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At Constantine Cannon, we believe that whistleblowers matter.  Whistleblowers are brave people who can’t stay silent.  They stand up for what is right, and they make a difference.   On this page, we share stories about the importance of whistleblowers, and about whistleblowers who inspire us.

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Whistleblower Spotlight – HSBC Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

Posted  02/19/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week’s “Whistleblower Spotlight” shines on HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani. Mr. Falciani blew the whistle in 2006 on HSBC Private Bank in Switzerland allegedly helping its wealthy customers avoid taxes and hide millions of dollars.  He has been on the run from Swiss authorities since 2008, after they accused him of stealing data and violating bank secrecy laws by...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Posted  02/13/15
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="287"] Photo Credit: BBC[/caption] By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" features John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer sent to jail in 2013 for disclosing details to the press about the agency's post-9/11 torture tactics. On Tuesday, after serving almost two years of a two-and-a-half year sentence, the government released him to serve...

Whistleblower Spotlight: FIFA Whistleblower Phaedra Almajid

Posted  12/18/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" shines on FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Almajid. Ms. Almajid worked in a senior communications role for FIFA and blew the whistle on bribery in the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. She claims she witnessed firsthand bribes made to the African FIFA executives Issa Hayatou, Jacques Anouma and Amos Adamu of $1.5 million each to vote...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- UNC Whistleblower Mary Willingham

Posted  12/11/14
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="262"] Photo Credit: ESPN[/caption] By Gordon Schnell This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Mary Willingham, the former academic adviser at the University of North Carolina who went public on what she sees as the university's major failings in educating its big money athletes. In a talk she gave last week at the Durham Sports Club (as reported in WRAL.com),...

Part Two of Our Interview with Robert MacLean, U.S. Air Marshal Whistleblower

Posted  11/20/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Last week we posted Part I of our interview with Robert MacLean, the whistleblowing Air Marshal who reported a potentially huge chink in the fence of America’s defense against a terrorist attack.  Here is Part II of that interview. Whistleblower Insider:  So when was the first time you went somewhere with your concerns? MacLean:  It was July of 2003.  That’s when...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Census Bureau Whistleblower Ivan Irizarry

Posted  11/13/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Ivan Irizarry, the lead scientist at the Census Bureau’s Demographic Statistical Methods Division.  He is the whistleblower who recently outed himself and his concerns over what he sees as the government's failure to take any action to address his reports of potential fraud at the Bureau.  In an interview reported in the New...

Part One of Our Interview with Robert MacLean, Whistleblower and Former U.S. Air Marshal

Posted  11/13/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Department of Homeland Security v MacLean.  It involves the appeal by the government of a circuit court decision finding that Robert MacLean, a former Air Marshal, may qualify as a whistleblower protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. In 2003, Mr. MacLean and other Air Marshals received...

Whistleblower Spotlight – Climate Change Whistleblower Rick Piltz

Posted  10/29/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on Rick Piltz, former climate policy analyst in the George W. Bush Administration.  He is the whistleblower who exposed a White House putting politics before science by distorting scientific findings on global warming.  His release of internal government documents showing a White House behaving badly led to the immediate ousting of...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- New York Fed Whistleblower Carmen Segarra

Posted  10/9/14
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="289"] Source: ProPublica[/caption] By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on former New York Federal Reserve Bank examiner Carmen Segarra. She is the individual the New York Fed fired in 2012 for refusing to back off her charges that Goldman Sachs was engaging in serious conflicts of interest. She also is the whistleblower who has...

Whistleblower Spotlight -- Marine Whistleblower Franz Gayl

Posted  10/1/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" falls on US Marine Corps civilian scientist and retired Marine Officer Franz Gayl.  He is the Marine Corps insider who in 2006 sounded the alarm on the military's failure to protect US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with appropriate armored vehicles.  While stationed in Iraq, he saw first-hand the casualties being suffered from roadside...

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