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In an interview with Forbes, Julian Assange hints that WikiLeaks may soon be going after the people who torpedoed the world economy. Assange tells reporter Andy Greenberg that about 50% of the documents WikiLeaks is sitting on relate to the private sector, and teases that the site may reveal damning information about an American bank:
Q: So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?
Assange: Yes, but maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two.
Q: That sounds like high impact.
Assange: But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things.
Q: Will we?
Assange: Yes. 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.
Q: Is it a U.S. bank?
Assange: Yes, it’s a U.S. bank.
Q: One that still exists?
Assange: Yes, a big U.S. bank.
Q: The biggest U.S. bank?
Assange: No comment.
Q: When will it happen?
Assange: Early next year. I won’t say more.
Q.: What do you want to be the result of this release?
Assange: [Pauses] 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.
Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation. For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails. Why were these so valuable? When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.