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WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts in two weeks

Post  Angelique on Wed 19 Jan - 11:48

There is also a short video of Assange & Elmer - 2.49 sec.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8264477/WikiLeaks-Julian-Assange-could-start-publishing-leaked-details-of-Swiss-bank-tax-accounts-in-two-weeks.html

The details of thousands of wealthy bank clients who have used offshore accounts to avoid paying their share of tax are set to be exposed by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.





By Christopher Hope, and Kerry Cunningham 9:06PM GMT 17 Jan 2011

Rudolf Elmer, a former Swiss bank employee, handed over two CDs containing the information to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in London today.
Mr Elmer said he wanted to expose mass potential tax avoidance before he flies back to Switzerland to stand trial accused of stealing information from a bank.
The CDs are understood to include the details of 2,000 wealthy individuals and corporations, including 40 politicians and some celebrities.
Mr Elmer declined to give any information about the “high net worth” individuals and companies on the CDs, however, although he said that those named were from Britain, the US, Germany, Austria, Asia and “all over”.
He has previously said they include “business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates”.
He has also described them as “well-known pillars of society” whose “investment portfolios and may include houses, trading companies, artwork, yachts, jewellery, horses, and so on”.
Mr Elmer, a former executive at Julius Baer Bank, one of Switzerland’s top private banks, said he was releasing the information to educate society.
“I do think, as a banker, I have the right to stand up if something is wrong,” he said.
“I know how the system works and I know the day-to-day business. From that point of view, I wanted to let society know what I know. It is damaging our society.”
Mr Assange, whose whistle-blowing website is still working through a leaked cache of 252,000 American diplomatic cables, praised the ex-banker’s attempts to expose alleged shady practices in the financial industry.
Mr Assange, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden where he faces sex offence allegations, said the names could be published on the WikiLeaks website in two weeks, once they have been verified.
In his first public appearance since he was given bail last month, Mr Assange told a press conference: “I have read some of Mr Elmer's writings.
“He is clearly a bona fide whistleblower and therefore I feel, given the past involvement in the case, that we have some duty to support him on that matter.”
Mr Assange said the time it would take to release the documents online depended on how much information was provided by Mr Elmer.
He said: “We will treat this information like all other information we get, so yes I presume, once we have looked at the data, there will be a full revelation.
“If we can delegate the matter appropriately, it could be a couple of weeks, if not it will take longer.”
Mr Elmer is due to appear before a Zurich regional court later this week to answer charges of coercion and violating Switzerland's strict banking secrecy laws.
He was dismissed from Julius Baer Bank in 2002 after eight years as chief operating officer of Julius Baer Bank and Trust Company in the Cayman Islands.
The bank claims he launched an “intimidation campaign and vendetta” against it and spread “baseless” rumours.
Mr Assange said WikiLeaks could hand some of the information from Mr Elmer to the Serious Fraud Office in London
So far WikiLeaks has released 2.3 per cent of the 252,000 American Government cables. Mr Assange said the whistle-blowing website, which champions information transparency, was not yet open for receiving more unsolicited data leaks.
He said: “We are not open yet for public business. The volume of material that we would receive is too high for our internal mechanisms, but we are receiving in other ways, like this, in this manner.”
Under the terms of his bail, Mr Assange must live at the mansion home of Vaughan Smith, the owner of the Frontline Club, a journalists’ club in west London.
WikiLeaks published data about the same bank in 2008 which resulted in its lawyers seeking an injunction to have wikileaks.org “seized and destroyed”.




 

 
 


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Re: WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts in two weeks

Post  Guest on Wed 19 Jan - 11:51

well, if there's any 'mob' accounts involved extradition to the US may prove the better of two evils.

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Re: WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts in two weeks

Post  Angelique on Wed 19 Jan - 17:22

Yes - when I read this I thought the same too - talk about putting your head in a noose!

Can it be that Assange believes he's going to be "removed" anyway so he may as well get as much 'out there' as possible.

I shall be sad if this is what happens - he definitely has courage of conviction for his cause - but he's up against a Goliath and I can't see him succeeding.



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Post  malena stool on Wed 19 Jan - 19:44

There may well be some pulsating and inflamed anal sphincters in the Honorable Member's toilets at Westminster dreading the threat of further releases of ministerial financial corruption.

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Re: WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts in two weeks

Post  AnnaEsse on Wed 19 Jan - 22:29

Swiss court fines banking ‘whistleblower’

By Haig Simonian in Zurich

Published: January 19 2011 19:56 | Last updated: January 19 2011 19:56

A Zurich court ruled on Wednesday that Rudolf Elmer, the Swiss self styled private banking “whistleblower”, was guilty of coercion and breaching bank secrecy, fining him SFr7,200 ($7,517).

Mr Elmer, a former employee of Bank Julius Baer, one of Switzerland’s leading private banks, this week made headlines after giving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange two CDs of what he claimed were details of secret bank accounts held by unspecified politicians and other international figures.

WikiLeaks said it would review the material, probably with the help of selected specialist news media, and release the material over coming weeks.

The case against Mr Elmer, who was fired as head of Baer’s Cayman Islands trust subsidiary in December 2002, followed threats he had made to the bank and its employees. Public prosecutors had sought an eight month unconditional jail sentence and a fine for coercion and breaching bank secrecy. The guilty verdict included a charge that Mr Elmer had made a bomb threat against a member of the bank’s staff.

Mr Elmer gave an initial batch of information to WikiLeaks in 2008, but has largely been greeted with scepticism in his native Switzerland, where he has been dismissed as capricious and often contradictory. But in recent weeks his allegations have won wider attention as international media have taken up his clams.

Prosecutors said Mr Elmer was “defying the court” after on Monday having given further material to WikiLeaks in London. Mr Elmer, who had previously offered his material unsuccessfully to various governments, has presented himself as the victim of intimidation by his former employer and a champion of transparency. Baer, by contrast, has presented his campaign as attempted revenge of a disenchanted former employee.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8e9b010a-23f2-11e0-bef0-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1BWTMVwa6

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Re: WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts in two weeks

Post  Panda on Fri 21 Jan - 7:28


At the moment the U.S. is having a crackdown on all these instruments of dodgy deals. The Hedge Funds have been investigated, now Mafia roundups
by the FBI have resulted in several arrests. I would think they would be only too pleased to have info released about U.S. Citizens Bank Accounts.

About 3 years ago a Swiss Bank, USB was fined heavily in the U.S. for malpractice in the States, but were told that if they released details of 25 U.S.
Resident Bank details the Fines would be quashed. The 25 accounts yielded $100 millioin in undeclared income in the U.S. so the U.S. demanded another
75 names be released . This caused uproar by all the Swiss Banks who said privacy was the core of their undertaking to clients. Watch a huge outflow
of money in Swiss Banks Accounts to the Cayman Islands or Luxembourg etc.

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Post  Badboy on Fri 21 Jan - 14:19

Panda wrote:
At the moment the U.S. is having a crackdown on all these instruments of dodgy deals. The Hedge Funds have been investigated, now Mafia roundups
by the FBI have resulted in several arrests. I would think they would be only too pleased to have info released about U.S. Citizens Bank Accounts.

About 3 years ago a Swiss Bank, USB was fined heavily in the U.S. for malpractice in the States, but were told that if they released details of 25 U.S.
Resident Bank details the Fines would be quashed. The 25 accounts yielded $100 millioin in undeclared income in the U.S. so the U.S. demanded another
75 names be released . This caused uproar by all the Swiss Banks who said privacy was the core of their undertaking to clients. Watch a huge outflow
of money in Swiss Banks Accounts to the Cayman Islands or Luxembourg etc.

127 mafia arrested

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Post  Panda on Fri 21 Jan - 16:16

Badboy wrote:
Panda wrote:
At the moment the U.S. is having a crackdown on all these instruments of dodgy deals. The Hedge Funds have been investigated, now Mafia roundups
by the FBI have resulted in several arrests. I would think they would be only too pleased to have info released about U.S. Citizens Bank Accounts.

About 3 years ago a Swiss Bank, USB was fined heavily in the U.S. for malpractice in the States, but were told that if they released details of 25 U.S.
Resident Bank details the Fines would be quashed. The 25 accounts yielded $100 millioin in undeclared income in the U.S. so the U.S. demanded another
75 names be released . This caused uproar by all the Swiss Banks who said privacy was the core of their undertaking to clients. Watch a huge outflow
of money in Swiss Banks Accounts to the Cayman Islands or Luxembourg etc.

127 mafia arrested

Hi Badboy

It was on the News that this is the biggest purge of Mafia dealings in every area from Porn to drugs , bit like Elliot Ness in the days of Bootlegging.
I didn"t know that many had been rounded up....very impressive. Pity Britain didn"t follow suit.

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