Bank of America May Be Wikileaks' Next Target
Senior Editor, CNBC.com
Bank of America may be the next target of a cache of Wikileaks documents.
Earlier this week, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said that he planned to release tens of thousands of documents on one of the largest banks in the U.S. The documents would reveal unethical behavior at the bank that would likely prompt official investigations and reforms, Assange said.
Assange refused to reveal which bank was the source of the documents.
But in an interview last year, Assange said Wikileaks had acquired a huge cache of documents on Bank of America.
"At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives," he said. "Now how do we present that? It's a difficult problem. We could just dump it all into one giant Zip file, but we know for a fact that has limited impact. To have impact, it needs to be easy for people to dive in and search it and get something out of it."
That interview did not gain much notice at the time, in part because it was given to Computer World rather than the financial press. But now it has been picked up by Sahil Kapur at theRaw Storyand Ryan McCarthy, the business editor at Huffington Post. We expect it's about to get a lot of attention.
Bank of America sounds skeptical of Assange's claims. "More than a year ago WikiLeaks claimed to have the computer hard drive of a Bank of America executive. Aside from the claims themselves, we have no evidence that supports this assertion. We are unaware of any new claims by WikiLeaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America, " said a spokesman for the bank.
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