Whistleblowers – the new countercultural heroes

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The Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour. Let's not forget the others either

The Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour. Let’s not forget the others

From Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone magazine:

“This is the age of the whistleblower. From Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden to the latest cloak-and-dagger lifter of files, ex-HSBC employee Hervé Falciani, whistleblowers are becoming to this decade what rock stars were to the Sixties — pop culture icons, global countercultural heroes.”

Among other things, it’s time to start treating jailed whistleblowers as prisoners of conscience.

We should exempt people blowing the whistle in the public interest from extradition procedures originally created to crack down on Mafia money, terrorist financing, and that kind of thing (update: see our co-signed letter on this, here.)

And much more.


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About The Author

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist and writer on the staff of Tax Justice Network. He is author of the book Poisoned Wells about the oil industry in Africa, published in 2007, and the more recent Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the Men who Stole the World, published by Random House in January 2011. He lives in Berlin
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