Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning (L) is serving 35 years for disclosing egregious war crimes. Edward Snowden (C) is in hiding for disclosing illegal and treasonous acts on the US population, and Antoine Deltour (R) awaits his fate.
Antoine Deltour, an accountant, decided to do the right thing. He downloaded 28,000 documents from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg that detailed strategies exploited by multinationals. He exposed a global tax rort worth trillions – which included a paltry $31 billion in Australia. But now the 29-year-old accountant and father-to-be is potentially faces five years jail. (VIDEO)
Deltour has been charged with a string of serious offences including theft and violating Luxembourg’s secrecy laws – but in 2014 more than 70 public figures signed a letter criticising Luxembourg’s decision to prosecute him.
“…according to Luxembourg’s finance minister, the 29-year-old accountant is responsible for “the worst attack Luxembourg has experienced in its history”. That’s a stunning claim when you consider it comes from a country once occupied by the nazis. “I don’t think I’m as bad as nazis,” Mr Deltour says. (Yahoo report)
This (Luxleaks scandal) highlights the relationship between the state and corporate industry. It is all about SECRECY. And secrecy leads to advantage.
The law does not necessarily favour disclosure of information that is in the public interest. These legal cases persuade everyone that whistle-blowing is hazardous to your health.
What is disturbing is that society has come to accept punishing people for trying to do the right thing. We have been brainwashed into believing this whistle-blower bashing is normal and good for society.