The Washington Post Company is accused of using tactics including employment termination, criminal prosecution and civil suits in order to silence and intimidate future whistle blowing by employees. As a result of these tactics, Ben Wilcox, who was the former director of legal studies at Washington Post Company’s Kaplan University, was sentenced to prison on July 20, 2011. He was prosecuted for allegedly hacking into Kaplan’s computer system in 2007 and making threats to take the computer system down. Wilcox denied the claim at trial and said he was framed, yet was still sentenced to a year in prison.
On October 26, 2011 Kaplan filed suit and obtained a temporary restraining order against former directors Jonathan David and Ali Ahmed for computer fraud. Allegedly the information they were caught downloading from company computers was going to be used in a false claim suit against Kaplan. Another similar case involves whistle blower Carlos Urquilla Diaz, who has a lawsuit pending in Florida claiming that in April 2005 he was fired by Kaplan as an act of retaliation. Diaz informed them he was going to file a complaint with State and Federal authorities related to dishonest practices, and was fired soon after. The Daily Censored’s Danny Weil concludes that Kaplan and the Washington Post will use illegal tactics to ensure that any wrongdoing on their part is kept hidden.
Title: “Washington Post Co silences Employees with Intimidation: Kaplan Again”
Source: DailyCensored.com, November 3, 2011
Author: Danny Weil
Student Researcher: Brianna Santo, Sonoma State University
Faculty Evaluator: Karen Grady, Sonoma State University