Monday, January 17, 2011

Rudolf Elmer Hands Over Swiss Bank Account Details to WikiLeaks

Rudolf Elmer Hands Over Swiss Bank Account Details to WikiLeaks - ABC News

Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed over two computer discs detailing thousands of offshore bank accounts to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, claiming that they contain evidence of massive potential tax evasion and other potentially illegal activity by banks.

Standing next to Assange, Elmer said that he had tried to hand the data over to tax authorities and members of the media.

"WikiLeaks is my only hope to get society to know what's going on," Elmer said.

The discs are full of details about the Swiss bank accounts belonging to more than 2,000 American, European and Asian individuals and multinational companies, Elmer has said. Among them, are some 40 politicians, as well as business leaders, celebrities, organized crime leaders and three major financial institutions. One of those banks is Bank Julius Baer, the former employer of Elmer.

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