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Vote Now for the 2019 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  January 30, 2020

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.

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6 Replies to Vote Now for the 2019 Whistleblower of the Year

  • Wayne says:

    We nominate Supportive Residents & Carers Action Group Inc. Before Constantine Cannon San Francssco’s retail sector clients called the “711 Group” found out in Febr 2015 that transnational drug criminals and lawyers ran evidence tampering rackets that defrauded Mastercard’s lawyers Willkie Farr and affected antitrust cases, SCRAG gave the list of lawyers to the SEC’s Sean McKessy. The Organized Crime Task Force arrested the racket, uncovered egregious ethics, and proved to a foreign board of legal ethics regulators that they shouldn’t spy on covert operations because transnational criminals and bank lawyers really do run evidence rackets. The outcome was in the Federal Bar Association article “Lessons Learned from In Re American Express Steering Rules Litigation”. Mastercard and Visa wound up paying $6.2 Billion to retailers. Bloomberg’s headline was about a “$5.7 billion antitrust trainwreck”. Brave people who go to law enforcement should not be ‘spied upon’ by foreign legal ethics regulators that act for people linked to organized crime and criminal law defence lawyers. Covert agents could’ve been killed.

  • Spencer Murray says:

    We nominate the whistleblowers from around the world in the National Committee for Resolution 6021 based in Huntingon Beach California. The cases they reported to the SEC are “all coming true” like fines on international banks for knowingly allowing themselves to be used by (drum roll) Al Quada and pedophile trafficking rackets. You can bet the directors of Australia’s bank Westpac never dreamed they’d end up sued personally as defendants to a US class action for the Patriots Act US Sanction Laws and Securities Sharemarket Laws. There are more scandals “all coming true” to list here.

  • Kirk Boyd says:

    I’d add Ed Pierson to this list. He and Eric Havian did a terrific job uncovering a dangerous situation.

  • Stephen Jackson says:

    I nominate Stephen Jackson, a public works engineering technician who reported the butte county CA public works department for pumping then discharging 24million gallons of leachate contaminated storm water into a conservation easement and ultimately into the drinking water of local communities on ground water wells. Mr Jackson reported these pollution events and the subsequent cover up by local government officials and has worked tirelessly to hold the local officials accountable through state snd federal enforcement . He did this without any financial reward and in spite of it costing him his position as the engineering technician. He continues to fight the environmental fight against the same employer that discharged untold amounts of methane (greenhouse gases) for months, in violation of the clean air act and landfill permit requirements . Mr Jackson is a honorably retired military police investigator having served 24 years with the naval criminal investigative service.

  • Ellen S. says:

    The CIA whistleblower took quite a risk and showed courage when many around him/her didn’t.

  • Fran B. says:

    Greta Thunberg gets my vote. She encapsulates what it means to stand up against injustice no matter the cost of doing so or the power of the opposition. Please send us more Gretas!!

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