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Mr. Herve Falciani

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On Monday 14, director Ben Lewis ..., 20 Sept 2015 [cached]
On Monday 14, director Ben Lewis will give a ScreenTalk following the screening of his latest documentary Falciani's Tax Bomb (2015) which follows the 'Edward Snowden of the banking world', Hervé Falciani, who released highly sensitive data from HSBC, leading to a tax evasion scandal on a gigantic scale.
In 2008, the former HSBC banker Hervé Falciani left Switzerland for France, under police suspicion of collecting sensitive data from thousands of clients. It's one of the biggest banking scandals in history.
A 37-year-old computer security specialist ..., 9 Feb 2015 [cached]
A 37-year-old computer security specialist named Hervé Falciani stole the huge cache of data in 2007 and gave it to the French government.
None of this would have surfaced had it not been for this man: Hervé Falciani, an HSBC computer security specialist at the Geneva, Switzerland, branch. He stole the data in 2007. He likes that he's been called the Edward Snowden of Swiss banking. Now a fugitive living in France, he says he grew disillusioned with what he saw at HSBC and began to download "proof" of illegal tax evasion: those internal bank files.
Hervé Falciani: No.
Hervé Falciani: Exactly. Exactly.
Hervé Falciani: Friends, let's say, partners give-- gave me these datas.
Hervé Falciani: Of course. I am not the only person in banking system that wants to raise alarm.
But Swiss authorities say Falciani acted alone. When they came looking for him, he fled to France and turned over his files to French authorities.
About six years ago, Falciani gave the French eight DVDs of encrypted data.
As for Hervé Falciani, he's still a wanted man. In December, Swiss authorities charged him with industrial espionage. He says he's a whistleblower. The Swiss say he's a thief. His ex-girlfriend considers him a conman. When Falciani first took the files, she traveled with him to Beirut. She told a British filmmaker he had hoped to sell the data and make millions.
She says she discovered he was a liar and a manipulator. Falciani says he shopped the files around Beirut, hoping to set off alarms and trigger an investigation back in Switzerland. But, as we learned after spending time with Falciani, the truth can be illusive.
Hervé Falciani: Of course not. She didn't know at the time.
Hervé Falciani: Yeah.
Hervé Falciani: Excuse me. Who is not manipulating? Manipulating just the way to proceed, to convince that what you're doing is important. Is nothing more than that. Everyone is manipulating.
Falciani did trigger an international alert for his arrest. He became a man on the run. Over the next four years, his strange saga became absolutely bizarre. He says there were attempts on his life and that he was kidnapped by Israeli Mossad intelligence agents, things we could not substantiate.
What we know for sure is that he ended up in a Spanish jail for five months, fighting extradition, and made court appearances wearing disguises, saying he feared for his life.
Hervé Falciani: Yeah, this is real.
Hervé Falciani: (laugh) Yeah. But I can assure you I was not prepared for that.
Today, he's a hero in parts of Europe for helping recover billions in unpaid taxes. He says he hasn't profited from any of this and has been reduced to collecting unemployment.
Hervé Falciani: I want it, of course.
Hervé Falciani: But I knew that in Europe it was impossible.
Hervé Falciani: Yeah, common profits.
When the interview with Falciani was over, the man responsible for the biggest breach and leak in Swiss banking history left the way he'd arrived at our meeting...through the streets of Paris on his scooter.
The files at the foundation of the Swiss Leaks articles and this interactive application are based on data secreted away by Hervé Falciani, a former HSBC employee-turned-whistleblower. He turned the data over to the French government in 2008 and its tax authority launched an investigation, ICIJ said in a note on its website.
The files at the foundation of the Swiss Leaks articles and this interactive application are based on data secreted away by Hervé Falciani, a former HSBC employee-turned-whistleblower. He turned the data over to the French government in 2008 and its tax authority launched an investigation, ICIJ said in a note on its website.
The International Consortium ..., 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' Swiss Leaks project, ("the Project"), arises out of whistleblower tips from Mr. Hervé Falciani who worked as a software technician at HSBC in Geneva. During 2008, Mr. Falciani reportedly supplied the French government with the Swiss bank account information of more than 100,000 HSBC customers from over 200 countries.
HSBC IT Security: No Sale - ITsecurityITsecurity, 10 July 2014 [cached]
French police obtained the encrypted files after raiding former HSBC computer specialist Herve Falciani's home in France back in January 2009.
At least there's no real need for an HSBC spokesman to point the finger this time: it's pretty obvious that this is all Herve Falciani's fault.
Falciani says the data has also provided leads for ongoing investigations of corruption, money laundering, and terrorist financing. The Geneva bank provided an "open door" for such illicit activity, Falciani told a Spanish court earlier this year.
Documents leaked by whistleblower ..., 9 Feb 2015 [cached]
Documents leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, who worked for HSBC, show how a Swiss division of the U.K.-headquartered bank routinely allowed clients to withdraw bricks of cash, often in foreign currencies of little use in Switzerland; aggressively marketed schemes likely to enable wealthy clients to avoid European and U.S. taxes; colluded with some clients to conceal undeclared "black" accounts from their domestic tax authorities; and provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen, and other high-risk individuals.
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