A former Swiss banker has reportedly passed on data containing account details of at least 2,000 prominent people to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The data was contained on two discs given to Assange by Rudolf Elmer at a press conference in London. The information has not yet been published on the WikiLeaks website.
Elmer has been charged in Switzerland of violating bank secrecy laws, and his tial is scheduled to begin Wednesday. He has given information over to WikiLeaks before, leading to his dismissal from the Swiss bank Julius Baer in 2002.
It is not known what activities are contained in the latest information handed over to WikiLeaks, but Assange commented that Elmer's previous data has shed light on tax evasion, the hiding of proceeds from criminal activities, and “ the protection of assets of those about to fall out of political favor.”