KUALA LUMPUR, July 5, 2015:
Protection Group International (PGI) managing director, Brian Lord stated that the information relayed by the Sarawak Report regarding the alleged transgression and misconduct in the PetroSaudi International Ltd’s aborted joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was “inconsistent” and “unreliable”.
Lord, in an interview with the Malay Mail, said that there were disparities between the original contents of the information and that published by the website.
“When one does the compare and contrast of the data in the systems with the one in Sarawak Report, there are inconsistencies,” he said.
He added that PetroSaudi had hired the cyber security firm to investigate and delve into the initial source and authenticity of the information that was published online.
Referring to Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo, Lord noted that if the individual who shared the information did in fact believe that any unlawful activity had occurred, that person could have reported the matter to the relevant authorities in Malaysia, Switzerland or United Kingdom.
Moreover, he added that the revelation of such information could also have been taken to any established and renowned media outlets.
“But he (Justo) didn’t do that.
“Having gone through the process of trying to extort money from the former employer with threats to leak the data and being refused, he (Justo) could have still gone to the authorities had there been any wrong doing. But he chose to go to Sarawak Report.
“I am not making any comment on the political persuasion of Sarawak Report but he chose to take it to that kind of blog site. So even before we move on to the forensics, any information that he presented to the public after that process has to be treated with a huge amount of caution,” he explained.
Lord added that PGI’s investigations revealed that the Sarawak Report had a “subtract of some emails chain and some documentation”. However, he did not reveal any contents of the email and data received by Sarawak Report.
Lord, who has been working for over 20 years in the field of cyber security, explained that the inconsistency between the original contents of the report with the one that was published denotes circumstantial inaccuracy and unreliability of the information.
“It is a combination of all those three things; inconsistency between the original and published reports, substitutable communication and the whole private information claim into Sarawak Report … I can firmly say the information is unreliable and, therefore, it is unfair for anybody to draw judgments on it.”
Justo had allegedly attempted to blackmail and extort his former employer, PetroSaudi amounting to 2.5 million Swiss francs (RM10 million) two years ago.
He was a former executive at PetroSaudi who was arrested in Thailand last month after various emails and documents appeared on a blog entitled Sarawak Report.
The claims published by the blog have sparked widespread allegations and accusations against Malaysian government-owned 1MDB.