This Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article that details Bradley Birkenfeld’s actions as a whistleblower, and how those actions landed him in federal prison. The article discusses the contradictory messages sent to potential whistleblowers by the U.S. government:
Birkenfeld’s story turned into a cautionary tale for would-be informants and a test of the U.S. government’s attitude toward them. Should people who come forward with inside knowledge of a crime be rewarded, punished — or both? Can the government simultaneously woo such whistleblowers with financial enticements and threaten them with incarceration?
Click here to read the full article.
As you know, Mr. Birkenfeld filed his official clemency petition on tax day. If you have not done so already, we urge you to take action now and send a letter in support of Mr. Birkenfeld’s clemency campaign. We also urge you to pass this message on to your friends, family, and anyone else who might be interested in this cause.
*Meryl Grenadier (NWC Fellow) drafted this post.