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. Novice

    Maybe I'm stupid, but surely all this information Wikileaks has is theft

    January 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ishkabible

      Welcome to the information age why should my info be availble to everyone and not everyone else wikilieaks is freedom and the foundation to freedom wikileaks is thebestthingyet

      January 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Best way

      Wikileaks is the end to privacy and the beginning of an anarchist led, dehumanization.

      January 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      yup youre stupid

      January 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SATT

      yea, id have to agree with abe, youre definitely not very bright.

      January 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novice

      Thanks Abe for confirming I am stupid – so receiving stolen information isn't theft then

      January 19, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. keldoran

    I think that this guy has crossed the line.Enough with him.Pull the plug on his site!
    Sorry...your rights end when you hurt others!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • abe lincoln

      would you say that if all the information there is about muslim or arab corrupt leaders? I dont think so. Because youre a hypocrite. youd be all over it and advocating similar actions

      January 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajz

      you are an idiot, you are supporting the suppression of truth, why dont u just move to china or whatever, i hope julian releases all secrets and i hope the people who have done wrong get what they deserve!!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mist ryder

      The one who gets hurt is the fellow citizens of all the nations whose hard earned money is locked in safe box by some pigs who stole it and enjoying as if nothing happened. Even though i believe this revelation mostly wont hurt them (god forbid!), they are the big fish in the ocean of lies. Sinister people like yourself, who abuse the term "rights" are the ones giving chances to these pigs. Like nature has ways of balancing the world, now she has given the job for now at least to Julian Assange .

      January 18, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Novice

      If the information causes or reveals where sensitive facilities/personnel are – isn't this tantamount to sabotage/murder – it certainly hasn't made the world a safer place

      January 19, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    My eyebrow would raise had I a Swiss bank account. Funny how a would-be raised eyebrow turns into a frown ain't it.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Definitely an Elmer Fudd moment...

      January 17, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      This is quickly turning into somthing that you see at the checkout stand. Enquiring minds want to know.....pfffffft

      January 17, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. doug

    Now he is going after the real superpowers!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • tenorlord

      Yup! Their lives won't be worth a plugged nickle! However, if they DO manage to survive, all the conspiracy nuts have got to shut the hell up! No assassinated world leader ever did anything as "bad" as this!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. truthywood

    Now this is really getting interesting.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Middle America

    This should get interesting. Very stupid move though given the type of people that probably have swiss bank accounts. Expect to see some one get offed very soon.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank

    "Looks more like Assange receiving a gift from the country music awards". Elmer describes himself as an activist/reformer/banker. Whistle blowing tax dodgers are we Elmer? Not exactly the job of a banker.
    Whistleblowing Steuerhinterzieher sind wir Elmer? Nicht gerade der Job eines Bankers.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. duke

    It's funny,how wikileaks has been enlightening the masses about the corruption of our leaders,yet a good number of you people don't want the information out there??
    I guess it is your right to live on your knees!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenorlord

      Are you kidding? Christianity is based on "sheep envy"!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • ajz

      if you belive in religion, then you are nothng but a dumb sheep!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carlos

    Yeah, that's why Assange is getting the shaft. He should have stoud in the shadows rather than say, "Hey I am exposing everyone! I want attention too!" Ignorant people such as those who have that sort of character deserve whatever comes to them. You don't reveal who you are with so much damaging information. That's beyong stupid..

    January 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill Lawrence

    this guy needs protection as he is getting close to C.I.A. and political leaders

    January 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novice

      Surely he needs exposure – like he has exposed everyone else with things to hide?

      January 19, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. lovesystem

    now your on the right track julian!! this is were there real clever legitamate crooks hangout?

    January 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    Hopefully some of the right-wing thugs in Washington will be exposed for the crooks that they are!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SATT

    ye damn twit. Damn f should be executed. Austria and Switzerland will have your head for this!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SATT

    no but seriously, this is not ok. switzerland giving up its clients is tantamount to the whole world order coming crashing down. I wouldn't be surprised of DC got nuked one of these days. Geez.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SATT

    assange is a trouble maker, I mean, soon enough, I bet he;; stumble on security file, like aliens or something, and like, the aliens only attack if we know about them, and then, well,. then itsl ike bad.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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