No ordinary informant
October 20, 2009 6:18 AM Subscribe
posted by MuffinMan (19 comments total)
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The movie adaptation of Mark Whitacre's
story, Steven Soderbergh's The Informant
, based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald
was released last month. Whitacre's life belies easy explanation: a hugely important corporate whistleblower, at some point during the five years he spent informing on agribusiness behemoth Archer Daniels Midland
Whitacre embarked on a massive embezzlement scheme that would see him imprisoned for nearly eight and a half years. To this day, the FBI remain divided
on whether he is more hero or villain.
What is perhaps interesting about the movie, over and above the extraordinary details of Whitacre's downfall into mental illness and susbsequent release to resume married life as a successful businessman in the biogredients business, is that Soderbergh - who started work on the movie in 2001 after Ocean's Eleven - plays it as a comedy
According to Soderbergh, at least, Whitacre likes the movie.
on the blue. And also here