Vote Now for the 2019 Whistleblower of the Year
Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2019 Whistleblower of the Year. As in past years, we are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. You can choose among the candidates listed below, or identify your own candidate. And please add in the comments section why your candidate is deserving of the honor. Voting will continue through the end of February with results of your top selections to be announced shortly thereafter. Thanks for voting!
Opioid Whistleblowers — They came forward with information sparking the government to pursue fraud charges against and secure blockbuster settlements from two of the largest opioid makers in the country — Reckitt Benckiser Group paying $1.4B and Insys Therapeutics paying $225M to resolve criminal and civil charges. They also helped the government, through their filing of qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, take a big step forward in redressing this latest health care scourge plaguing so much of the country. Learn more about the Reckitt and Insys settlements here and here.
Anonymous CIA Whistleblower on Ukraine — He or she laid the groundwork for what has become the biggest threat to date for the Trump presidency and powerfully demonstrated the impact even a single individual can have in attempting to speak truth to power. Learn more about what this whistleblower disclosed here.
Shuping Wang (posthumously) — She exposed HIV and hepatitis epidemics in central China in the 1990s, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives. She died this year at the age of 59 but her legacy lives on through a play inspired by her life story called “The King of Hell’s Palace,” which premiered at London’s Hampstead Theatre this past September. Learn more about Dr. Wang here.
Edward “Ted” Siedle — He received the largest whistleblower awards to date under both the SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs for reporting on JP Morgan’s failure to disclose to wealthy clients that it was steering them to investments profitable to the bank. He also boldly stepped out from behind the curtain of confidentiality the SEC and CFTC provide whistleblowers to proudly reveal his courageous exploits and encourage others to follow suit. Learn more about Mr. Siedle here.
Greta Thunberg — She is the Swedish teenager who galvanized the world with her outspoken plea to fix this ailing planet. She has received numerous honors and awards for her environmental activism, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and being the youngest individual named Time Person of the Year. She also provides a most striking example that you are never too young to stand up and be heard. Learn more about Ms. Thunberg here.