Saturday, May 10, 2014

Corporate Whistleblowers: From Gaijin to Chief

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - ~ Uncle George [Orwell]

Christopher Joye on Keith Alexander unplugged:
The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review. The resulting 17,000-word transcript and accompanying article form a model of uncritical stenography journalism, but Alexander clearly chose to do this because he is angry, resentful, and feeling unfairly treated

Whistleblowers can be difficult people and starkly uncomfortable colleagues. They may act from a number of motives, not all of them noble ...

Michael Woodford champions a move to protect those who expose corporate wrongs.
He was the first gaijin ''salaryman'' who rose through the ranks to become the chief executive of a major Japanese company.
Now he has thrown his weight behind a push to improve corporate governance, not just in Japan or elsewhere in north Asia, where he has first-hand experience of the problems, but more broadly by seeking more support for whistleblowers, and also for more women directors to help change corporate cultures. But within a matter of months he was out the door - and then he blew the whistle on almost $US2 billion in corporate malfeasance. Sunlight is corporate disinfectant;

Latest evidence presented to the PAC by current HMRC chief executive, Lin Homer, shows that the HMRC rode roughshod over the Public Interest Disclosure Act and instead used RIPA legislation to obtain Mba’s belongings, details of his emails, Internet search records and phone records including those of his then wife. The legislation was used after initial searches by investigators into Mba’s computer hard drive and email traffic had revealed no apparent link to the leak UK Power over the Powerless

The potential rewards of exposing corporate wrongdoing have ballooned in America, where whistleblowers can now claim up to 30% of fines imposed. Bent executives can be forgiven for feeling that the only insider they can trust not to spill the beans is the company lawyer, bound as he is by strict ethics rules and the principle of “attorney-client privilege” Corporate whistlebolowers

It is little wonder that it was an Australian, Julian Assange, who set up the world's first secrecy leaking website, WikiLeaks. And it should be equally unsurprising that the world's greatest whistleblower is a US citizen, Edward Snowden.
The terms whistleblower and leaker are mistakenly used interchangeably. The difference is both large and instructive. The whistleblower makes a public stand. The leaker remains anonymous The silence of those lambs Leaks & whistleblowing in Australia