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Assange says banks next target

After sending shock waves across world capitals leaking a quarter million State Department cables, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has threatened to unleash tens of thousands of documents that could “take down a bank or two.”

world Updated: Dec 01, 2010 01:20 IST

After sending shock waves across world capitals leaking a quarter million State Department cables, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has threatened to unleash tens of thousands of documents that could “take down a bank or two.”

A fresh “megaleak” will target a “big US bank early next year,” he told Forbes in an interview posted on Monday without naming the bank.

“Yes. We have one related to a bank coming up, that’s a megaleak.”

The bank leak 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,” Assange said. “Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation.”

He compared the coming documents to the emails that exposed US energy giant Enron’s dealings amid its collapse.

Assange also told Forbes that the whistleblower website has material on many businesses and governments, including in Russia, and that it has some documents on pharmaceutical companies, which he did not identify.

Assange said that “about 50%” of documents held by WikiLeaks relate to the corporate world.