Summary: An employee of Cisco, a networking and IT company, leaked a number of internal documents to a blogging site. The documents showed the major expense of Cisco upgrades, specifically for California State University, and the relative cheapness of networking gear built by a different company.
In response, a Cisco vice president has vowed to track down the whistleblower. The VP sent an angry memo after the leak, saying, “I will now make [finding the ‘leaker’] my ‘hobby.’ Ask around you will find out that I like to work on my hobbies.”
The blogger who received the documents believes the tipster was attempting to make Cisco better “by exposing the hubris and arrogance.”
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Summary: GAP International Program Officer Shelley Walden has written an article for Foreign Policy in Focus highlighting the problems at UN peacekeeping missions with protecting whistleblowers. Specifically, Walden talks about GAP's recent study, Tipping the Scales, that found significant issues with the treatment of whistleblowers at numerous peacekeeping missions.
For more information about the study, and to read the full findings, click here.
Summary: Over the weekend, news broke that a whistleblower informed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about the affair scandal surrounding CIA Director David Petraeus, one week before the White House learned about the controversy. Cantor gave the information to his chief of staff, who then passed along the information to the FBI. Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA last Friday.
Summary: Tonight, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage will be presented to three national security whistleblowers: NSA whistleblowers William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe, and CIA torture whistleblower John Kirikaou. All three are GAP clients.
Summary: A whistleblower from energy prices analysis firm ICIS Heren has alleged that Britain’s gas market is regularly manipulated by major energy companies, potentially benefitting those companies with millions of extra pounds. London’s Financial Services Authority has launched an investigation into these claims.
Summary: GAP's Food Integrity Campaign explains the significance of USDA whistleblower Phyllis McKelvey's ability to voice her concerns regarding the agency's poultry inspection plan. Her petition, which will be delivered to the USDA tomorrow morning, has received more than 175,000 signatures.
Summary: An Australian police whistleblower who alleged a police cover up of sex abuse by the Catholic Church says he feels vindicated by the Prime Minister’s announcement of a royal commission to investigate the child sex abuse.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.