Swiss Banker Hands Over Secrets to Wikileaks

Epoch Times19. Januar 2011 Aktualisiert: 19. Januar 2011 15:32

A former Swiss private banker hands over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

[Rudolph Elmer, Swiss Banker and Whistleblower]:

„What I want to do is to hand this over to WikiLeaks.“

Rudolph Elmer – who once headed the office of Julius Baer in the Cayman Islands before being fired – gave Assange two discs at a Monday news conference in London.

He said he wants the world to see how the „system works“

[Rudolph Elmer, Swiss Banker and Whistleblower]:

„I’m against the system. I know how the system works and I know that from day to day business. So from that point of view, I want to let society know what I do know and how this system works, because it’s damaging our society.“

Assange – who Sweden wants to extradite from the U.K. for questioning over alleged sex crimes – said he stands behind Elmer.

[Julian Assange,WikiLeak’s Founder]:

„He is clearly a bona fide whistleblower and therefore I feel, given the past involvement in the case, that we have some kind of duty to support him on that matter.“

Elmer also said he hopes his appearance at the news conference would both call attention to offshore financial abuses, and promote WikiLeaks as a resource for other whistleblowers.

He is scheduled to go on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday for breaching bank secrecy.

Wikileaks will vet the data before publishing it – a process it says will take at least two weeks.

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