Enron whistleblower prefers WikiLeaks to the SEC

Feb 06, 2012

Aug 30, 2011

Sherron Watkins, former Enron vice president and whistleblower, reasons that whistleblowers are still more likely to trust WikiLeaks than the SEC.

Despite regulatory reforms designed to protect individuals willing to come forward, “people now will go to WikiLeaks to protect themselves,” Watkins said speaking to the New York State Society of CPAs.

The “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” established a whistleblowers office at the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. However, the SEC whistleblowers office hasn’t received any funding yet and the rules haven’t been approved.

Watkins says she has been unable to get a job in corporate America since Enron because “the label whistleblower is stuck on my head.”