The Maldives Police Service has submitted a formal request to Twitter, seeking to reveal the identity of the anonymous whistleblower account @Hkurusee. This account has been actively engaged in whistleblowing, primarily posting evidence of alleged government corruption.
In its most recent activity, the @Hkurusee account posted a draft of a letter that was reportedly sent by President Solih to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The letter acknowledged the sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos Islands. The Maldives Journal has learned that the President's Office ordered the Maldives Police Service to find the owner of the Twitter account, leading to the subsequent formal request made to Twitter.
Furthermore, the @Hkurusee account recently tweeted a warning to other whistleblowers: "I urge all whistleblowers to delete all their conversations with me right now. A manhunt is going on to find Hassan Kurusee. They are checking phones of staff who they suspect might be giving info to HK and also checking phones of people who they suspect might be HK himself."
It is important to note that the Government of the Maldives has demonstrated zero tolerance towards exposing corruption. Government employees who have exposed corruption within the administration have often faced unfair dismissal as a result. Moreover, Maldives has seen a decline in its position on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index since President Solih assumed office.