I don't think the fact that Whitlock has self-interest at stake here is lost on anyone.
Clearly, he wins if ***** continues to fail and is eventually publicly revealed to be the megalomaniac that he is. It doesn't change the effect of his efforts, though. And he has stepped up in a time of need ... with both his talent and money. That deserves both acknowledgement and gratitude.
On top of that, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.