Plan to release info related to US bank next yr: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks plans to release thousands of internal documents related to a major American bank.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 00:13 AM IST

New York: Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks
plans to release hundreds of thousands of internal documents
related to a major American bank early next year, according to
a media report.

In an interview to Forbes magazine earlier this month,
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange said a "mega leak" related to
a US bank will be put up on its website.

"It`s not as big a scale as the Iraq material, but it`s
either tens or hundreds of thousands of documents, depending
on how you define it," Assange said.

Without disclosing specific details, he said the leaked
documents would be hosted on the WikiLeaks website early next
year and would be related to a big American bank.

In reply to a question on what he hoped to achieve by
making the leaked documents available in the public domain,
Assange said, "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."

Assange compared the leaked documents of the US bank to
the emails that were revealed after the collapse of US energy
major Enron.

"... There`s only one similar example. It`s like the
Enron emails... 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," he added.

Assange said that WikiLeaks is also in possession of
unprocessed information on pharmaceutical companies, besides
"some material on spying by a major government on the tech
industry. Industrial espionage."

WikiLeaks has already started releasing thousands of
highly-confidential US diplomatic communications.

PTI