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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/17/2010

WikiLeaks' Assange says he'll release bank information in Jan.

By Sarah Halzack

In an interview with CNBC on Friday, Julian Assange said his organization plans to release information about banks some time in January.

The WikiLeaks founder did not say which firms would face leaks or what type of data or information that would entail. But in recent weeks, speculation has swirled that Bank of America is the prime target. Those assumptions are largely based on an October 2009 interview that Assange gave to Computer World, in which he said, "At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives," he said. "Now how do we present that? It's a difficult problem."

Assange also said Friday that his organization "has been attacked" by banks in the United States, United Kingdom, Dubai and Switzerland. It was unclear what type of alleged attacks he was referring to.

Keep an eye on how Bank of America's stock performs today. The last time Assange spoke of his plans to release information about a financial institution, Bank of America's stock dropped more than three percent.

Here's CNBC's report:


By Sarah Halzack  | December 17, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
 
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I never thought that I would defend banks but the nonsense coming from the WikiLeaks patronizing network and its ego-centric anti-everything-but-me leader Assange has achieved just that.

So what specific attacks have the banks perpetrated toward WikiLeaks? Have they perhaps actually discussed how to defend themselves or limit the damage from his illegally hacked information without publishing their discussions on his patronage network first? How dare them defend themselves against the above-the-law WikiLeaks organization without prior consultation with the almighty one Assange.

Give me a giant break please! This emperor is so naked it screams. Those who fail to hear are so far gone in conspiracy theories or anti-Americanism that they are deaf.

Posted by: TomMiller1 | December 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

So any entity that offends Wikileaks
personnel (who jokingly wear masks to hide their identities and are reluctant to give a home address in order to get bail) could
theoretically face retribution--we might
look forward to reading our address, telephone number, medical/dental/
financial/education etc. histories on the Internet. Is not that a form of intimidation or terrorism? Today, State Department cables, tomorrow, bank information, some day, the world. Everything is on computerized records now--
it's just that most people respect others'
personal cyberspace. Just because something CAN be done, it doesn't mean it
SHOULD be done.

Posted by: vadata060440 | December 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Attacked in what way?"

Are these idiots really that stupid? Have they really not been paying attention?

Posted by: DamOTclese | December 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd love for the leaked docs to include the complete compensation package, contracts and all, for the CEO. Moynihan, the CEO of BofA, and his counterparts, should be losing sleep over this!

Go, Wikileaks, go!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Refresh my memory here ...

Wikileaks does not normally convict anybody of anything, nor do they ever "settle with no admission of guilt".

This is some sort of problem for business as usual, SEC ?

Posted by: gannon_dick | December 17, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

One thing that still doesn't make sense about Assange is that he went a b-grader techie school. You see, Melbourne is like Boston, and Melbourne University is like Harvard, which is not a good engineering or techie school, while the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is like MIT, and is Australia's number one Architecture and Engineering and techie school (our professors at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology used to tell us that anytime we didn't feel like giving it our hundred and ten percent we could feel free to wash-out and take the mile hike to Melbourne University because Melbourne University would take b-graders), now if you were to tell some guy who went to MIT that a geek came out of Harvard and was threatening the world with his technical prowess (and I am not talking about Bill Gates who went to Harvard Law School - so that doesn't count) he'd laugh at you, similarly I have trouble not laughing everytime people talk about Assange's techie credentials - they made politicians at Melbourne University (its a law school, a business school and a med school) not techies nor geeks nor engineers nor architects (it stank in technical fields and engineering and architecture), their students spent their time looking prissy and not sitting infront of computers (unlike the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where the students spent their time sitting infront of computers - even in the nontechnical fine arts department). So who propped a b-grader like Assange up and why? lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 17, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

One thing that still doesn't make sense about Assange is that he went to a b-grader techie school. You see, Melbourne is like Boston, and Melbourne University is like Harvard, which is not a good engineering or techie school, while the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is like MIT, and is Australia's number one Architecture and Engineering and techie school (our professors at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology used to tell us that anytime we didn't feel like giving it our hundred and ten percent we could feel free to wash-out and take the mile hike to Melbourne University because Melbourne University would take b-graders), now if you were to tell some guy who went to MIT that a geek came out of Harvard and was threatening the world with his technical prowess (and I am not talking about Bill Gates who went to Harvard Law School - so that doesn't count) he'd laugh at you, similarly I have trouble not laughing everytime people talk about Assange's techie credentials - they made politicians at Melbourne University (its a law school, a business school and a med school) not techies nor geeks nor engineers nor architects (it stank in technical fields and engineering and architecture), their students spent their time looking prissy and not sitting infront of computers (unlike the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where the students spent their time sitting infront of computers - even in the nontechnical fine arts department). So who propped a b-grader like Assange up and why? lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 17, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It appears that some posters here need to learn what Wikileaks is about before commenting on the "techie" skills of Mr. Assange. Assange is not a hacker etc. nor does he claim to be. People from around the world are blowing the whistle by forwarding information to Wikileaks.

Banks are fair game, that's what this world recession is about. Greed graft and ponzi skills of the rich and famous will fall in kind.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Far more important than diplomatic tittle-tattle is getting into the public doain any information available about what the banksters have been up to. Little people across the western world are being robbed blind in the form of tax rises and public spending cuts in order to (illegally in my view) cover the loses of massively corrupt financial institutions. If wikileaks can shed light on their dishonest behaviour they will be performing a great service for the public good.

Bring it on, Assange.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

So far, there has been more sizzle than steak, and this guy acts like he is the crusader for justice when all he really seems to be is a self promoting, self aggrandizing, egotistical jerk.
In the end he may very well end up with a bullet in him. Not all of the people he is messing with enjoy having their stuff all over the web.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Well done Wikileaks! BofA has bullied too many for too long. It will be interesting to read what this bank has been getting up to behind closed doors.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, you need to do some basic investigative journalism. The 'attacks' that Assange refers to relate to financial restrictions placed on Wikileaks by large companies. These include Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and now Bank of America. Is this the true face of American Corporate so called Democracy?
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/12/17/1918671/bofa-cutting-off-wikileaks-payments.html

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-bottari/trapped-in-bank-of-americ_b_797001.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-confusing-reality-of-who-actually-holds-your-mortgage-note-2010-12

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/12/17/1918671/bofa-cutting-off-wikileaks-payments.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/646879/bank-of-america-ex-employees-took-databases


Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, you need to do some basic investigative journalism. The 'attacks' that Assange refers to relate to financial restrictions placed on Wikileaks by large companies. These include Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and now Bank of America. Is this the true face of American Corporate so called Democracy?

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America's democracy is NOT corporate. These are private businesses. There is no face of American Corporate so called Democracy because there is no such thing as American Corporate Democracy. The ‘American’ companies are within their rights as Mr. Assange is abusing his service agreements with these companies.

As far as the other posters cheering on disclosure of banking information would you be so cheerful if it was your (you hope) private information which was being disclosed? I bet that if your personal information ends up on Wikileaks that you will change your tune in a hurry.

Posted by: hollygarfield | December 18, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I love this lady ( see video ). The only thing that ain't jumping wit excitement when she talks about Mr. Assange is probably her bank account in Switzerland.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse


GO JULIAN!!

Astonishingly, our own government has been captured by the Banking Cabals that are offloading their BAD PRIVATE BETS onto the backs of taxpayers, and they have done nothing to prosecute them!

You are the only one speaking the TRUTH, and that must stand on it's own.

As Ron Paul has said, when our politicians start treating the simple TRUTH as treason, then this country is in big, big trouble.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse


Dick Durbin's quote about DC says it all--

"THE BANKS. They own this place"

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

He's announcing he'll release it in January in order to give the market (investors) time to turn on B of A. He knows that stocks are based on public opinion and the belief that they will rise or fall. Once investors lose confidence in B of A, or once they learn of underhanded dealings there, it could bring about lawsuits that will really hurt the bank. Go get 'em Julian!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read them. Although, I am sure we will need to go to La Monde or Der Spiegel for access to them. I will let others debate the merit of the disclosures while I and the rest of the world take this opportunity to get educated.

Posted by: NewThoughts | December 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of hysteria surrounding this man as evidenced by this:

Everything you needed to know about Julian Assange in 47 Seconds
http://bit.ly/gmd9D5

Apparently he studied Evil at the University of Melbourne!


Posted by: MarekB | December 18, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight: If someone breaks into your home and steals your personal information, then gives it to me and I post it on the web, I'm a hero?

Cool!

Posted by: sabbathfreak | December 18, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not entirely comfortable with a bank deciding to stop payments from its customers to any organization, simply because they have a dispute with that organization. It sets a bad precedent. What if Bank of America has a legal dispute with Amazon or another major retailer? Can they prevent their customers from shopping at Amazon? What if a bank determines that a charity or other non-profit has violated an agreement, or failed to make payments? Can they block all of their customers from donating to that non-profit? Is that legal?

Posted by: marvin_gardens | December 18, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I for one want to know western contributions to 3rd world corruption:
- allegation that the President of Sudan has stashed over $7B (!!!) w/LloydsBank
- how BP was able to cover up the CaspianSea gas blowout & what pressure it applied on Azerbaijan gov't. & the $10B theft???
- how Shell has such a lock on Nigerian oil that they claim to have informants in every ministry & knew of Gazprom interest w/Nigerian gov't
- why american co. Chevron was talking w/the Iranians contrary to UN sanctions sponsored by the USgov't
- why Pfizer conducted unauthorised tests on Nigerian children

where is America's moral outrage for the Truth?

oh well, since no one will get sued, we will have to wait for the other 237000 cables.....

Posted by: mgbgt95 | December 19, 2010 3:51 AM | Report abuse

I also don't like the financial institutions acting to block Wikileaks from processing transactions. It seems like tortious interference to me. If they have a legitimate claim against the company for doing something illegal, then let them prosecute it in a court of law. I am dubious about the sexual assault claims. I have seen enough of the legal system myself to know it is very often used as a tool of intimidation and financial attack.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that Wikileaks has had to expose such entities as B of A in this manner. HOWEVER, I also believe that it is long over due.

I am a victim of B of A / Merrill Lynch's fraud. There have been a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people have not been privy to. This is the reason why our "nations" are in such a state of despair. (Madoff, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Bros, AIG, UBS, the list goes on).

The goal, should not be to further collapse the "economies", but to expose those that continue in their fraud while they exploit the people (in a responsible manner). "Don't take my options away". Let me choose whether I am willing to accept the terms of doing business with you.

I believe that this mess that we are in, will ultimately force people to be more accountable in their affairs, and hopefully force the entities to do better, more honest business especially concerniing protection of their customers (LOL).

Sorry B of A karma is a B#%@!

Posted by: Anunya | December 20, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

America is a disgusting war machine. If you invade another country on false pretenses you have no right to any form of secrecy. America has put these people's life's at danger not wiki-leaks. Wiki-leaks has redacted most of the names of informants and people at danger. All I see is straw-man argument against them. Of course general opinion outside the Us and government bodies is in support of wiki-leaks and like all great heroes, Assange has been villianised by those whom he has exsposed.

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