Lobbyist Mark McGann revealed to the Guardian that he was the whistleblower on Uber’s practices and the one behind the leak of thousands of internal documents of the American company to the British newspaper.
McGann, who between 2014 and 2016 led efforts to expand the ride-hailing company into Europe, Africa and the Middle East, said he decided to speak out because he believes Uber broke laws in dozens of countries and deceived people about the profits of the business model, as reported by the Guardian.
The British newspaper obtained and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its 42 media partners some 124,000 documents dating from 2013 to 2017, including SMS and email correspondence from Uber executives, as well as presentations, memos and invoices.
They show some of Uber’s practices during the years of the company’s rapid expansion, but also during a period when it was at the center of many controversies, mainly with taxi companies in various cities of the world, from Paris to Johannesburg.
According to the Guardian, Uber adopted similar tactics in various European countries (Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy…), mobilizing its drivers and pushing them to complain to the police when they were victims of attacks, with the aim of the company taking advantage of the coverage of the media to extract concessions from the authorities.