Who is Rudolf Elmer, WikiLeaks' newest leaker?
Former Swiss bank executive Rudolf Elmer with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange.
January 17th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Who is Rudolf Elmer, WikiLeaks' newest leaker?

On Monday in London, a former Swiss bank executive gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange two discs with the names of prominent individuals and companies the executive says are involved in tax evasion and other crimes.

Rudolf Elmer would not say where he obtained the information or which banks were involved. The discs outline wrongdoing by several dozen politicians and "pillars of society," he said. His motivation? He wants to "educate our society," he said. "I know how the system works. ... It's damaging."

Elmer was fired in 2002 from the Julius Baer Group. He ran the bank's Cayman Islands office for eight years. On Wednesday, he will go to trial in Switzerland on charges that he stole bank information. Elmer was reportedly held for a month in 2005, accused of falsifying documents and threatening people at the bank, among other allegations.

Julius Baer released this statement about Elmer: "After his demands (including financial compensation) in connection with the dismissal could not be satisfied, Mr Elmer embarked in 2004 on a personal intimidation campaign and vendetta against Julius Baer. The aim of his activities was and is to discredit Julius Baer as well as clients in the eyes of the public."

In 2008, WikiLeaks published hundreds of pages of secret Julius Baer banking records.

In addition to Elmer, Assange is also facing charges. Assange's sex crime investigation continues to play out in Sweden as he remains out of jail on bail. Assange is due in court in London in early February.

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  1. gebe

    Will there be more ? I think So!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jubril

    The developed countries all say Africa is corrupt yet their banks help hide Billions of dollars stolen by African Leaders (Like Abacha) , Most of this banks are in Switzerland, it's high time we know who this folks are and how much that have stashed away

    January 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keshav

      Yes. This is now our social responsibility to put pressure on the government in power in our state or country to put pressure on Switzerland to give up these practices and be transparent. Corruption is the main reason for poverty in this world. And banks in Switzerland are providing heaven to such corrupt and cheats to hide the billions looted from taxes to be paid to respective countries.
      I solute people like Rudolf Elmer who raised their voice against such a malpractice spoiling the entire world and encouraging crime. Bravo Rudolf!

      September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    I've often wondered who among our political, corporate, and religious leaders have Swiss bank accounts. Looking forward to kearning who these individuals are. Without wikileaks, might never have been able to find out. This 'whistleblower' went first to this employer and then to the authorities who would not listen. FINALLY, as a last resort, he went to wiki. Who in their right mind can find fault with this?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mj

    For all those non believers .. lemme tell u this .. the fact that wikileaks is looking for donations means everything they publish is THE TRUTH ... if it were a hoax they wud have made plenty of money cashing in on the worldwide attention they have ....
    but they did not ... beacaue it is about facts and not money ....

    January 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    And isn't it against the law to witness a crime being commited, and then not report it? It is extemely difficult for me to understand these people throwing rocks at this man. What would YOU do with information that crimes were being commited?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    I thought it was going to be R. Kelly

    January 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. coder

    besides the government – i wonder what the american banks are hiding....

    January 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skipper

      American banks?? You are obviously more into American bashing than the truth. Nothing can stand up to the dirty banking of the Swiss.... all the way back to some very ugly parts of world history. There are many other banking centers FAR more dirty than the US. Keep in mind, Wikileaks isnt just outing US dirty laundry – theres very dirty laundry ALL over the world.

      January 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. publius enigma

    You may stop Assange. If you try really hard you might even stop wikileaks. But it is far too late to stop the internet. It is built, everyone has it, and no one wants to give it up. You have no power over it.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. memyselfandi

    hypocrisy at it finest.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Skipper

    Right or wrong.... you cant pi$$ off that many wealthy, powerful dirtbags without something bad happening. I doubt he"ll see the age of 45. Probably much of his senior staff share his future.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. waiting for coffee

    Its "news and information" like this that has created the need for people who leak information. The blogger or bloggers starts with the question of who Rudolf Elmer is and answers it with information from the public relations wing of a humongous bank.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    I may not know what motivated this Rudolf Elmer but I'm glad he's doing what needs to be done. Hopefully some of the right-wing thugs in Washington will be exposed for what they really are!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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