LONDON – A former Swiss banker was on Monday due to hand over files to WikiLeaks which he alleges detail attempts by wealthy business leaders and lawmakers to evade tax payments.
Rudolf Elmer, a former employee of Swiss-based Bank Julius Baer, told Britain's Observer newspaper on Sunday that the documents include details of about 2,000 accounts held in offshore financial centers. He says the account holders include "high net worth" celebrities, business leaders and lawmakers from the U.S., Britain and Asia.
Elmer, who has previously leaked banking documents to the secret-spilling site, was scheduled to hold a news conference later Monday at London's Frontline Club with a WikiLeaks representative. Vaughan Smith, the owner of the Frontline Club, said he couldn't say who the representative would be.
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Answer by LoriKeet at 9:03 AM on Jan. 17, 2011
"Most of us would like to be able to say, "Okay, I'll just wire the money from my Swiss bank account," because it is widely believed that Swiss bank accounts are only for the very wealthy. Hold on. Swiss bank accounts aren't just for millionaires, criminals or government officials trying to hide ill-gotten wealth, or celebrities protecting their assets from former spouses. Almost anyone with as little as $5,000 can open an account in Switzerland. And it is perfectly legal to do so. Lots of average people like you and me have Swiss bank accounts."
Only those who believe tired and worn liberal talking points believe there is some "nefarious" about having a Swiss Bank Account.
Answer by LoriKeet at 10:14 AM on Jan. 17, 2011
And also from the link above...it's no wonder this Elmer character is a FORMER Swiss banker..
"There is an important difference between bank accounts in the U.S. and those in Switzerland in terms of privacy. If your aim is asset protection and security, Switzerland has it all over the United States. In fact, people who live in countries with unstable governments and banks in particular often turn to Swiss banks because of their banking security and privacy laws. In Switzerland, if a banker divulges information about a bank account, even the existence of the account, without permission from the account holder, immediate prosecution is begun by the Swiss public attorney. Bankers face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to 50,000 Swiss francs."
Answer by LoriKeet at 10:16 AM on Jan. 17, 2011