Hero or Villain? The Strange Case of HSBC Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

Falciani posing in July on the Champs de Mars in Paris Photograph by Philippe Wojazer/Corbis

On Feb. 1, 2008, a man and a woman boarded a plane in Geneva and flew to Beirut. Over the next week, they visited managers at four Lebanese banks. The man, who identified himself as a Lebanese national named Ruben El Chidiak, told the bankers that he ran a consulting firm and had valuable information to sell.

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