The Singapore government has denied allegations made by Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, the man at the heart of the HIV Registry Data Breach, with Senior Minister of State for Health and Law Edwin Tong calling the American a “pathological liar”.
A Ministry of Health statement said Brochez continues to make “allegations which are either false or unsubstantiated” and that the matter had been thoroughly investigated by the ministry and the police.
Brochez had accused the government of trying to hush up the leak of HIV patient data and silencing him when he tried to make the breach known to government bodies.
He also claimed that he had only contracted HIV after being sexually assaulted in a Singapore prison.
In a joint statement, the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Prisons Service said that the sexual assault claim had been investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department, which found it to be untrue.
The statement also said that Brochez had contracted HIV years before he was admitted to prison in 2016.
Regarding the allegation that the HIV Registry was leaked by one Zachary Levine, the statement said that police investigated Levine in 2016 following similar allegations by Brochez, and that Brochez was “never able to produce verifiable evidence” to support his claim.
“Police investigation, which included an interview and examination of Levine’s electronic devices seized from his residence, did not reveal any evidence to suggest that Zachary was either in possession of any MOH-related files, or had shared any HIV Registry data.”
Brochez has since removed the online posts containing his allegations.