Hervé Falciani is a professed whistleblower — the Edward Snowden of banking — who has been hunted by Swiss investigators, jailed by Spaniards, and claims to have been kidnapped by Israeli agents eager for a glimpse of the client data he stole while working for a major financial institution in Geneva.
But as he settled into a deserted bistro for a two-hour lunch, Falciani, a former computer technician who has been on the run since 2008, seemed relaxed for a fugitive. And why not?
He is in high demand these days, having cast himself as a crusader against the murky world of Swiss banking. Once dismissed, he and other whistleblowers are now being courted as governments struggle to fill their coffers and to stem a populist uprising against corruption. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.