On a grey, wet August day……….

Hello reader,

We took a stroll down to WikiLeaks  ( The Sunshine Press)  with our umbrella.  It’s a whistleblowers web site which publishes “suppressed information”. You must have seen this by now as there’s been some serious press relating to Afganistan, although I have been watching this web site for a while now with interest, especially when they ran out of money.  It’s good to see them back again.

WikiLeaks says:

“ Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years ”
—  The National, November 19. 2009

http://wikileaks.org/

But they ran out of funds and had to take themselves offline for a while. All is not lost though as they have raised the funding to rebuild their services, and they are back up and running!  Now – I wonder if that is where Private Eye get some of their fabulous scoops from………because WikiLeaks also say:

“We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.” Check out their latest leaks.

The BBC covered WikiLeaks in a recent article here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8490867.stm

Consider whether whistleblowing is ethical. Is the whistleblower disloyal to its company or should the public be told about what is going on behind closed doors? Does it affect or harm the public in any way by them (the public) having or not having the information? If, as the BBC say, WikiLeaks publishes data that journalists would not be allowed to use  even if they wanted to, isn’t it in our interest to be told, if it is that sensitive? I personally, would rather know – but then I am of the inquisitive persuasion, after all. A Newsnight Report on the BBC last February (2010) raised the issue of what our journalists should or shouldn’t be allowed to report. What can they report, and why shouldn’t they? The criminally convicted are normally exposed by the media if it is a serious enough offence.  Normally………..but what happens if you don’t tell your company you have managed to obtain the accolade of a Criminal Record whilst you are employed by them? Consider what you would deem serious enough in your own estimation. I would be interested to hear your views.

http://www.kroll.com/about/library/fraud/ Take a look at this: The Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report 2010 is available from this hyperlink. There are also historical Fraud Reports and the reports on the Satyam Fraud (India), Ponzi Schemes, the economic crisis and more, all freely available in 8 different languages.

I’ll be back soon. Feel free to pass this on.


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