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Monday, 17 January 2011 11:41

Swiss banker blows whistle on off-shore bank accounts

Written by Nick Farell

Turning it over to Wikileaks
A former Swiss private banker is going to hand over data on hundreds of offshore bank account holders to the WikiLeaks website today.

Rudolf Elmer once headed the office of Julius Baer in the Cayman Islands until he was fired by the bank in 2002. He is going to go on trail in Switzerland for breaching bank secrecy.

Wikileaks is going to get two CDs which will contain names and account information of around 2000 individuals who have parked money offshore. Yesterday it was hoped that Julian Assange would be there to pick up the CD, but it is not clear if that would be a breach of probation.

Elmer said that WikiLeaks was his last hope as he  couldn't get my message out. Blum, Elmer's lawyer, told Reuters: "The story is really about banks and banking, about bank secrecy and the damage it does to society when it's employed to hide tax evasion, money laundering and corruption."

Elmer told the Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag that the data involved multimillionaires, international companies and hedge funds from countries including the United States, Germany and Britain.

Nick Farell

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+15 #1 JAB Creations 2011-01-17 12:05
Those with power will almost always abuse their power; no child of anyone rich should ever grow up expecting everything to be given to them otherwise we get...this for news articles on Monday mornings. :sigh:
+10 #2 123s 2011-01-17 14:06
awesome, just awesome :)
+5 #3 kartikkg 2011-01-17 14:58
dont rejoice! they are not going hand over the money to you guys :lol:
-31 #4 xochipilli 2011-01-17 14:59
It would be nice if Fudzilla skipped these wikileaks news becasue it has nothing to do with the content of this news site. Better concentrate on things you know something about. Wikileaks seem like a big scam in production - its a cool new meme that will be used by the people in charge of things, the people who own half of this planet. They are (at least it looks like that, especially when you consider the massive support from mainstream media) trying to centralize this whole leaking thing and have it under control. They will push for more regulations (benefiting their big corporations) and generaly push the conversation in media (which they control) towards their direction. And we all could be naively kept safe that everything unjust in this world is taken care of. Oh, sweet ignorance.
+18 #5 123s 2011-01-17 15:17
Wikileaks is an important part of the internet now, so obviously it fitts here.

I dont think anybody expects that all the unfair shit gets fair suddently but informations is a must before anything happens and if couple greedy rich guys have to pay a little and 1-2 banks go bankrot, its better then nothing.
-7 #6 xochipilli 2011-01-17 16:35
Well, couple of lucky guys get rich from millions while the rich elites grab trilions thanks to their central banking pyramid scheme. Those will profit from wikileaks - otherwise they wouldn't push this into their mainstream media.

But this type of discussion simply is not fit for an IT blog. This is rather about politics, economics and other disciplines. This story doesn't even touch the only side fudzilla should be writting about - freedom of speech. Let us know about that, but why follow each nonevent in this wikileaks story?

Its nice to have some sort of leaking websites - but why one? People should take things into their own hands and start leaking through various sources - not just one they see on TV.
+6 #7 123s 2011-01-17 16:57
Actualy there are a lot leak sites but wikileaks were smart eought to get as much promo, so they are on TV and i dont think "normal" people care about stuff that isnt on TV, sadly.

"Their" media, doesnt say anything, just because they own them, they cant control all the informations there, wikileaks got too famous over the interwebs to ignore it and thats why every bit promo like this is good.

True, its mainly politics subject but internet too, you dont complain about FB news either or ?
+1 #8 xochipilli 2011-01-18 17:07
Of course media control what information they provide for the public - and their owners make that decision - its like fudzilla, they can comment on things they want in a way they want. there's no point in arguing about it. Yes, they say they are free, objective, etc, but in reality they at least put their own spin to it. Another thing is that they provide people with different opinions (with safe boundries) and slowly shape the conversation and take it their own way where they like it.
-1 #9 xochipilli 2011-01-18 17:09
Your explanation of recent surge in interest over wekileaks that its only them that are smart enough to want to be publicized is very weak. You must feel it as well :) Its no coincidence and Julian is not that handsome. I don't think its a good idea to allways trust everything that you are being fed. I am not stating anything - I don't know anything - I just watch carefully and analyze.
0 #10 xochipilli 2011-01-18 17:10
I admitted that wikileaks is part of the fudzilla scope - I was just initially surprised to see so much info about this everywhere, and again here. Even such a nonevent (from IT perspective) as this article is describing. Just don't get cought in this sort of news too often. And yes, facebook news are not very interesting - just some of it - its the same as with this article. Its never a bad idea to choose more carefully what gets into news (and I know sometimes it hards like yesterday with little news because of a public holiday).

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