Swiss Banker to Give Bank Data to WikiLeaks
Posted on Jan 16, 2011
A former Swiss banker is set to hand over even more financial data to WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer, a former Julius Baer employee, claims he has data on how the mega-rich have used offshore accounts and institutional loopholes to avoid tax payments.
Elmer is set to go on trial for breach of privacy in his home country of Switzerland on Wednesday. —JCL
A former Swiss private banker who was one of the first whistleblowers to use WikiLeaks by publishing internal bank documents on the site has pledged to hand over new data on offshore bank account holders on Monday, a newspaper said.
Rudolf Elmer, who was fired from Julius Baer in 2002 and who goes on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday for breaching bank secrecy, will hand over more data to WikiLeaks at a news conference in London, Der Sonntag reported on Sunday.
Elmer told the Swiss paper he would hand over two compact discs containing the names and account details of around 2,000 bank clients—including prominent business people, artists and around 40 politicians—who have parked their money offshore.
AP / Alessandro Della Bella
Julius Baer headquarters in Zurich.