Wik­iLeaks plans to re­lease a United State bank’s doc­u­ments

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WASHINGTON: The founder of whis­tle-blower web­site Wik­iLeaks plans to re­lease tens of thou­sands of in­ter­nal doc­u­ments from a ma­jor U.S. bank early next year, Forbes Mag­a­zine re­ported on Tues­day.

Ju­lian As­sange de­clined in an in­ter­view with Forbes to iden­tify the bank, but he said that he ex­pected that the dis­clo­sures, which fol­low his group's re­lease of U.S. mil­i­tary and diplo­matic doc­u­ments, would lead to in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

"We have one re­lated to a bank com­ing up, that's a megaleak. 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 in the in­ter­view posted on the Forbes web­site.

He de­clined to iden­tify the bank, de­scrib­ing it only as a ma­jor U.S. bank that is still in ex­is­tence. Asked what he wanted to be the re­sult of the dis­clo­sure, he replied: "I'm not sure. 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." He com­pared this re­lease to emails that were un­veiled as a re­sult of the col­lapse of dis­graced en­ergy com­pany En­ron Corp. "This will be like that. Yes, there will be some fla­grant vi­o­la­tions, un­eth­i­cal prac­tices that will be re­vealed, but it will also be all the sup­port­ing de­ci­sion-mak­ing struc­tures and the in­ter­nal ex­ec­u­tive ethos ... and that's tremen­dously valu­able," As­sange said. "You could call it the ecosys­tem of cor­rup­tion. But it's also all the reg­u­lar de­ci­sion mak­ing that turns a blind eye to and sup­ports un­eth­i­cal prac­tices: the over­sight that's not done, the pri­or­i­ties of ex­ec­u­tives, how they think they're ful­fill­ing their own self-in­ter­est," he said. As­sange also told the mag­a­zine that his group has ma­te­rial on many busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing in Rus­sia, and that it has some doc­u­ments on phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, which he did not iden­tify. -PB News

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