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Boeing Whistleblower Firing Decision May Cut Off News Leaks

Two Boeing Co. auditors in 2007 thought they found weaknesses in the security of the firm’s financial reporting data. They complained, setting off a chain of events that may chill whistleblower leaks to news outlets.

Nicholas Tides and Matthew Neumann say they told Boeing it might be violating the Sarbanes-Oxley investor-protection law by urging them to say data controls were in place that weren’t. Ignored and then pressured to look the other way, they said, the two spoke with a Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter who had left messages asking about auditing problems.