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Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets...to WikiLeaks
The (Red) Guardian ^ | 1/16/11 | Ed Vulliamy

Posted on 01/16/2011 5:03:35 AM PST by markomalley

The offshore bank account details of 2,000 "high net worth individuals" and corporations – detailing massive potential tax evasion – will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history, Rudolf Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland.

British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, "approximately 40 politicians".

Elmer, who after his press conference will return to Switzerland from exile in Mauritius to face trial, is a former chief operating officer in the Cayman Islands and employee of the powerful Julius Baer bank, which accuses him of stealing the information.

He is also – at a time when the activities of banks are a matter of public concern – one of a small band of employees and executives seeking to blow the whistle on what they see as unprofessional, immoral and even potentially criminal activity by powerful international financial institutions.

Along with the City of London and Wall Street, Switzerland is a fortress of banking and financial services, but famously secretive and expert in the concealment of wealth from all over the world for tax evasion and other extra-legal purposes.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


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Full Title: Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaks
1 posted on 01/16/2011 5:03:36 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Why announce in advance something you are about to do which will apparently be so devastating to powerful interests? If it really is that devastating, he wouldn’t live to see it through...


2 posted on 01/16/2011 5:06:53 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I’ll bet there are some “progressive, liberal” names on that list. Not paying their “fair” share of taxes...


3 posted on 01/16/2011 5:09:26 AM PST by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: markomalley

On this I say: GOOD!


4 posted on 01/16/2011 5:10:38 AM PST by MichaelP (It's the end of the world as they know it, and I'm so glad!)
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To: markomalley; Liz; onyx; maggief; STARWISE; SE Mom; penelopesire

“approximately 40 politicians”.

Am betting the Clintons will be on the list.


5 posted on 01/16/2011 5:11:39 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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You can bet their names will mysteriously be omitted.


6 posted on 01/16/2011 5:14:48 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: chadwimc

al gore and clinton would be on the list


7 posted on 01/16/2011 5:15:27 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: All

Joe Lieberman


8 posted on 01/16/2011 5:16:35 AM PST by Doofer
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To: MichaelP

I’m no fan of Assange but if it pans out, this oughta be good... For all of us. I’d like to know why Charlie Rangel’s so chummy with Bermuda’s banking elite.


9 posted on 01/16/2011 5:19:59 AM PST by golux
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To: chadwimc

And they will be shocked and horrified at what their evil accountants did behind their backs.


10 posted on 01/16/2011 5:31:02 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a local RINO? Regardless of who you vote for, donate $$$ to a different district.)
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To: markomalley
Elmer says: "I agree with privacy in banking for the person in the street, and legitimate activity, but in these instances privacy is being abused so that big people can get big banking organisations to service them. The normal, hard-working taxpayer is being abused also.

Ah, good old class envy. It never ceases to delight. I wonder where the point is where one is no longer a "person in the street" and becomes one of the "big people". What's next? Tracking down everyone who avoides sales tax by purchasing online or by traveling to a neighboring state? Or maybe that should still be OK for "the person in the street" but not for the "big people". ;-)

11 posted on 01/16/2011 5:39:20 AM PST by rhombus
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To: markomalley

If it’s a threat to a Western tradition or institution, you can bet it’s standard issue Marxist ‘morality’ that is propelling this whistleblower. Of course, odds are that his political names will NOT be progressive ones.


12 posted on 01/16/2011 5:41:41 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: chadwimc

Didn’t Bernie Madoff “take out” all the rich Progressives already?


13 posted on 01/16/2011 5:42:25 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

“will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow”

Dead man walking. E-mailing or uploading would have been much better


14 posted on 01/16/2011 5:43:17 AM PST by mewykwistmas ("Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ")
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To: markomalley
The names on the CDs will not be made publi, just as a much shorter list of 15 clients that Elmer handed to WikiLeaks in 2008 has remained hitherto undisclosed by the organisation headed by Julian Assange, currently on bail over alleged sex offences in Sweden, and under investigation in the US for the dissemination of thousands of state department documents.

A cynic might think that the names are being withheld to give both Rudolf Elmer and Assange some leverage in fighting their international legal problems. If the names of famous politicians and other influential people appear on the list, governments might be pressured to go easy on the legal charges, or the names will be made public.

15 posted on 01/16/2011 5:46:02 AM PST by Will88
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To: markomalley
Now these are the kind of leaks that need to be leaked. This will expose the hypocritical politicians, RINO’s, Democrats, presstitutes, and businessmen that lie to us on a daily basis. I have no problem with this.
16 posted on 01/16/2011 5:51:15 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Will88

And WikiLeaks’ high-tech extortion racket continues.


17 posted on 01/16/2011 5:51:56 AM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: markomalley

Soros will be among the first few to put out a contract out on this guy......I think!


18 posted on 01/16/2011 5:52:17 AM PST by WellyP
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To: Will88

“approximately 40 politicians”.

Its going to fun to hear the spin on those Democrats.


19 posted on 01/16/2011 5:52:36 AM PST by scooby321
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To: WellyP
Soros will be among the first few to put out a contract out on this guy......I think!

Unless he works for SOros

20 posted on 01/16/2011 5:53:13 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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