Antoine Deltour was arrested and charged with theft, violation of professional secrecy, violation of trade secrets and illegally accessing a database. In brief, the man who exposed what are at the very least unethical tax avoidance plots is charged as a criminal, but the man who orchestrated the whole sorry mess has done nothing illegal.
The carnage at "Charlie Hebdo" was particularly shocking not only because of its brutality and abruptness, but also because it personified the increasing number of attacks on journalists. While Western nations claim to be champions of free speech and press, their actions speak much louder than such declarations.
A year ago the DOJ announced that the banking giant JPMorgan Chase would avoid criminal charges by agreeing to pay $13 billion to settle claims that it had routinely overstated the quality of mortgages it was selling to investors. But how did the bank avoid prosecution for committing fraud that helped cause the 2008 financial crisis?
While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.
To pretend that this issue -- which is at the core of today's digital geopolitics and of the American upper hand over the Internet -- does not exist is like not seeing the white elephant in the living room. Any attempt to advance the debate without addressing their situation will be a farce. That's why I, like thousands of Brazilians, ask: President Dilma, do offer asylum for Edward Snowden and offer Brazilian diplomacy to mediate the negotiations between the U.K. and Ecuador, so that Julian Assange can enjoy the asylum he has been granted by our neighboring country at last.