the principal source of recent disclosures about ­top-secret National Security Agency programs, exposing himself to possible prosecution in an acknowledgment that had little if any precedent in the long history of U.S. intelligence leaks.

Edward Snowden, a tech specialist who has contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, unmasked himself as a source after a string of stories in The Washington Post and the Guardian that detailed previously unknown U.S. surveillance programs. He said he disclosed secret documents in response to what he described as the systematic surveillance of innocent citizens.

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Zynga whistleblower takes to Reddit following mass sacking to reveal its “terrible business strategy”

Zynga whistleblower takes to Reddit following mass sacking to reveal its “terrible business strategy” | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
A Zynga employee who was sacked with 520 others took to Reddit last night to answer questions on his former employer. The Reddit user's...
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S. Korean official predicted N. Korea urging embassy evacuations, said attack would follow

S. Korean official predicted N. Korea urging embassy evacuations, said attack would follow | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

North Korea urged a number of foreign embassies in Pyongyang to evacuate their staffs because the country would, according to the U.K.’s reading of the warning it received, “be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the country in the event of conflict from April 10.” In other words, North Korea is telling foreign diplomats, including that of nominally friendly Russia, “war might be coming, so you better skip town.”

North Korea is known for issuing threats it doesn’t see through and warning about wars that never come. Still, this move, potentially a first for North Korea, came as a big surprise.

But it wouldn’t have been so surprising if you’re a regular reader of the JoongAng Daily, a major South Korean broadsheet newspaper with a sizable readership and a reputation for leaning a touch to the right. Three weeks ago, JoongAng ran a story, citing a single, anonymous official with South Korean intelligence, predicting that this is exactly what would happen.

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Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Exposes Multi-Billion Dollar Securities Violations

Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Exposes Multi-Billion Dollar Securities Violations | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

Today, Labaton Sucharow LLP and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) announce their representation of a whistleblower who is alleging multi-billion dollar securities violations at Deutsche Bank, the Germany-based global investment bank. The alleged misconduct was first publicly disclosed in an article published by the Financial Timestoday. Dr. Eric Ben-Artzi is believed to be the first SEC whistleblower to share his story publicly.Ben-Artzi, a former Quantitative Risk Analyst at Deutsche Bank responded, "I never wanted or expected to be a whistleblower. I reported internally first and extensively, in accordance with bank policies and procedures. As the problem was not acknowledged or corrected, I felt compelled to inform the proper law enforcement authorities. Unfortunately, my family and I are paying a heavy price for doing the right thing."

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Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.
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Jill Kelley: David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Whistleblower

Jill Kelley: David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Whistleblower | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
Jill Kelley, 37, has been revealed as the mystery woman who exposed former CIA Director David Petraeus’ career-ending affair with Paula Broadwell.
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Thousands Protest Against Surveillance; Radack Relays Statement from Snowden: Daily Whistleblower News - Government Accountability Project

Thousands Protest Against Surveillance; Radack Relays Statement from Snowden: Daily Whistleblower News - Government Accountability Project | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
The Guardian: Thousands Gather in Washington for Anti-NSA 'Stop Watching Us' Rally Before thousands at the 'Stop Watching Us' rally on Saturday in
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Chemistry industry lobbyists are fighting regulations state by state

Chemistry industry lobbyists are fighting regulations state by state | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
The groups that have always sought to influence policy are following action back to states and cities.
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Bush & Cheney Knew About 9/11 Months Before It Happened Says Whistleblower Charged Under Patriot Act

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Spying on allies is 'not unusual': John Kerry hits back at claim US bugged 38 foreign embassies as Angela Merkel brands it 'unacceptable'

Spying on allies is 'not unusual': John Kerry hits back at claim US bugged 38 foreign embassies as Angela Merkel brands it 'unacceptable' | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
The extraordinary statement has angered leaders across the world after leaked documents revealed America 'targetted' 38 foreign missions and embassies including the European Union's Washington nerve centre.
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Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
Charles Arthur: Trying to analyse the amount of activity on Google+ in comparison to Facebook or Twitter yields little useful information - because it doesn't have the same purpose as them
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France orders inquiry into security at nuclear submarine base

France orders inquiry into security at nuclear submarine base | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it
France on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into security at a nuclear submarine base off its western coast following a report that the ultra-sensitive site could easily be targeted by terrorists.
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France, Britain confirm use of sarin gas in Syria

France, Britain confirm use of sarin gas in Syria | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

PARIS—France said Tuesday it has confirmed that the nerve gas sarin was used "multiple times and in a localized way" in Syria, including at least once by the regime. It was the most specific claim by any Western power about chemical weapons attacks in the 27-month-old conflict.

Britain later said that tests it conducted on samples taken from Syria also were positive for sarin.

The back-to-back announcements left many questions unanswered, highlighting the difficulties of confirming from a distance whether combatants in Syria have crossed the "red line" set by President Barack Obama. The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has refused to allow U.N. investigators into the country.

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CIA Whistleblower who revealed Torture is still in Jail; Torturers walk Free

Just a reminder that President Obama has not yet pardoned John Kiriakou, the CIA whistleblower who revealed the agency’s torture practices Kiriakou went to jail on February to serve 30 months.

Obama has also not punished anyone in the US government for extensive torture practices and has allowed evidence to be destroyed.

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Lance Armstrong: Whistleblower Emma O'Reilly on her astonishing time with sport's biggest drug cheat

Lance Armstrong: Whistleblower Emma O'Reilly on her astonishing time with sport's biggest drug cheat | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

She was like a sister to Tour de France hero Lance Armstrong.

At his side for two years, Emma O'Reilly became his closest confidante after landing her dream job with his cycling team.

From massaging his muscles, laundering his clothes, booking his hotels and even helping to conceal his drug cheating, Emma did everything Lance asked her so he could win.

But their close relationship was torn apart when she blew the whistle on her former boss - who then branded her a prostitute and alcoholic in a desperate bid to save himself.

Emma, who lives in Britain, endured a decade of hell from Armstrong whose bullying tactics included a £1million lawsuit.

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Seven Secrets Every Whistleblower Needs to Know

Seven Secrets Every Whistleblower Needs to Know | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

I was president and CEO of Olympus Corporation when the financial scandal broke last year, after I had exposed a massive fraud of approaching $2 billion which has subsequently become known as Japan’s Enron. Less than a month after I had been forced to leave the company, Olympus’s share price had dropped by a staggering 81.5% compared to the day before my dismissal. In monetary terms this represented a fall in market value of over $7 billion, and in witnessing the meltdown of this iconic Nikkei listed company the business world was aghast.

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US Afghan Commander sent thousands of emails to Petreaus whistleblower

US Afghan Commander sent thousands of emails to Petreaus whistleblower | The Whistleblower | Scoop.it

The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents - most of them e-mails - that contain "potentially inappropriate" communication between Allen and Jill Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman whose report of harassment by a person who turned out to be Petraeus's mistress ultimately led to Petraeus's downfall.

 

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Lance Armstrong and the US Post Office

Back in 2001, the United States Postal Service announced in its year end annual report, under a heading “building brand and reputation,” that its pro-cycling team, led by Lance Armstrong, delivered its third consecutive win at the world’s foremost cycling event, the Tour de France. A dozen years later, what looked like a good idea at the time for a government agency striving to compete with private mail delivery, has turned out to be a disaster. This week, amidst strong revelations of doping, Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour wins.

Interestingly, this blockbuster story about cheating in sports may turn into a tale of whistleblowing and bounties. A United States law, the Federal False Claims Act, provides bounties to individuals who blow the whistle on false statements or conduct that causes the expenditure of US government dollars. The Armstrong case may lead to an application of that law as his US Postal Service team was funded with United States government dollars. Documents show that in just three years, from 2001-2004, the agency spent $31.9 million sponsoring Armstrong's team.

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Greek Whistleblower/Journalist Risks Imprisonment : Indybay

Doing the right thing is risky. Greek magazine publisher Costas Vaxevanis faces charges of violating state privacy laws. Potentially he faces two years in prison.

Press freedom and whistleblowing should be inviolate. Not in today's corrupt money controlled world. More on this below.

A previous article discussed a recent Tax Justice Network (TJN) USA report. It estimates up to $32 trillion of hidden and stolen wealth stashed largely tax-free secretly.

"The Price of Offshore Revisited" reveals what super-rich elites want concealed. Governments let them avoid taxes. Societal costs are huge. Ill-gotten gains are free to make more of them. Only ordinary people pay what they owe. Many pay too much.

A vast offshore industry operates out of sight and mind. Only financial interests running it and wealthy tax avoiders know what's going on.

The benefit of getting rich is being able to break societal rules to get richer. When ordinary people try they're punished. When whisleblowers expose potential wrongdoing, prosecutors victimize them.

Under Obama, it's truer than ever in America. Greece operates the same way. On October 29, Reuters headlined "Greek editor stands trial over Swiss accounts list, saying:

Hot Doc magazine editor Vaxevanis was arrested for publishing the "Lagarde List." In 2010, French authorities gave it to Athens. At issue is investigating 2,059 wealthy Greeks with secret HSBC Swiss accounts.

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