Clare Rewcastle:  WSJ journo should clarify how they got the story on Najib’s bank accounts

Sarawak Reports Clare Rewcastle Brown talks to The Star and The StarTV
Sarawak Report’s Clare Rewcastle-Brown talks to The Star and The StarTV-Pic by the Star

PETALING JAYA: Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the editor of Sarawak Report news portal, who exposed the 1MDB saga corruption scandal in Malaysia and in the entire world, claims that the Wall Street Journal reporters and writers of the newly launched book “Billion Dollar Whale” about the 1MDB fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho did not give Sarawak Report any credits even though she was the one who has been providing all the related information through her source.

The “Billion Dollar Whale” is a newly launched book the Man who allegedly fooled Malaysia and the World, Jho Low. It was written by two Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters, Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.

Rewcastle-Brown has also recently published a book titled “The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Exposé”, which is also about Jho Low.

She is now demanding that Wright clarify how he landed the story detailing the transfer of US$681 million into the bank account of former prime minister Najib Razak, FMT reported today.

She claimed the individual who provided the details was a Sarawak Report’s (SR) source.

However, Rewcastle-Brown said, Wright did not mention SR in the articles he wrote though he promised to do so.

Moreover, she said, he continued to contact her source without referring to her.

“That is not the only pledge he broke. He also said he would continue to contact the source through Sarawak Report, and not attempt to go behind Sarawak Report’s back.

“Far more importantly, he also promised that he would not reproduce the documents themselves on his website, because the source was fearful that showing the documents would point to who they were.

“Nevertheless, shortly after the original story, Wright did put those documents up on the WSJ website, despite that promise, causing great fear to Sarawak Report’s source, many of whose colleagues were indeed arrested shortly after, in a search for the leak. As a result, that source did not approach Sarawak Report again,”  she said in a blog post.

Wright did not mention the name of his source in his book, nor did he elaborate enough on how he carried on his investigation or found the information.

She said they used to contact the source via email under an account called ‘SaveMalaysia’ to offer the materials and information.

Rewcastle-Brown is asking Wright now to “clarify how he got the story on Najib’s bank accounts.” – Malaysia World News

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