Sunday, July 05, 2015

MALAYSIA EXCLUSVE!!! How PGI track down Justo and blow the lid off Sarawak Report

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Lord: "Responsible media outlets check their sources ..."

While we wait for Prime Minister Najib Razak to send the Letter of Demand to WSJ over money from 1MDB in his personal accounts, find out how a London-based group of cyber security experts with 20 years of experience and over a thousand forensic cases to their names painstakingly tracked down Xavier Justo and the Sarawak Report and the trail of "tampered" emails and "faked" documents used against thier client [not 1MDB or Najib].

PETALING JAYA, July 5 — Protection Group International (PGI) managing director Brian Lord said Sarawak Report’s information on the alleged impropriety in PetroSaudi International Ltd’s aborted joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was “inconsistent” and “unreliable”.
Speaking to Malay Mail, he said there were inconsistencies between the original information and what was published by the blog. He also revealed the cyber security firm was hired by PetroSaudi to investigate the source of the data published online and verify its authenticity.
“When one does the compare and contrast of the data in the systems with the one in Sarawak Report, there are inconsistencies,” Lord said.
He said if an individual believes a wrongdoing had occured, he could report the matter to the authorities in Malaysia, Switzerland or United Kingdom or take it to an established media.
“But he (arrested Swiss national Xavier 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,” said Lord who has more than 20 years experience in cyber security.
Lord added investigations by PGI revealed Sarawak Report had a “subtract of some emails chain and some documentation”. He, however, stopped short of divulging the contents of the emails and data Sarawak Report received.
“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, a former PetroSaudi executive, was arrested in Thailand last month after he was alleged to have leaked information to Sarawak Report. He was being investigated for extortion and blackmailing his former employer.
Justo had allegedly attempted to blackmail and extort as much as 2.5 million Swiss Francs (RM10 million) from PetroSaudi  two years after he was dismissed from the company. He also allegedly threatened to release confidential business information, purportedly stolen from the company, if his demands were not met.
Following the attempted blackmail, various emails and documents were published by Sarawak Report, sparking criticism against 1MDB.
According to Lord, investigations into the case were led by two analysts who between them had worked on at least 1,000 forensic cases.
“These are people who are highly-regarded specialist in what they do. They have investigated all types of cases involving all types of background. When it comes to the validity and velocity of the company, they have vast experience,” he said.
In stressing the firm’s independence, Lord said investigations were conducted in a controlled environment with no access granted to anyone outside of the forensic investigators, with devices obtained from those involved kept in a forensic laboratory.
“Nobody else, including the client, has access to the laboratory where the investigations are conducted. It is key for the investigations to be uncontaminated. In this particular case, we still have the devices under our custody until every line of investigation related to this has ended.”
He said the forensic analysis into this case could take up to six months.
“That leads back to the point of depending on what level of granularity the process requires and whether that is inclined to a subsequent legal process. That leads to a point where there are things that we can say and can’t,” he added.
On a company spokesman quoted by an English daily
“Clients want a clear, unambiguous and unbiased view of what the investigations will show. We are obliged to adhere to certain standards on how we operate. Forensics investigations can take a long time depending on what level of information is required. At that point thereof, where there is a complete lack of clarity over things, that requires a public statement. But we will only make statements which we are sure we can validate. In forensics investigations, there are points that can be established quite quickly and there are things that require more time to go into deeper analysis. But there are certain points throughout the investigation where things will become clear and if it does help clarify the situation, particularly in the case like this where a lot of it is being played up in public domain, sometimes it (a statement) can be helpful for both parties.”
On the implication of such articles
“Responsible media outlets such as newspapers check their sources, the validity of such sources and information as well as the motive of the sources before an editorial decision is made to publish. That is a sensible, matured decision. If a blogging site is considered as an independent voice, then it has to do the same thing and if it chooses to just publish random information obtained, then it has no right to be taken seriously. I support the Sarawak Report’s right to publish whatever political opinion they have … people have different opinions, but the point remains how seriously would it take itself if it gets hold of data obtained inappropriately and chooses to publish it in that way, editorialising it to meet political ends. Freedom of speech comes with responsibility.”

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p.s. In Malaysia, allegations against 1MDB implicating PGI's client PetroSaudi could have started with a police report lodged by an Umno leader in Penang, Khairuddin Hassan, wefied here with Clare Rewcastle Brown, the founder of Sarawak Report, in London recently. Source LSS FB.

Was Din relying on SR's docs when he lodged the report?


  1. Anonymous2:41 pm

    Getting desperate?

    This was all in the public domain a week ago.

    Yes, and the spin docs were already talking up Arab-owned PGI to the sky.

    But this has nothing whatsoever to do with the transfer of $$$$$ into our friend's accounts, you see.

    Neither the SR or Justo is the source for that info. The WSJ eyeballed the documents, that even Gani has admitted seeing.

    Pivoting back to Justo has no value.

    It's 100% irrelevant.

  2. Anonymous3:11 pm

  3. Anonymous3:25 pm

    Anon 2.41 p.m.

    u seem worried. desperately worried. let u in on a secret lah. wsj's source maybe not sarawak report or justo. but wsj's source's source{s} defintely either one of them. if not justo, then sr.

    bet my bottom (not bottom dollar) on it.

  4. Anonymous3:58 pm

    @ 3:25 p.m.

    I'm not worried about anything, actually. Apart from the fact that you seem not to understand the WSJ report. Their source is the ongoing Malaysian investigation papers, which Justo - what - faxed a copy to Gani's desk? Don't think so.

    If the pahlawan Bugis is removed, some other crook will replace him, and the govt will still keep financially invading your bottom (ouch) illegally in any case bro.

    Ain't nothing gonna change.

    Just see this as light entertainment.

  5. Anonymous4:28 pm

    WSJ is confident to publish the allegation even after Justo was caught because they don't rely on Justo. They got the leak from Malaysia investigator, meaning from AG's office that have done the investigation earlier on. This earlier investigation was acknowledge by AG and he did mentioned that he has seen the investigation report as what WSJ reported. AG has also acknowledged that a further investigation and a raid has been done to the 3 companies.

    What more to do with Justo and SR. Why omitted this fact Rocky?

  6. Anonymous4:59 pm

    Anon 3.25 could be ramlan dahlan in disguise. Stop it with the cocky wager talk. Justo was arrested on counts of blackmail. Now isnt it funny that PGI comes into play? Who hired these goons in the first place? Maybe they should show which is which? Come on din you should know better. You been in the playing field how long? Isnt it funny that MM asked these questions 3 times and PGI refused to answer then suddenly, BAM, they say it isnt reliable? What a load of joke. And anon 3.25, the AG said he saw the trails. You mean he saw it from SR or justo? I doubt justo would be in the loop as the deal with AMBANK is a whole nother branch buddy. So before you shoot your mouth, go and hang on some other tree

  7. Anonymous5:21 pm

    This PGI fella is talking a lot of things but saying absolutely nothing. And the forensics analysis will take up to 6 months? Bravo. When you have nothing, you use element of time to defend yourself.

  8. charleskiwi5:56 pm

    What is Najib waiting for ? Sue the hell out of WSJ, stop wasting time just sue them only he dares. Typical of him just talk and talk, at the end some lame excuses will be given for not doing it. Najib knows this is outside Malaysia and beyond his jurisdiction, he can order a lot of things to happen in Malaysia and even have them turn out the way he desires. I can only see it is only the beginning of his downfall, again an international media such as the WSJ must know what they are expressing without any fear or favour. This is not Utusan Melayu where they are a little bit concern on what they print for circulation besides any damages are only coming out of Umno and not from their own pocket.
    What the hell does he want so much, when he already has more than enough money to last him and his family to live in luxury for a few generations. Just look at him now, he does walk with his chest holding out like he always did before the incident he must be under tremendous stress and must also trying to imagine what it is like with his hands cuffed and escorted by the very police to the court and also to the prison. The very thought of that must be in his mind days and nights !

  9. Anonymous7:02 pm

    Hmmm..looks like rocky have been working extra hours to save najibs ass....

  10. Anonymous7:33 pm

    haaa pity Malaysian trusting WSJ which owned by Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp Co. Do U know who is Rupert Murdoch? A man synonymous with lies and scandals. From the News of the World's phone hacking scandal in UK to the rubbish newspapers i.e The Sun UK with topless cover girl as well bribing public officials, police, British MPs etc. I can't believe Malaysians simply trusting this corrupted and unethical Ausie man with his rubbish news papers...bravo! hee

    1. Anonymous6:49 am

      Soooo, wiseguy... isnt it also a pity that malaysians like you would rather put your trust on this dodgy & obscure PGI?

  11. Anonymous2:31 am

    A roadside kueh seller received a demand letter from a local bank to repossess a luxury car after defaulting 3months monthly payments. This poor man don't even have a driving license let alone own a car.... Sounds familiar?

    Najib is a public figure. What is 700m to some? Anyone can just transfer these funds into his account. Anything is possible.

    Don't jump to conclusions.
    Let the professionals do their job.

  12. Anonymous8:46 am

    cash - asset - unit. Do the math.

    - rakyat

  13. Anonymous10:13 am

    Haiya lockeee

    Itu foto ahh ta'ala bukti maa. Apek pun aala satu foto haa ... gua tengok aala itu hippo maanyak haappi lu tau.

    Dia aala senyum maanyak sama itu aallab punya oolang. Lagi haa bilaakang itu aallab punya oolang aalaa itu gemuk cinapek haaa.

    Dia aalaa pakai itu kot hitam lu tau. Gua tau dia nama itu joe lo ka. Oolang panggil dia whale tau.

    Ini foto pun bukti kaaa??

  14. Anonymous1:16 pm

    You and UMNO paid bloggers keep on harping abt this Justo guy and the socalled independent PGI company trying to cover shit done by Najib and his 1MDB. Wtf rocky you are being checkmate now. Malu lah sikit rocky! Cakap berdegar degar regards transparency, honesty bla bla bla but you are a hypocrite!!!

  15. When the DPM (knowing that there is in fact reliable report) formed Special Taskforce comprising AG, Govenor, MACC Chief & IGP, instantly they raided 3 companies and now freezed 6 accounts related to 1MDB. The hole made by Jibby is too big and almost impossible to cover. With that, surely the tools used by Jibby before will jumpship and look for new master. SURVIVAL, keep & watch own backside lorrr.

    It is open secret that Rockybru is one of Jibby cybertrooper but it is not too late for you to change side. Hahahahahahahah