WikiLeaks promises to reveal Swiss banking secrets
Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer, right, with Wikileaks founder Julian Assage after a press conference.
January 17th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

WikiLeaks promises to reveal Swiss banking secrets

A Swiss whistle-blower Monday handed over what he said were secret Swiss banking records to WikiLeaks, the website dedicated to revealing secrets.

Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed two discs to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a news conference in London.

WikiLeaks could release the secret Swiss banking records in "a matter of weeks" if it can process them quickly enough, Assange said.

Elmer said he would not reveal the names in the records and said he was unable to say how many people were involved.

He said about 2,000 clients' records were included, but that because of the way trusts and corporations are set up, he could not determine how many individuals were involved.

Elmer describes himself as an activist/reformer/banker.

"I think, as a banker, I do have the right to stand up if something is wrong," he said Monday, explaining why he was giving the documents to the website.

Elmer is due to go on trial Wednesday in Switzerland for violating the country's banking secrecy regulations.

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  1. Reformer

    Well i hope it has names of all the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who steal public money...

    January 18, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dinesh

    I am sure Sonia/Rahul Gandhi's name would be on top of list to have money in Swiss Bank. See SONIA/RAHUL GANDHI Exposed on YOUTUBE. COM by Dr Swamy. Every Indian who's names comes out stacking Looted money in Swiss Bank must be arrested under NSA and Officially named " TRAITOR ". Julian Assanje should be Honored as " BHARAT RATNA " for his Great Patroitic work to India which no Security Agency or Politician had done till today.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. whitmanguy

    Hmmm. Something tells me that these revelations should be required reading for all those who are constantly moaning about welfare cheats and how lazy the poor are.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. mist ryder

    Nature has funny ways for balancing the world, now she has given the job for now at least to Julian Assange

    January 18, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. nenita

    Dear all,

    Read Revelation in the Bible if you haven't. The time is near and all these things are supposed to happen and only the beginning. So, continue on and debate and insult each other until you die, but be very careful because some of us are already dead. This is very amusing however - to see all those debates and clever thinking. The only one to have a bit of sense in his debate is "mist ryder" Nature is God, and I think you know that. By the way, we all balance the world in one way or another - good or bad. Have a great day and keep entertaining us.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lee Oates

    Assange is a refreshing symbol in a world gone totally mad and wallowing in corruption and greed.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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