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Wikileaks to reveal Swiss banking secrets

by Jorge Hernandez on January 17, 2011

He may be sequestered in the United Kingdom, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still getting dirt on the world's most powerful people. A former Swiss banker has provided Assange with what he claims are financial details of over 2,000 prominent people, and the data is expected to be released as soon as it has been validated, BBC News reports.

Assange and the informant, Rudolf Elmer, held a press conference recently during which they presented the discs with the purported secrets. Elmer worked for the Julias Baer Group, a prominent Swiss bank, up until he was fired in 2002. He claims that his knowledge will detail the extensive lengths the bank goes to in an effort to allow its clients to avoid paying taxes. He is set to be in court later this week after the bank accused him of forging evidence to support his claims.

Elmer has provided information detailing acts such as tax evasion and hiding money made from illegal means to Wikileaks before. During his time with the company, he was the chief operating officer for the bank's Cayman Island branch.

"I'm against the system. I know how the system works," he told the press. "I've been there. I've done the job. I know what is the day-to-day business,"

There is no word on how long it will take to go through all the data provided by Elmer, but Assange believes that some of it will be turned over to authorities including the U.K's Serious Fraud Network.

Elmer is not the only one facing criminal charges. Assange is currently free on bail after being arrested because of allegations of sexual misconduct in Sweden. He denies the charges, and has maintained his arrest and persecution is due to his embarrassing relevations about the U.S. and other world powers.

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