OVERVIEW: #GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: We were very scared

2018-08-15 15:39

Two of the #GuptaLeaks whistleblowers open up from a secret location on what drove them to helping to leak tens of thousands of emails that lifted the veil on the inner workings of the Gupta family's empire and state capture.

Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta

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15 Aug 16:41
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: To be honest, there was a time in the past where I said to myself that I would never do this again. But there are many people who would not do what we have done. We wanted to play a role and provide information

15 Aug 16:41
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: Family was resistant to moving. There was nothing else I could do for their safety, but they have to leave. They did not like it at all, and they still don't like it at all

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#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: We are happy that we found a way to get our information to Daily Maverick and AmaBhungane. They have treated us very well. I would say if anyone has any more information, these are the guys to go to

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#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: I don't think I could be said that the former president was in our minds at the time. If he had to leave early because of it, that's fine. We are just regular South Africans

15 Aug 16:33
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: It was not done with any political objective in mind, because we are not political in any way whatsoever

15 Aug 16:31
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: We are just regular South Africans

15 Aug 16:30
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: We did it for the interests of the community to discover between the right and the wrong

15 Aug 16:29
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: Right now is not the right time to describe how the information we had originated. But we have advice that what we did was above board, legal and proper. That is how we decided that it was the right thing to do to release this information.

15 Aug 16:29
#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: We were told that it was in the public interest and that the nation needed to know this. We are very happy that we did this.

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#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers: Doing us harm has always been at the back of our minds

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We would like to remain anonymous for now, says two whistleblowers speaking to Stefaans Brümmer.

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The #GuptaLeaks whistleblowers will be appearing via video and their voices have been changed.

15 Aug 16:21
Who are the people who gave us the #GuptaLeaks? We will hear from two people shortly.

15 Aug 16:20

ICYMI: Whistleblower safeguards still inadequate - journalists and informants

Legislation in South Africa is failing to create an environment in which whistleblowers can come forward with information about corruption without fear of harassment, intimidation or legal action.

This is according to two high-profile whistleblowers who spoke at Daily Maverick's The Gathering in Cape Town on Wednesday.

In a panel discussion, the two shed light on the dark world of covert surveillance, paranoia and death threats over the sordid history of Eskom and Trillian.

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GuptaLeaks Whistleblowers

We interview the two men who provided the files that would become the GuptaLeaks. In a pre-recorded interview, with identities masked, they share some of the insane stories of how the files made their way to Daily Maverick and how ...

15 Aug 15:29

#GuptaLeaks whistleblowers to deliver recorded message at Daily Maverick Gathering

Since 2017 the identities of the person or persons who provided journalists with a massive trove of emails that became known as the #GuptaLeaks have remained a closely guarded secret.

The tens of thousands of leaked emails lifted the veil on the inner workings of the Gupta family's empire and state capture. They included correspondence between members of the Gupta family and their closest confidants, Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma, top government officials, senior officials at defunct public relations firm Bell Pottinger and more. 

On Wednesday afternoon, two of the people who leaked the emails to journalists will publicly speak via recorded message at The Gathering: Media Edition, hosted by Daily Maverick in partnership with 10X Investments.

The event is taking place at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

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