WikiLeaks’ Plan To Take Down A Major Bank

Julian Assange, perhaps THE man of the media moment, says that early in 2011 WikiLeaks will disclose documents so damning that their release could “take down a bank or two.” Finally perhaps, some retribution for the Plunder of America by the banksters? From Andy Greenberg’s interview with Assange for Forbes:

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Forbes: Is it a U.S. bank?

Assange: Yes, it’s a U.S. bank.

One that still exists?

Yes, a big U.S. bank.

The biggest U.S. bank?

No comment.

When will it happen?

Early next year. I won’t say more.

What do you want to be the result of this release?

[Pauses] I’m not sure.

It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.

Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation. For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails. Why were these so valuable? When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.

This will be like that. Yes, there will be some flagrant violations, unethical practices that will be revealed, but it will also be all the supporting decision-making structures and the internal executive ethos that cames out, and that’s tremendously valuable. Like the Iraq War Logs, yes there were mass casualty incidents that were very newsworthy, but the great value is seeing the full spectrum of the war.

You could call it the ecosystem of corruption. But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest. The way they talk about it…

[continues at Forbes]

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  • DeepCough

    Damn, Julian Assange got some balls.

  • DeepCough

    Damn, Julian Assange got some balls.

    • Hadrian999

      why not run with it, they can only kill him once

  • Hadrian999

    why not run with it, they can only kill him once

  • Orionx3000

    100$ bucks says this guy is the one who reveals ufo and dies for it. there i said it first

  • Orionx3000

    100$ bucks says this guy is the one who reveals ufo and dies for it. there i said it first

    • Ironaddict06

      Yea, that’s what I’d love to see-the Black Budget programs. I doubt that we will see any more documents regarding ufo, ebe’s, new engery source, etc because these projects are now in the private sector. Maybe though some of these men/women on their death bed will reveal all their secrets-LIKE-
      Ben Rich, Lockheed Skunk Works director, has admitted in his Deathbed Confession that…

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Julian Assange is the man the biggest inspiration nowdays.

  • etnad333

    Yes, Julian Assange is the man the biggest inspiration nowdays.

  • NoNameMcGee

    Man, how about he release stuff from other countries for a bit. I like truth, but now it feels less like truth and more like an agenda.

  • NoNameMcGee

    Man, how about he release stuff from other countries for a bit. I like truth, but now it feels less like truth and more like an agenda.

  • NoNameMcGee

    Man, how about he release stuff from other countries for a bit. I like truth, but now it feels less like truth and more like an agenda.

  • NoNameMcGee

    Man, how about he release stuff from other countries for a bit. I like truth, but now it feels less like truth and more like an agenda.

  • NoNameMcGee

    Man, how about he release stuff from other countries for a bit. I like truth, but now it feels less like truth and more like an agenda.

    • Fiver

      I agree and I’d still be glad for him to take a shot at the banking system.

    • dumbsaint

      Don’t make the mistake of pinning everything on Assange. He’s only passing on what is given to the site by whistle-blowers after all. Check out Wikileaks itself. A lot of stuff is exposed, you’re just hearing about the stuff that makes the news.They did a great thing for Australia last year by leaking the proposed internet blacklist. It showed that a lot of stuff was blocked that had no reason to be and was a great blow to the net censors.While the source of the recent dumps was American it was exposing stuff from all over the Globe – China in particular, most notably the fact that they’re willing to drop North Korea as an ally. I can’t think of anything leaked about the USA that was more volatile than that nugget.

      • 5by5

        In fact, he’s getting so much from whistleblowers who have no other outlet, they’re having to turn people away, because they’re overwhelmed.

    • Ironaddict06

      I agree. That is the same thought I had on a previous post. Julian has yet to release anything that could be a threat to his life. Yes there have been releases about Russia and China, but they are with a broad stroke. He does not give specific agencies or names. He know the U.S. wont go out of its way to eliminate him and if the U.S. did it could be huge blowback, which I think the U.S. wants to avoid.

  • Alazile

    Wikileaks make the world more confused, but in the same time it can be good for the future……

  • Alazile

    Wikileaks make the world more confused, but in the same time it can be good for the future……

  • Fiver

    I agree and I’d still be glad for him to take a shot at the banking system.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t make the mistake of pinning everything on Assange. He’s only passing on what is given to the site by whistle-blowers after all. Check out wikileaks itself, a lot of stuff is exposed, you’re just hearing about the stuff that makes the news.They did a great thing for Australia least year by leaking the proposed internet blacklist. It showed that a lot of stuff was blocked that had no reason and was a great blow to net censors.

    While the source of the recent dumps was American it was exposing stuff from all over the Globe – China in particular, most notably the fact that they’re willing to drop North Korea as an ally. I can’t think of anything leaked about the USA that was more volatile than that nugget.

  • Anonymous

    It might be a pity if they go after Goldman Sachs. Didn’t they just do a deal to settle their fraud? I guess at worse it will shed new light on what went on.

  • dumbsaint

    It might be a pity if they go after Goldman Sachs. Didn’t they just do a deal to settle their fraud? I guess at worse it will shed new light on what went on.

    • 5by5

      I don’t want Goldman Sachs to “settle” then go off and give themselves big bonuses. I want them in JAIL. They should be counting their lucky stars the American people didn’t have them strung up upside down on the White House lawn like Il Duce for putting all those people out of their homes and small businesses. Life sentences in jail is MERCY.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Fuck diplomatic cables…this is what I REALLY like to see. I just wish we had a judiciary with balls enough to subpoena this stuff so we didn’t need Wikileaks to make this happen…but alas…the fact that our judges generally tongue corporate ass and balls like lonely leathermen trolling the wharf for rough trade makes Assange and whistleblowers a necessary part of life.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Fuck diplomatic cables…this is what I REALLY like to see. I just wish we had a judiciary with balls enough to subpoena this stuff so we didn’t need Wikileaks to make this happen…but alas…the fact that our judges generally tongue corporate ass and balls like lonely leathermen trolling the wharf for rough trade makes Assange and whistleblowers a necessary part of life.

    • Tuna Ghost

      As a lonely leatherman trolling the wharf for rough trade, I take offense to your tone. Otherwise I’m in complete agreement, fuck these guys good and hard

  • Honu

    Ohhhhh HELLL YES. I really hope he does release documents that would take down a bank or three. The bail out was a huge heist of taxpayer’s money and completely against the philosophy of the ‘invisible hand of the marketplace’ that the right wing capitalists talk about in reverential tones. They F’d up and they deserved to go down end of story. Would others have suffered for it? Yes but at least it would have cleaned house and we could start again and without a doubt those banking mother f’ers wouldn’t do the same bullsh-t again. Instead they got bailed out, there’s been no one held responsible and it’s business as usual. People are calling for Assange to be arrested or even killed but I say it’s yin/yang. If the system won’t regulate itself then the regulation will come from somewhere.

  • Honu

    Ohhhhh HELLL YES. I really hope he does release documents that would take down a bank or three. The bail out was a huge heist of taxpayer’s money and completely against the philosophy of the ‘invisible hand of the marketplace’ that the right wing capitalists talk about in reverential tones. They F’d up and they deserved to go down end of story. Would others have suffered for it? Yes but at least it would have cleaned house and we could start again and without a doubt those banking mother f’ers wouldn’t do the same bullsh-t again. Instead they got bailed out, there’s been no one held responsible and it’s business as usual. People are calling for Assange to be arrested or even killed but I say it’s yin/yang. If the system won’t regulate itself then the regulation will come from somewhere.

  • duey

    I hate to be a negative prick but why do they have to PLAN to release anything? Just release it now. Why give them a couple months to plunder as much as possible?

  • duey

    I hate to be a negative prick but why do they have to PLAN to release anything? Just release it now. Why give them a couple months to plunder as much as possible?

    • Ironaddict06

      That’s what I think. Ok now everybody knows Julian has this so-called damaging information that could bring down a bank or two and some very wealthy and powerfull indivduals. If any of these people really felt threaten would Julian still be walking? No death threats on all the information Julian has released?
      Only a possible prison sentence in Dubai?

    • Jim Beach

      The announcement does build the anticipation, and thus increases the splash the information will eventually make. Like announcing a record or a movie release. Good PR, this time hopefully in the service of something that will have some effect and not just distract the masses.

    • 5by5

      Because they found that giant document dumps with no context get reported on less, and since we have a thoroughly incurious joke of a press corp, he’s now breaking the information up into chunks and also thus extending the news cycle that covers it so that people actually HEAR the specifics.

      With this much data, you can lose the forest for the trees.

      Basically, he’s doing the press’ work for it, point out the really big sections.

  • Larmar

    Will Julian be remembered as a hero or will the Oligarchy so vilify him that others contemplating raging against the machine will take pause and keep quiet?

    In my view Julian is a true patriot of the world.

  • Larmar

    Will Julian be remembered as a hero or will the Oligarchy so vilify him that others contemplating raging against the machine will take pause and keep quiet?

    In my view Julian is a true patriot of the world.

  • Tuna Ghost

    As a lonely leatherman trolling the wharf for rough trade, I take offense to your tone. Otherwise I’m in complete agreement, fuck these guys good and hard

  • Ironaddict06

    Yea, that’s what I’d love to see-the Black Budget programs. I doubt that we will see any more documents regarding ufo, ebe’s, new engery source, etc because these projects are now in the private sector. Maybe though some of these men/women on their death bed will reveal all their secrets-LIKE-
    Ben Rich, Lockheed Skunk Works director, has admitted in his Deathbed Confession that…

  • Ironaddict06

    I agree. That is the same thought I had on a previous post. Julian has yet to release anything that could be a threat to his life. Yes there have been releases about Russia and China, but they are with a broad stroke. He does not give specific agencies or names. He know the U.S. wont go out of its way to eliminate him and if the U.S. did it could be huge blowback, which I think the U.S. wants to avoid.

  • Ironaddict06

    That’s what I think. Ok now everybody knows Julian has this so-called damaging information that could bring down a bank or two and some very wealthy and powerfull indivduals. If any of these people really felt threaten would Julian still be walking? No death threats on all the information Julian has released?
    Only a possible prison sentence in Dubai?

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  • Jim Beach

    The announcement does build the anticipation, and thus increases the splash the information will eventually make. Like announcing a record or a movie release. Good PR, this time hopefully in the service of something that will have some effect and not just distract the masses.

  • Anonymous

    With so many nasty bubbles to burst, Assange is a virtual thornbush. May its thorns grow long and sharp.

  • Anonymous

    With so many nasty bubbles to burst, Assange is a virtual thornbush. May its thorns grow long and sharp.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    With so many nasty bubbles to burst, Assange is a virtual thornbush. May its thorns grow long and sharp.

  • 5by5

    I now offficially like this guy.

  • 5by5

    I now offficially like this guy.

  • 5by5

    Because they found that giant document dumps with no context get reported on less, and since we have a thoroughly incurious joke of a press corp, he’s now breaking the information up into chunks and also thus extending the news cycle that covers it so that people actually HEAR the specifics.

    With this much data, you can lose the forest for the trees.

    Basically, he’s doing the press’ work for it, point out the really big sections.

  • 5by5

    In fact, he’s getting so much from whistleblowers who have no other outlet, they’re having to turn people away, because they’re overwhelmed.

  • 5by5

    I don’t want Goldman Sachs to “settle” then go off and give themselves big bonuses. I want them in JAIL. They should be counting their lucky stars the American people didn’t have them strung up upside down on the White House lawn like Il Duce for putting all those people out of their homes and small businesses. Life sentences in jail is MERCY.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Since Goldman Sachs got off with afterschool detention for out-and-out bank fraud in marketing securities that they themselves actively knew were worthless, I really have to wonder what could be so bad that it’s drawing so much new attention.

    My guess: Some bizarre combination of white slavery, ritual murder, pedophilia and bestiality. The only ‘morality’ that seems to matter in the U.S. anymore is sexual ‘morality’. Business fraud seems to be encouraged.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Since Goldman Sachs got off with afterschool detention for out-and-out bank fraud in marketing securities that they themselves actively knew were worthless, I really have to wonder what could be so bad that it’s drawing so much new attention.

    My guess: Some bizarre combination of white slavery, ritual murder, pedophilia and bestiality. The only ‘morality’ that seems to matter in the U.S. anymore is sexual ‘morality’. Business fraud seems to be encouraged.

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  • Kest

    please let it be Chase. They are crooks.

  • Kest

    please let it be Chase. They are crooks.

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