US banks nervously await next WikiLeak
NEW YORK: Julian Assange is the scourge of international diplomacy, the subject of an arrest request by international police group, Interpol, and a man accused of numerous sexual crimes. His internet whistleblower site, WikiLeaks, is soon to add his new target, the US banking industry, to his list of enemies.
Assange now claims to have plenty of dirt on at least one major US bank and has assured the media that the contents will be revealed shortly. The news sent the US banking industry into a tailspin yesterday, with the finance community guessing who the subject might be. Assange told Forbes magazine to expect the revelations early next year and that the megaleak would ''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 said he is ready to unleash tens of thousands of documents that could ''take down a bank or two''. The market immediately took bets that the Bank of America was the target, causing its share price to take a hit. Assange has both captivated the public and angered and embarrassed governments around the world who have claimed he has threatened national security. His latest round of diplomatic leaks placed a grenade under international diplomacy this week - in particular the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who was revealed as making disparaging remarks about numerous world leaders. While nations go into overdrive attempting to mend relationships with each other, no one has suggested that the information posted on WikiLeaks is inaccurate. -PB News