Wikileaks to Target Wealthy Tax Evaders Next

posted at 8:35 am on January 18, 2011 by John Sexton

It’s been a tough week for Hollywood. First they get lambasted by Ricky Gervais at their own awards show, now this:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has threatened to reveal confidential offshore bank accounts of hundreds of the rich and famous.

A former Swiss banker handed the whistle-blower two CDs reputedly containing details of up to 2,000 wealthy individuals and corporations, including 40 politicians and various celebrities.

The ‘high net worth’ individuals are from Britain, America, Germany, Austria, Asia and ‘all over’, according to Rudolf Elmer, who said he wants to expose mass tax evasion.

The things celebrities have to suffer for their art…

The mention of 40 politicians is interesting as they obviously stand to be hurt by this revelation in a much more direct way. Is it possible Assange is looking for a little leverage here by announcing what he has in advance? This is his first press conference since his arrest. He has suggested in the past that the charges of rape against him in Sweden are politically motivated. He also continues to say he will fight extradition to face those charges. Brandishing a list like could certainly be seen by some as a threat. I guess we’ll see if anyone blinks.

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The more powerful people he cheeses off, the easier it’ll be to assassinate him and avoid the finger of suspicion. Just saying.

S. Weasel on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

The more powerful people he cheeses off, the easier it’ll be to assassinate him and avoid the finger of suspicion. Just saying.

S. Weasel on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

That finger always points to Sarah Palin./

Disturb the Universe on January 18, 2011 at 8:39 AM

I guess we’ll see if anyone blinks.

Blinks? Their eyes are stuttering…

right2bright on January 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM

I guess we’ll see if anyone blinks.

Pelosi?

Sekhmet on January 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Wait! Target in the headline is ramping up the rhetoric, isn’t it?

Disturb the Universe on January 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Only a liberal would take that bet…

right2bright on January 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I’m looking forward to this reveal.

myrenovations on January 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

That was the first thing I thought too. It will be very interesting. Especially the pols.

wi farmgirl on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Does Julian have any info on birth certificates?

Kissmygrits on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Lemme guess, in response to this, Obama recommends we move toward a global tax system managed by the U.N.

cntrlfrk on January 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I’m worried that Assange will selectively pick and choose from the 2000 and let like-minded individuals off the hook.

chansen9 on January 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM

This is getting serious. Excuse me, I must make a quick call …

OldEnglish on January 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Where does this little weasel get this stuff?
Go ahead Julian, release that one!
It is fun to guess who might be on the list of 40.

ORconservative on January 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Does Julian have any info on birth certificates?

Kissmygrits on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Only in Kenya, D’oh!

Chip on January 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

And I bet two of them are Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Where does this little weasel get this stuff?
Go ahead Julian, release that one!
It is fun to guess who might be on the list of 40.

ORconservative on January 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

What I read earlier this morning was, in this case, some former banker guy handed over former client information to Julian. Some sort of righteous indignation involved.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

This is getting serious. Excuse me, I must make a quick call rendezvous with my minisub, taking me to Panama

OldEnglish on January 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM

FIFY

Shy Guy on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

And I bet two of them are Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Meanwhile, Oprah is busy trying to buy the Swiss banking industry.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I bet we see more done to stop this information than the military and diplomatic secrets of the United States. I know that I should be consistent on this creep but I have to admit that I hope some who have made him a hero get bit.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Bet 90% of them are Democrats.

AZCoyote on January 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

That was the first thing I thought too. It will be very interesting. Especially the pols.

wi farmgirl on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

I was curious as to why so many very wealthy — and Black — entertainers and media moguls were *somehow together* this past “Holiday Season” in St. Bart.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Maybe he has the secret list of Obama’s bundlers and credit card payers……

search4truth on January 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

FIFY

Shy Guy on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Haha! That comes right after the call.

OldEnglish on January 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Assange could return home and “disappear” into the Aussie outback.

Crux Australis on January 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Ohhhh, not related, not really, no, don’t think so, well…

Guests: Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and Usher attended a party at the Nikki Beach restaurant on the island before Abramovich’s huge £3million party

That was last year. THIS year there were more of them there.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Meanwhile, Oprah is busy trying to buy eat the Swiss banking industry.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

FIFY!

search4truth on January 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Allow me to correct the headline: Wikileaks to Target Wealthy Republican Tax Evaders Next.

Does anyone really think that if maybe Billy Clinton is on the list, stuffing his speechifying income into a foreign bank to evade income tax, that Assmange would report him? Al Gore? John F’n Kerry?

I don’t think so.

slickwillie2001 on January 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

If there are American politicians involved, then we all know 95%+ will Democrat and only 5% will be GOP.

Of course the MSM wont mention what party the 95% are from !

And we know what they will say about the 5% !!

gozzak on January 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Allow me to correct the headline: Wikileaks to Target Wealthy Republican Tax Evaders Next.

slickwillie2001 on January 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Well C’om! Republican are the only ones that have any wealth anyway.

After all, the Oppressive-leftists take a vow of poverty and Never profit from their power.

/sarc.

Chip on January 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Seems to me Assange is just anti American. As much as the Dems desparately want this guy to help destroy the right, I don’t think little Julian gives a flip.

ORconservative on January 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

In a world where $600 is the price of a contract killing, going after people’s money is a sure way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to get himself killed.

J_Crater on January 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Allow me to correct the headline: Wikileaks to Target Wealthy Republican Tax Evaders Next.

Does anyone really think that if maybe Billy Clinton is on the list, stuffing his speechifying income into a foreign bank to evade income tax, that Assmange would report him? Al Gore? John F’n Kerry?

I don’t think so.

slickwillie2001 on January 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I don’t know — look at the last group of Wikileaks documents dumped and who they hurt — Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, believers in global warming. That’s why the left suddenly became more receptive to the Swedish rape charge story after mid-December and why Eric Holder’s Justice Department suddenly started preparing legal action and extradition efforts against Assange, because while the first two Wikileaks dumps embarrassed the Bush Administration, the last one was bad news for the Obama Administration. Once they found out Julian was non-partisan in his hatred for America, and they couldn’t convince him that — hey, we hate a lot of America, too, just like you, Julie — it was all-out war.

But even without the latest document releases, I would bet on the Swiss bank account info being more liberals, even if the majority of names turn out to be European. Libs in the U.S. are so naturally snobbish about Europe being better than America, of course the rich ones are going to dump their money in a secret bank account on that continent. Rich conservatives wanting to avoid the reach of Uncle Sugar’s tax department are more likely to go with an account in the Cayman Islands.

jon1979 on January 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Remember when the Democrats strong-armed Swiss Banks to release their client list to expose tax evaders, then did nothing? My guess is that this is the same document and we can expect two dozen plus class-warfare dems to get bit in the @$$.

Glenn Jericho on January 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Rich conservatives wanting to avoid the reach of Uncle Sugar’s tax department are more likely to go with an account in the Cayman Islands.

jon1979 on January 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

The rich conservatives wanting to avoid taxes does not bother me one bit. It is the typical liberal hippiecrite (those who want to see taxes raised, or even an expansion of entitlments)that I think will make for a good read. (Though I am not holding my breath, because I bet they will pick and choose whose name they will release.)
Also, I understand they will release names of those who have charitable trusts set up in Swiss accounts and access them for personal use.

Czarina on January 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

So….2,000 lawsuits against Swiss Bank for not keeping their account information out of the public???

albill on January 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

If its 90% liberals, you can expect the media to seize on the 10% who are not. They’ll even take left leaning independent richies and call them conservative extremists.

Also, This probably hits the Kennedy’s and the Kerry’s the hardest.

Cheesecakecrush on January 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

wanting to avoid the reach of Uncle Sugar’s tax department are more likely to go with an account in the Cayman Islands.

jon1979 on January 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I think the “bank information” that was given to Julian was from an ex-banker from somewhere in the Caymans or thereabouts. St. Barts is not as popular as it is with very wealthy Leftwingers for no reason and it isn’t necessarily due to the harbor rates.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

So….2,000 lawsuits against Swiss Bank for not keeping their account information out of the public???

albill on January 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I think the ex-banker who gave Julian the infomation on ex-clients (allegedly) was from a Cayman bank, thereabouts.

I’ll go find the article I read about this earlier this morning…

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

O.K., earlier article I read this morning was inaccurate as to Cayman-Swiss attributions…

Here’s what I just found more current:

Rudolf Elmer, an ex-employee of Swiss-based Bank Julius Baer, said there were 2,000 account holders named in the documents, but refused to give details of the companies or individuals involved.

He has previously offered files to WikiLeaks on financial activities in the Cayman Islands and faces a court hearing in Zurich on Wednesday to answer charges of coercion and violating Switzerland’s strict banking secrecy laws.

“I do think as a banker I have the right to stand up if something is wrong,” said Elmer, who addressed reporters at London’s Frontline Club alongside WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

It’s from an AP wire service article so who knows what the truth is.

Lourdes on January 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

How much tax information is there on Assange’s activities?

When will he release it?

How does he really make money?

Who pays him through these supposed “online donations”?

When will their names be “transparent”?

Goose/gander/ freelance anarchist spy.

profitsbeard on January 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Julian Assange is a doughy excuse for a human being. I don’t believer he has anything legitimate and I don’t believe there is any Swiss banker who supposedly gave him this account information. Whatever does come out, if anything, is an invention of someone who has probably watched too may James Bond movies in their youth. Off shore and Swiss bank imaginary moles just don’t do this sort of thing since their name and reputation is all they have. I think it’s all baloney.

jeanie on January 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Does anyone really think that if maybe Billy Clinton is on the list, stuffing his speechifying income into a foreign bank to evade income tax, that Assmange would report him? Al Gore? John F’n Kerry?

I don’t think so.

slickwillie2001 on January 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I agree, but more likely Clinton’s account will contain much more than speaking fees. I’m thinking these fees might look like pocket change against the sums from pardons granted to some notably rich individuals.

TXUS on January 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I love me some WikiLeaks, and not because I agree with Assange’s world view. No, what WikiLeaks has demonstrated is the mindset deficiency in our foreign policy. If our foreign policy were a living, walking person, that person would be a dishonest, corrupt, back-stabbing, and untrustworthy piece of garbage. Now maybe that’s the way the game(foreign policy)has always been played, but I doubt the Lord Our God is doing backflips in Heaven over the way we conduct ourselves with the rest of humanity.

We cannot speak of America being a “light unto the world” when we have Hillary Clinton looking for blackmail material on United Nations members. Nor can we promote “freedom and democracy” when we subsidize brutal, totalitarian regimes in the name of “global stability”.

So this is the value of WikiLeaks to me.

David2.0 on January 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Great, let’s start with John Kerry. Throw in Montel Williams to boot.

Hummer53 on January 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I agree, but more likely Clinton’s account will contain much more than speaking fees. I’m thinking these fees might look like pocket change against the sums from pardons granted to some notably rich individuals.

TXUS on January 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Not to mention the Chi-Coms, but I’ll mention them anyway!

oldleprechaun on January 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

So this is the value of WikiLeaks to me.

David2.0 on January 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Candyland is uninhabitable.

Reality is predatory and always was and always will be.

Freelance anarchist spies endanger us all with their fatal naivete.

No nation can survive on Sunday school rules or starry-eyed wishful thinking about human nature.

Until we become angels we might fight like hell to stay alive in a fallen world.

Assange is a delusional idealist who is getting people killed with his simplistic answers to a Chaos Theory level of global complexity.

profitsbeard on January 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Doesn’t this seem like blackmail to anyone else?

Threats to reveal embarrassing secrets in order to get the treatment you want?

That seems like blackmail to me.

Sackett on January 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

#1 nailed it. People with money have power. And they don’t like either the money or the power challenged. Little Julian had better have a body guard.

GarandFan on January 18, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Assange is a delusional idealist who is getting people killed with his simplistic answers to a Chaos Theory level of global complexity

Our foreign policy will kill thousands before Julian Assange has his first cup of coffee this morning.

David2.0 on January 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

am i the only one who doesn’t care that people are evading taxes?

MFn G I M P on January 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Assange is a delusional idealist who is getting people killed with his simplistic answers to a Chaos Theory level of global complexity.

Our foreign policy will kill thousands before Julian Assange has his first cup of coffee this morning.

David2.0 on January 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

If they’re jihadis, I’m good with that.

profitsbeard on January 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Does Julian have any info on birth certificates?

Kissmygrits on January 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM

If only.

esnap on January 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

This should be fun.

molonlabe28 on January 18, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Our foreign policy will kill thousands before Julian Assange has his first cup of coffee this morning.

David2.0 on January 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

And it differs from that of other nations how?

I wonder how much money the ME tyrants and corrupt government figures have spirited to Swiss banks? Is Assange willing to take on these despots and thieves?

onlineanalyst on January 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

…did i miss the major bank mega-leak?

equanimous on January 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Did he paint a big red “PLEASE SHOOT ME” on his back at the same time?

Hard-balling it with the Big Boys can be dangerous, Jooolian…

mojo on January 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

We know most of Hollyweird is liberal. So that being said….why in heck are they out there screaming that the liberal way is better, and evading their taxes? I thought they LOVED paying taxes, that it was the right, and patriotic thing to do?

Oh wait. I get it. Just not THEIR taxes. Only ours!!! *sigh*

capejasmine on January 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Assange is starting to grow on me.

Jaibones on January 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Hm… Well I am not really surprised he is doing this.

Julian Assange does not care about politics, nations, people, or any of the havoc he causes by his actions. He is an amoral anarchist and the people who champion Assange are fools because eventually he will hurt them too. I think this is a lesson the American Left is going to learn very painfully.

They may try to buy him off, but I don’t think that will work. Assange wants to spill the dirt on everyone.

Shogun144 on January 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hopefully he unknowingly leaks some info on an Italian or Russian mobster.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Seems to me Assange is just anti American. As much as the Dems desparately want this guy to help destroy the right, I don’t think little Julian gives a flip.

But that is why dems love him. The vast majority of them are anti-American as well and want to see this country destroyed.

The Notorious G.O.P on January 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Note to Swiss banking dude, read American Assassin and don’t let your dogs out at 10:00 pm.

Alden Pyle on January 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Tsk, tsk. You used the word “target”. Now go sit in the corner and SHUT UP! /MSM

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 18, 2011 at 6:48 PM