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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:21 AM
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Ex-Swiss Banker Gives Data to WikiLeaks

LONDON A former Swiss bank executive said on Monday that he had given the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, details of more than 2,000 prominent individuals and companies that he contends engaged in tax evasion and other possible criminal activity.

Rudolf M. Elmer, the former head of the Cayman Islands office of the prominent Swiss bank Julius Baer, refused to identify any of the individuals or companies, but told reporters at a press conference that about 40 politicians and pillars of society worldwide are among them.

He told The Observer newspaper over the weekend that those named in the documents come from the U.S., Britain, Germany, Austria and Asia from all over, and include business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates from both sides of the Atlantic.

Mr. Assange said that WikiLeaks would verify and release the information, including the names, in as little as two weeks. He suggested possible partnerships with financial news organizations and said he would consider turning the information over to Britains Serious Fraud Office, a government agency that investigates financial corruption.

Mr. Elmer said he had turned to WikiLeaks to educate society about what he considers an unfair system designed to serve the rich and aid money launderers after his offers to provide the data to universities and governments were spurned and, in his opinion, the Swiss media failed to cover the substance of his allegations. The man in the street needs to know how this system works, he said, referring to the offshore trusts that many high net worth individuals across the world use to evade taxes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/business/global/18baer.html?src=busln
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:24 AM
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1. Good for him
Could be some interesting repercussions from this.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:25 AM
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2. Recommend
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:38 AM
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3. I will be curious to see if our loverlords in the government
try to cover up these crimes because some are too big to fail.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 11:02 AM
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4. The rich are too big to fail. But then they own Congress. nm
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