Swiss Banker Gives WikiLeaks Damning Data On Wealthy Tax Evaders

Wikileaks logoAnother week, another round of WikiLeaks. Clearly there are no sacred cows and in fact it is the biggest targets who are going down fastest, from corrupt governments to cheating taxpayers. Playing the Bradley Manning role this time is ex-Bank Julius Baer executive Rudolf Elmer. AP/Yahoo News has the story:

A former Swiss banker on Monday supplied documents to WikiLeaks that he alleges detail attempts by wealthy business leaders and lawmakers to evade tax payments.

Rudolf Elmer, an ex-employee of Swiss-based Bank Julius Baer, said there were 2,000 account holders named in the documents, but refused to give details of the companies or individuals involved.

He has previously offered files to WikiLeaks on financial activities in the Cayman Islands and faces a court hearing in Zurich on Wednesday to answer charges of coercion and violating Switzerland’s strict banking secrecy laws.

“I do think as a banker I have the right to stand up if something is wrong,” said Elmer, who addressed reporters at London’s Frontline Club alongside WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“I am against the system. I know how the system works and I know the day-to-day business. From that point of view, I wanted to let society know what I know. It is damaging our society,” Elmer said…

[continues at AP/Yahoo News]

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17 Comments on "Swiss Banker Gives WikiLeaks Damning Data On Wealthy Tax Evaders"

  1. Waxindignant | Jan 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm |

    Looking forward to a bit of juicy news this time, Julian! Who do you reckon’s on the list? I’m hoping some high-ranking British politicians are on there, that would be awesome, and maybe Sirallan, The Beardy Git, Dirty Digger, oohh and if only Mr. T. Bliar is on there too that would make my day! Bring ’em down Jules! The greedy mofos…

  2. Waxindignant | Jan 18, 2011 at 11:49 am |

    Looking forward to a bit of juicy news this time, Julian! Who do you reckon’s on the list? I’m hoping some high-ranking British politicians are on there, that would be awesome, and maybe Sirallan, The Beardy Git, Dirty Digger, oohh and if only Mr. T. Bliar is on there too that would make my day! Bring ’em down Jules! The greedy mofos…

  3. emperorreagan | Jan 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm |

    I hope someone puts some odds on various public figures appearing on this list. I’d put money on the Kochs, Bono, and lots of other people.

  4. emperorreagan | Jan 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm |

    I hope someone puts some odds on various public figures appearing on this list. I’d put money on the Kochs, Bono, and lots of other people.

  5. emperorreagan | Jan 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |

    I hope someone puts some odds on various public figures appearing on this list. I’d put money on the Kochs, Bono, and lots of other people.

  6. Hadrian999 | Jan 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm |

    wonder how long til that guy turns up in a landfill or a torched car

  7. Hadrian999 | Jan 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

    wonder how long til that guy turns up in a landfill or a torched car

    • Ironaddict06 | Jan 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm |

      That’s what I wonder. According to the article Bank Julius Baer knew that Rudolf Elmer was going to give the documents to Wikileaks.

  8. WhiteRose | Jan 19, 2011 at 12:47 am |

    Seems like the only people not corrupt are the homeless… and that’s probably how they got that way! Mind you he is breaking the law revealing their secrets, you can leak to the tax man but not to the wiki man, DUH! When wikileaks becomes the world’s judge and jury there is a problem. .

  9. WhiteRose | Jan 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm |

    Seems like the only people not corrupt are the homeless… and that’s probably how they got that way! Mind you he is breaking the law revealing their secrets, you can leak to the tax man but not to the wiki man, DUH! When wikileaks becomes the world’s judge and jury there is a problem. .

    • emperorreagan | Jan 19, 2011 at 10:41 am |

      And that problem, of course, is the wholesale corruption of western governments. A little backlash against nations that portrayed themselves as beacons of virtue during the Cold War…

  10. emperorreagan | Jan 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm |

    And that problem, of course, is the wholesale corruption of western governments.

  11. Ironaddict06 | Jan 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

    Maybe Vegas will?

  12. Ironaddict06 | Jan 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm |

    That’s what I wonder. According to the article Bank Julius Baer knew that Rudolf Elmer was going to give the documents to Wikileaks.

  13. Ironaddict06 | Jan 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm |

    I hope the list includes some big time Hollywood stars and big name politicans that have never worked and some how have huge cash flow(R’s&D’s).

  14. Ironaddict06 | Jan 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    I hope the list includes some big time Hollywood stars and big name politicans that have never worked and some how have huge cash flow(R’s&D’s).

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