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iam: Investigation of WIPO Director General Francis Gurry Stalled.

April 27, 2015

At the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part of Francis Gurry, the Director General, remains stalled.

Read the full story here.

Jim, Pooley, the former Deputy Director General, who originally made the allegations to be investigated, has written to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for the attention of the State Department to this issue.

 

VICE News: Petraeus Gets Wrist Slap for Sharing CIA Intel as Other Leakers Face Harsh Sentences

April 24, 2015

This a great article in Vice News By: Liz Fields

"What kind of retaliation would you expect to receive from the US government if you handed over state secrets to the media or public? Half a lifetime in prison? Being branded a traitor and charged with espionage? A fine and a slap on the wrist?

'100 percent vindication': Ladera Ranch air marshal fired for whistleblowing wins another ruling

April 16, 2015

"After eight tortured years, vindication inches ever closer for Robert MacLean, fired federal air marshal.

On Tuesday, an administrative judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security 'to show cause why I should not find that (MacLean) has proven his affirmative defense of whistleblowing,' and gave the DHS 14 days to do just that.

MacLean, of Ladera Ranch, is delighted.

100 Reporters – Freedom of Information: World Bank Lags Behind Many Member States

March 13, 2015

In a recent article by the news outlet 100Reporters, it was noted that email communications from a high-powered official with “immense influence in public policy decision around the world” would not be made public.

And they weren’t talking about Hillary Clinton…

Rolling Stone: A Whistleblower's Horror Story

February 19, 2015

This article is another must read...

Years after blowing the whistle on Countrywide, a firm so bogged down with evidence of fraud that finding it was, “like finding a haystack on a pile of needles…Impossible to miss,” Michael Winston is mired in court battles and fighting for his life. All for exposing practices that some say nearly lead to a global financial meltdown.

Deutsche Welle: Q&A with Richard Bowen

January 16, 2015

Listen to this interview with GAP client and former Citigroup executive Richard Bowen, who faced retaliation after raising concerns that roughly 60 percent of prime mortgages were defective, as well as Citigroup’s practice of lowering its standards for subprime mortgage pools.

100 Reporters: United Nations in Haiti – When Peacekeepers Turn Predators

January 12, 2015

GAP Executive Director Bea Edwards is quoted in this thorough piece about allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeeping officers in Haiti, and a whistleblower who alleges retaliation for reporting it.

Read the full story here.

 

Transparency International: TI Condemns Arrest of Anti-Corruption Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

December 09, 2014

Transparency International is deeply concerned by the arrest and the charges brought by a court in Azerbaijan against Khadija Ismayilova (XadicaIsmayil), a journalist and human rights defender who specialises in reporting on corruption, and calls for her immediate release.

Ismayilova was arrested after months of harassment and sentenced to two months pre-trial detention on the charge of "inciting a man to take his life". If convicted, she faces up to seven years in jail.

Washington Examiner: Bad things happen to whistleblowers when watchdogs become attack dogs

December 03, 2014

By MARK FLATTEN

Terrance Peterson was trained in the military to report wrongdoing, regardless of the consequences.

That code of integrity did not serve him well after he reported wrongdoing to the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general.

In January 2013, Peterson complained to the IG about unsanitary conditions at the Wilmington, Del., VA hospital where he worked. He had filed previous complaints that veterans faced needless delays in getting care.

Washington Examiner: IGs form front line of war on waste and fraud, but weak links remain

December 01, 2014

By MARK FLATTEN

Allegations against top officials at the State Department were devastating and had to be suppressed, so the agency’s inspector general quickly obliged, delivering what amounted to a cover-up of a cover-up.

What happened at the State Department is not unusual, recent disclosures show.

Inspectors general are supposed to be the independent watchdogs within federal departments and agencies, exposing waste and corruption while protecting the whistleblowers who raise charges of wrongdoing and inefficiency.

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