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Swiss Bank Accounts List with Wikileaks: Any Indians?
Names of 2,000 secret Swiss account holders, including individuals and corporates from Asia, US and Britain, were today handed over by a former Swiss banker to WikiLeaks for being made public.

There was no indication whether any Indian account holder figure in the list since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who received the two discs containing the documents said that he would make it public in the future.

Rudolf Elmer, a former employee of Swiss-based Bank Julius Baer, said the account holders include celebrities, business leaders and lawmakers.

Assange, fighting cases to extradite him to Sweden to face sex charges, appeared alongside Elmer said he will expose attempts by these business leaders, corporations and lawmakers to evade tax payments.

"We will treat this information like all other information we get," Assange said. "There will be a full revelation."

According to a report in Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag, the data covers multinationals, financial firms and wealthy individuals from many countries, including the UK, US and Germany, and covers the period 1990-2009.

"The one thing on which I am absolutely clear is that the banks know, and the big boys know, that money is being secreted away for tax evasion purposes," Elmer told Observer newspaper.

He said the files being handed over to whistle-blower site WikiLeaks exposed activities in offshore financial centres.

At the press briefing, Assange said that, with his organisation focussed on the publication of its cache of about 250,000 diplomatic cables, it could be several weeks before Elmer's files are reviewed and posted in the WikiLeaks website.

The Swiss banker has previously leaked banking documents to the secret-spilling site and told journalists that he wanted to expose the offshore banking system.

"I want to let society know how this system works," he said. "It's damaging society."

The banker released the files two days before he is due to appear before a Zurich regional court to answer charges of coercion and violating Switzerland's strict banking secrecy laws.

Elmer said he would not reveal what specifically was in the documents, and would not disclose "individual companies or individual names" of the account holders.
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14/D-33
Jan 19, 2011
09:34 AM

we need to create people like Mr julian in India, to punish the corrupt and save the country from these parasites. 

gokul, chennai
13/D-31
Jan 19, 2011
09:32 AM

I support wikileaks and do anything /everything for her survival. wikileaks is Deciple of christ, decend to earth to expose the thieves, who exploted the poor

gokul, chennai
12/D-87
Jan 18, 2011
11:51 PM

 Julian Assange is a treasure,civil society of the world owes him security

raja, chandigarh
11/D-76
Jan 18, 2011
08:35 PM

Ticker says Hindustan Times ha sgot the least and the are going to rekease it today.

We must not forget that German Govt ha dgiven the list of 50 Indians whose black money accounts are in the German Bank .

Govt says they have levied the Tax on the Black Money walas !! The grape wine is high and mighty are involved and Govt is compelled to hide their names.SC is preesuriang the Govt to reeavl the names .

Woh Kaun  hein ??

a k ghai, mumbai
10/D-58
Jan 18, 2011
04:26 PM

Swiss Bank Accounts List with Wikileaks: Any Indians? -

Do Italian relatives and friends and associates also count?

bharat, delhi
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