In this video, GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, along with GAP clients and whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney, gave a presentation about "Blowing the Whistle on Spying, Lying, and Illegalities in the Digital Era" at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany. The panel was part of an annual four-day conference that offers lectures and workshops on various topics, including information technology and the effects of technological advances on society.
Key Quote: In addition to sharing her own whistleblowing experience, [Radack] speaks about the role of technology helping whistleblowers. Technology helped her get emails from the Justice Department, which at the time was prosecuting Enron for destroying evidence and obstructing justice.
Financial Times: Experts Back Deutsche Whistleblowers
Accounting experts told the Financial Times that Deutsche Bank appears to have improperly accounted for billions of dollars of credit derivative trades by failing to adequately value the risk associated with credit derivatives. Their comments support Deutsche Bank whistleblowers, including GAP client Eric Ben-Artzi – who detailed shareholder fraud at Deutsche Bank earlier this month.
Key Quote: Charles Mulford, accounting professor at Georgia Tech business school, said: “I believe that the gap risk should have been adjusted to market value – consistent with the views of the former [Deutsche Bank] employees,” adding: “One cannot mark-to-market the upside but not the downside.”
Associated Press: Court Reduces Israeli Whistleblower's Sentence
A former Israeli soldier who passed on hundreds of classified military documents to a newspaper reporter received a year cut off her jail sentence of four-and-a-half years. Israel's Supreme Court reduced the sentence to three-and-a-half years after stating it was disproportionate to the four months of community service handed down to the reporter who received the documents.
Sarah Damian is New Media Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.