As others are left to tie up the loose ends - perhaps adding a yet-to-be-written final chapter to the whistleblower's 250-page account - Woodford's personal role in exposing the story has reached a full stop.
As far as the public is concerned, though, there is a further, unresolved mystery to mull over.
Who was the original whistleblower who tipped off journalists at Facta magazine?
Woodford is determined to protect the identity of the Facta source, refusing even to say if they are male or female.
If that person had not approached Facta, or if Woodford had chosen to go along with the status quo - and not ruffle any corporate feathers - the ex-CEO would have simply served out his four-year contract and no-one would have been any the wiser.
‘The dirty secret would have gone, lost in history and Mori would have taken over. And Kikukawa would have been applauded for his vision in choosing a western salary-man, and being the first to do that.'
Woodford said he developed a bond with the Facta source after a contact organised for the pair to meet discreetly - an experience he describes as ‘humbling'.
‘That's the hero. That person is the hero.' [my emphasis]
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