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Mr. Herve Falciani

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Former HSBC employee Herve ...
www.sunherald.com, 28 Jan 2016 [cached]
Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will
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Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will
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Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will "keep money local. Emilio Morenatti AP Photo Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will
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Former HSBC employee Herve Falciani pauses during a press conference in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Having unmasked some of the world's worst tax evaders, HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani is taking the next step in his crusade to root out financial corruption by designing a new way to spend money. With a worldwide wave of corruption probes sparked by his leaks ongoing, Falciani has teamed up with the Barcelona's anti-corruption group Xnet to design an alternative payment system that he says will "keep money local. Emilio Morenatti AP Photo
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Herve Falciani and the Xnet group said their peer-to-peer payment system would work like PayPal on a local basis within European cities for citizen payments to participating businesses and governments.
Falciani and Xnet said it will be nonprofit, with a pilot program in Italy starting in March. They said excluding online payment companies would mean savings for local consumers and businesses.
Following a worldwide wave of ongoing corruption probes sparked by his document leaks from the HSBC bank, Falciani said he next wants to prevent online payment companies from profiting so much and transform the transactions to "keep money local."
"There was a time for leaks, there was a time for politics, and now it is time for business," Falciani said at Xnet's grungy offices in downtown Barcelona.
Falciani, seen by Xnet and other activists as a crusader, was convicted in November by a Swiss court in absentia for economic espionage for leaking documents he acquired while working for HSBC from 2006-08.
It sentenced him to five years in prison, but it appears unlikely he will serve time because France doesn't extradite its own citizens. Falciani had already won a case in Spain when arrested on a Swiss warrant after Spanish authorities argued he was cooperating with several European governments in tax evasion and money-laundering investigations.
Falciani is working with Xnet and other activists groups around Europe to create the payment system inspired by experimental digital currencies like Bitcoin. But they said this service will be used to exchange any currency, and it would be focused on local businesses, endorsed by city governments, and open to audits by citizens.
"Each time we pay with a credit card we are charged 3-5 percent... so billions of euros reach hands that shouldn't have this money," Falciani said.
A 37-year-old computer security specialist ...
www.dehai.org, 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.
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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.
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Hervé Falciani: No.
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Hervé Falciani: Exactly. Exactly.
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Hervé Falciani: Friends, let's say, partners give-- gave me these datas.
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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.
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About six years ago, Falciani gave the French eight DVDs of encrypted data.
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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.
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Hervé Falciani: Of course not. She didn't know at the time.
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Hervé Falciani: Yeah.
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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.
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Hervé Falciani: Yeah, this is real.
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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.
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Hervé Falciani: I want it, of course.
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Hervé Falciani: But I knew that in Europe it was impossible.
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Hervé Falciani: Yeah, common profits.
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
www.assetsearchblog.com, 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
itsecurity.co.uk, 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.
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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.
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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.
Herve Falciani, the former HSBC ...
www.deccanherald.com, 27 Nov 2015 [cached]
Herve Falciani, the former HSBC employee whose disclosures uncorked the "Swissleaks" scandal on bank-supported tax evasion, was sentenced in absentia today to five years in prison, Switzerland's ATS news agency said.
Falciani, who worked as an IT specialist with HSBC, was convicted of industrial espionage by a federal court in the southern Swiss town of Bellinzona.
The 43-year-old French-Italian national refused to travel to Switzerland to appear at trial. Falciani can appeal his conviction at Switzerland's highest court, but he will not serve any prison time in the federation so long as he remains in France, which does not extradite its citizens.
The former HSBC employee leaked a cache of documents allegedly indicating the bank's Swiss private banking arm helped more than 120,000 clients hide 180.6 billion euros (USD 205.4 billion) from tax authorities.
Falciani has been celebrated as a whistleblower by some, but Swiss authorities claimed he was motivated by money, citing evidence that he wanted to sell the data he stole.
Falciani has denied that he was only seeking financial gain, insisting he had wanted to expose how banks support tax evasion and money laundering.
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