Earlier this morning, a disgruntled employee of the private Swiss bank Julius Baer handed over two CDs with the data of “2000 prominent people” to Wikileaks, which is currently vetting this information and will likely post it online within the next few weeks. The disks contain information about the financial transactions of “financial firms and wealthy individuals” from countries including the UK, U.S., and Germany.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told the press earlier today that the group will likely hand the data over to other groups like the Tax Justice Network and financial media outlets to help WikiLeaks vet the information before it is posted online.
According to Reuters, the whistleblower, Rudolf Elmer (55), used to be the head of Julius Baer’s office in the Cayman Islands until he was fired in 2002. Elmer was one of the first whistleblowers to use WikiLeaks when he handed over the first batch of his data to the then-obscure site in 2007.