“The only one who suffered consequences was me.” In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner talks with James Wasserstrom, often hailed as the first UN whistleblower. Wasserstrom worked for the UN for 28 years and in this episode, he talks about being sent to Kosovo as Chief of Logistics and discovering corruption in the country’s public utilities. Wasserstrom discusses his role in cleaning up the organization and then describes his unbelievable story of blowing the whistle…a story that includes being arrested and taken to the capital of Kosovo by armed escort.
He tells Turner about the retaliation he suffered and the personal toll whistleblowing took on him. Wasserstrom comments on the nature of whistleblowing at the UN and how it’s changed since he blew the whistle. Finally, Turner asks Wasserstrom what he’s up to nowadays, and he talks about the Integrity Fellowship and Sanctuary project. Don’t miss this engaging episode!