WikiLeaks' Next Target: Financial Crimes

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

(FILE) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange holds a press conference at Park Plaza Hotel on October 23, 2010 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Rudolf Elmer, an ex-employee of the Swiss Bank, Julius Baer, handed over two discs to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, in a press conference yesterday. The discs reportedly contain information on tax evasion and other crimes of more than 2,000 individuals and companies around the world. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, sees these events as a preview of what could come shortly, as rumors swirl that WikiLeaks will release damning information on a major American bank; perhaps Bank of America. Is the website's new target corruption in the financial industry?

Christian Caryl, contributing editor at Foreign Policy, and a Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies, sees WikiLeaks as a huge game changer in the world.


Christian Caryl and Louise Story

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David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

Via phone from New York

If this information that was given to WikiLeaks is the UBS files, the United States Government has already handled those files, those bank accounts, with the investors themselves. That's what your reporters should be focusing on because otherwise, both you and Julian Assange have been punked. It's already old information if it's all about the UBS investors not paying taxes. Check the government website.

Jan. 18 2011 11:05 AM
The Morgan Doctrine from Utah, USA

As Heath Ledger said as The Joker when he let Aaron Eckhard flip the coin to decide whether to shoot him or join him, "Now you're talking!" So maybe cyber privateers could test their skills looting the accounts of crooks?

Jan. 18 2011 12:39 AM

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