Speaking Point: 1) Facing Espionage Act violations (potential indictment) in the United States and sex crimes allegations in Sweden, Julian Assange has reportedly hired the London based law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, LLP to represent (protect) him.
Speaking Point: 2) Is the manhunt for Assange an act of persecution or prosecution? I think it is a little of both.
Speaking Point: 3) Considering several political powers are calling for his head, maybe he should stay in hiding to avoid the CIA and other spy agencies who have “assets” to “neutralize” him.
Speaking Point: 4) “I Just Can’t Quit You” -“From Russia with Love” to Italy, this Putin -Berlusconi “Bromance” thing may have the Hollywood studios heating up!
Speaking Point: 5) Upon the latest WikiLeaks scandal, Congress is finally set to pass legislation to enable government employees to report fraud, corruption, waste and mismanagement instead of releasing information on Wikileaks.
Speaking Point: 6) Whoever leaked the alleged Bank of America fraud to WikiLeaks (reportedly scheduled to be released in early 2011) may have blown a potential windfall as a whistleblower. Ever heard of the SEC new whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act?
Speaking Point: 7) Generally, in the U.S., whistleblowers may seek legal protection under the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the various State enacted whistleblower statutes. Unlike WikiLeaks, the FCA is a legal channel enacted in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln that enables people to expose fraud and corruption against the U.S. Government (amended in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan).
Speaking Point: 8) Generally, under the FCA, a relator (“whistleblower”) may receive 15% - 25% of the settlement amount. Currently, the alleged whistleblowers’ share of 2010 recoveries is $385 million.