By now, the arrest of a former Petrosaudi official, Savior Andre Justo in Thailand for attempting to blackmail Petrosaudi for 2.5 million Swiss Franc (equivalent to RM10 million) with stolen confidential information is all over the social media and blogs.
Bigdog here has the NST news and analysis. Rocky Bru here highlighted "after the blackmail, various emails and documents appeared on a politically-motivated blog Sarawak Report, sparking a wave of allegations against 1MDB." Also highlighted was Petrosaudi apologise for a regretable crime by one of its ex-employee that was politicised in Malaysia and caused much harm to the people of Malaysia.
At this stage, we wonder will there still be desperate blokes trying hard to make the public believe to information supplied by criminal blackmailer and extortionist?
Updated 2:00 PM
There is one above as retweeted by journalist Firdaus Abdullah or blogger Apanama. If the tweeterer had read the NST report, he would have found the following:
It has now been learnt that some of the emails and documents published on the blog were found to be tampered with, bringing into question the veracity of these allegations.The report elaborated further:
An expert from PGI said: “Our investigation is still ongoing, but it is clear that we are looking at a case of large-scale data theft, and our analysis substantiates that Justo is the source of the data published on Sarawak Report.
“For example, when we looked into a PowerPoint file that was on one of the Sarawak Report’s blogs, we found evidence in the metadata of that file that it had been handled by a certain “xavierj” in 2013; two years after Justo left PetroSaudi, and four years after the file had originally been created by a law firm that advised PetroSaudi.
“It is also clear that the stolen data sets are incomplete, and underwent an editing process after they were removed from PetroSaudi’s systems, and before they were published on the Internet. There are many inconsistencies between the published data and the data which still exists on files within PetroSaudi relating to that period of time. Simply put, it is incomplete data, creatively selected and edited to fit a desired narrative.An important was made in the Rakyat Post below:
This means that Sarawak Report had used false data to undermine a state-owned company and put the Malaysian economy in disrepute. It is liken to having a colonialist attacked an institution of the state. But, many Malaysians defended her action.This could mean the authorities might investigate media outlets that published stories citing the Sarawak Report for being an accomplice to blackmail and fraud or even if these outlets profited from the fall of 1MDB bonds and the Malaysian stock due to negative reports stemming from unverified sources.Sources close to 1MDB told The Rakyat Post the media outlets which published news based on The Sarawak Report were now responsible for the economic sabotage inflicted on the country.
The first media that comes to mind will be The Edge. In the previous issue, they had issued the following challenge:
With this revelation, will The Edge still standby their allegations and dare to defend their case in court?
With the help of Taek Jho Loh and 1MDB, anonymous bloggers can make quite a few bucks but it has to be those financially affected by the allegations made by The Edge based on the alleged stolen documents.
On February 12, 2015, Sarawak Report made a report to claim that they were made known by staff within 1MDB that all computers and records in 1MDB had wiped out. Now it is known that it is a lie and mere cover for their slander using stolen and tampered information [read here].
The talk of information leak was told to us before the report came out but no details could be provided.
Just few weekends ago at a meeting point outside the city, one high official in government shared a rumour that 5 sets of leak documents being passed around. He was confident one set was given to Sarawak Report, another The Edge, and few individuals.
The believe that they had in hand genuine documents may have misled some to disbelieve clarifying statements made by 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda.
The response to the 13 factual errors pointed out was to ask for evidential documents, which is not the practise in neither public nor private companies but except to authorities or statutory audits or direct stakeholders. Some were trying to dispute by a play of words on the different news reports. And, some tried to divert from the factual correction by raising indirect non- related issues.
Sarawak Report response had been one of regret but stubborness and desperation. They are seeking for the help of the Swiss Embassy in Bern and preempting to accuse the Petrosaudi of revenge and harassment towards the held up swiss national [read here].
There will still be recalcitrant ones but hopefully those that have been making unfounded allegations based on a stolen and tampered information would own up and apologise. The month of ramadhan is the month of forgiving.
Those still in disbelieve could go to this Thai website here for further affirmation.
As for Tun Mahathir, the conclusion in his latest blog posting seemed like his old crytic ways to admit to something:
The magazine Foreign Affairs seems to admit that Malaysia’s affirmative action has merit. Like the reversal of the opinion on Malaysia’s fixed exchange rate policy, there now seem to be a reversal of condemnation of our affirmative action, at least by the Foreign Affairs magazine. Other foreign media simply copy the biased reports made a long time ago without trying to investigate the realities regarding Malaysia’s management of race relations and development of its economy.And, we like to believe that he was aware of the Thai arrest before it became news. He may have realised the so-called documents in his possession are questionable.
Another consideration for all to be mindful off.
Be it Sarawak Report or The Edge or even Tun Dr Mahathir, it would not look good to answer in court that the proof-in-hand to their allegations are documents provided by a blackmailer and extortionist.
Update: 2:00 PM
It has come to our attention that former DAP member, Tan Tuan Tat will be making a police report against The Edge at 2:30 PM today at the IPD Sepang, Salah Tinggi.
One could expect the police report will be to demand The Edge to be responsible for using tampered material to undermine national interest and slander state owned company, 1MDB.
The authority should begin criminal investigation against The Edge for blackmail and fraud. Their e-mails, phone record and information should be seized for purpose of investigation.
The Malaysian public and other authorities should come forward to assist if they were aware of any criminal activities done.
The Malaysian authorities should assist to hand-over individuals in Malaysia to Thai authorities who are the lead investigators as the offense was committed in Thailand.
The Home Ministry should consider suspending the Edge immediately for irresponsible journalism that had damaged the reputation of country.
The authorities must not be soft and should be firm against The Edge to stop the unethical and now criminal act of using unverified source of reporting.
It is time journalist revert back to the journalistic practise to state their source and ensure the information are verified before reporting.