Swiss tax whistleblower to give WikiLeaks new data: report
ZURICH | Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:33am EST
ZURICH (Reuters) – 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.
“The documents show that they hide behind banking secrecy, probably to avoid tax,” Elmer told the newspaper.
He said he understood the data would likely not immediately show up on WikiLeaks while it went through a vetting process, however.
He said the data involved multimillionaires, international companies and hedge funds from several countries including the United States, Germany and Britain