Journalist Scott Stedman, who works for the Forensic News website, also confirmed Broeksmit's death in a tweet. "He supplied me and other journalists with Deutsche Bank documents that highlighted the bank's deep Russia connections," Stedman wrote. "It is very sad. I don't suspect foul play. Val struggled with drugs on and off.
In 2019, Broeksmit was reported to have handed over hundreds of documents to the FBI
while they were investigating ties between Deutsche Bank and the former president,
as well as other allegations of illegal activity by the bank. The documents were left behind by Broeksmit's late father Bill, who had been a senior executive at the German financial institution.
In a 2019 profile in The New York Times
, Broeksmit was described as a man with a history of drug abuse who had aspirations of becoming a famous whistleblower such as Edward Snowden
or Chelsea Manning
. "I am more emotionally invested in this than anyone in the world," Broeksmit while detailing why he handed over the trove of emails, financial reports and other material to the federal investigators following his father's death. "I would love to be their special informer."