The US citizen accused of leaking personal information from the Singapore HIV database has reportedly threatened the Singaporean government with releasing even more data.
In an affidavit filed by American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Chelsea Holliday on Feb 22, Brochez admitted he had come “into possession of the database in Singapore” and brought it to the US.
Brochez said he would hand over the database to the FBI if it could “convince the Government of Singapore to release his husband”, Ler Teck Siang.
Ler was the former head of the National Public Health Unit and therefore had access to the registry. He and Brochez married in New York City in 2014.
“But if the Singaporean Government did not release Siang (Ler), he would release the database to the public,” Holliday wrote in her official report, which has been seen by Channel NewsAsia. He also said that he would “commit suicide” before relinquishing the information.
The leak of the HIV registry included the names, phone numbers, addresses, test results, and medical information of 5,400 Singaporeans and 8,800 foreigners.