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Top Swiss court acquits banking whistleblower Rudolf Elmer

Switzerland’s Federal High Court today confirmed a lower court ruling, finding that Rudolf Elmer did not violate Swiss banking secrecy laws when he revealed information about offshore banking tax avoidance schemes. Breaking bank secrecy is a criminal matter in Switzerland that carries a penalty of up to three years in jail. [Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today.]

The SEC Wants More Whistleblowers

                    By Will Atkinson $22,437,800. That’s the compensation recently awarded to a whistleblower for alerting the SEC to fraudulent financial practices at agrochemical and agricultural biotech company Monsanto. The whistleblower award was part of the $80 million penalty the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission levied against…

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NYPD whistleblower settles claim against hospital

A New York City police officer has settled his complaint against a hospital that held him against his will in a psychiatric ward. The officer, Adrian Schoolcraft, claimed bosses ordered him arrested on and hospitalized in retaliation for his whistleblowing disclosure of arrest quotas and manipulation of crime statistics. Schoolcraft previously settled claims against the New…

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Internal whistleblowing failed to stop torture, notes Edward Snowden

[Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today] Edward Snowden told attendees at an Paris conference that he was “deeply saddened and to a great extent angered” by what he read in the US Senate report on CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects. The conference, sponsored by Amnesty International, was held Wednesday, Human Rights Day.