WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Wants To Spill Your Corporate Secrets by Andy Greenberg as published in Forbes.com.In a rare interview, Assange tells Forbes that the release of Pentagon and State Department documents are just the beginning. His next target: big business.
Early next year, Julian Assange says, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal documents will be exposed on Wikileaks.org with no polite requests for executives’ response or other forewarnings. The data dump will lay bare the finance firm’s secrets on the Web for every customer, every competitor, every regulator to examine and pass judgment on.
(For the full transcript of Forbes’ interview with Assange click here.)
When? Which bank? What documents? Cagey as always, Assange won’t say, so his claim is impossible to verify. But he has always followed through on his threats. Sitting for a rare interview in a London garden flat on a rainy November day, he compares what he is ready to unleash to the damning e-mails that poured out of the Enron trial: a comprehensive vivisection of corporate bad behavior. “You could call it the ecosystem of corruption,” he says, refusing to characterize the coming release in more detail. “But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest.”I can only guess that the biggest fish amongst all US banks is Goldman Sachs although all of them appear guilty for so many illegal activities.
Regardless of your view of Wikileaks and the info it has released to date, this next dump should prove interesting and will hopefully be the cause of more "real" action on the part of our lawmakers.
A more concentrated effort on exposing the misdeeds and illegal activities of our Too Big Banks will also - I hope - expose those in our government who aided and abetted, condoned and even instructed their actions.
To read the full post in Forbes...click here