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Fri Aug 10, 2012, 02:43 AM

2. The Bank of America email dud may also deserve careful re-examination:

In this case, Mr Assange promised revelations that "could take down a bank or two." In December 2010, Wikileaks warned people that Bank of America might not be safe and continued to promote rumors about the release. Bank stock prices were affected. BoA launched an internal investigation. In January 2011, Assange snickered about how much fun he had watching the banks squirm. By February 2011, he was indicating that he did hold a large trove of BoA documents but that they might not actually be very interesting. In August 2011, a Wikileaks defector reported destroying a number of BoA emails. By then, of course, Assange was complaining loudly about "an extrajudicial financial blockade by Bank of America"

That story is passing strange: one can perhaps only try to make sense of it by asking unpleasant questions. Was the whole BoA story merely a childish game by which Assange could enjoy watching the banks squirm? Was it just a crude stock-price manipulation? How did the BoA documents suddenly became so dull and uninteresting that they could finally be deleted without consequence from the system? Are these simple power games? Were documents being sold quietly instead of being released? Was there some borderline blackmail here?

... Wikileaks honcho Julian Assange told Andy Greenberg at Forbes that he was in possession of a trove of documents that "could take down a bank or two" ... Wikileaks would release it "early next year." Although Assange declined to name the bank or banks involved during the interview last November, he had mentioned having a hard drive of a Bank of America executive in an interview he gave a year earlier. Bank of America became so concerned that it could be the target of the leak that it formed an internal task force to investigate. The interview took place on November 11, 2010. And since then we've had nothing ...
The Great Wikileaks Bank of America Hoax
Published: Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
By: John Carney
Senior Editor, CNBC.com
http://www.cnbc.com/id/42762811/The_Great_Wikileaks_Bank_of_America_Hoax

Wikileaks Warns on Bank Of America: ‘Place Your Funds Somewhere Safer’
Mac Slavo
December 18th, 2010
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/wikileaks-warns-on-bank-of-america-place-your-funds-somewhere-safer_12182010

On Tuesday, the Times of London published the first newspaper interview with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange ... Assange elaborates slightly on the planned release in 2011 of a trove of documents from a major U.S. bank ... “We don’t want the bank to suffer unless it’s called for,” Assange told the Times‘ Alexi Mostrous. “But if its management is operating in a responsive way there will be resignations.” The Times only briefly mentions rumors that Bank of America might be that target ...
12/22/2010 @ 7:15AM
No, WikiLeaks Has Not 'Confirmed' It Will Target Bank Of America
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2010/12/22/no-wikileaks-has-not-confirmed-it-will-target-bank-of-america/

Bank Of America Stock Takes Hit After WikiLeaks Rumors, Then Rebounds
The Huffington Post
William Alden
12/01/10 08:56 AM ET
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/bank-of-america-wikileaks_n_790253.html

... a team of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised ...
Facing Threat From WikiLeaks, Bank Plays Defense
By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
Published: January 2, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/business/03wikileaks-bank.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he enjoys watching US banks "squirm" as he threatens to expose them with a "megaleak" of confidential documents. "I think it's great," Assange told the venerable US television news magazine 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. "We have all these banks squirming, thinking maybe it's them" ...
Assange relishes US banks 'squirming' over 'megaleak'
Accuses America of chucking free speech in rubbish bin

By Cade Metz in San Francisco
31st January 2011 05:06 GMT
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/31/assange_says_us_cant_take_wikileaks_down/

... KROFT: So it it might not be Bank of America BofA and you're just going to let them squirm until you get ready too -
ASSANGE: - I think it's great to have all these banks squirming thinking maybe it's them ...

Assange Tells 60 Minutes He Likes Watching Banks Squirm As They Prep For His Next Leak
By Ben Popken on January 31, 2011 11:00 AM
http://consumerist.com/2011/01/assange-tells-60-minutes-he-likes-watching-the-banks-squirm.html

WikiLeaks has data from Bank of America Corp., but founder Julian Assange isn't sure whether it holds any big news and it may be difficult to interpret, according to a Reuters report this week. The information consists of e-mails from an executive's computer hard drive, according to Reuters, which cited people familiar with Assange's private discussions. The most recent messages are from 2006, which would preclude information about the bank's 2008 Countrywide Financial Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. acquisitions. "Assange privately acknowledged the material was not self-explanatory and that he personally was unable to make much sense of it," the Reuters story Wednesday stated, citing the sources. "Assange indicated it would require a substantial amount of effort by financial experts to determine whether any of the material was newsworthy" ...
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011
WikiLeaks: Assange doubts value of Bank of America e-mails
Rick Rothacker | Charlotte Observer
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/11/108626/wikileaks-assange-doubts-value.html

... In an email to Reuters, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who last year was fired by Assange as WikiLeaks' co-spokesman, confirmed that he had destroyed "roundabout" 3,000 submissions WikiLeaks received related to Bank of America. Domscheit-Berg said that he had decided to destroy the material "in the interest of the security of sources" ...
Some of WikiLeaks' Bank of America data destroyed
By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:53pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/22/us-bankofamerica-wikileaks-idUSTRE77L55P20110822

... WikiLeaks is able to succeed because, unlike many of its forebears, it does not rely on advertisers, he continues ... WikiLeaks has other problems, however, writes Assange: "How do we deal with an extrajudicial financial blockade by Bank of America, Visa (including Visa Europe, registered in London), MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union, the Swiss PostFinance, Moneybookers and other finance companies, all keen to curry favour with Washington?" ...
Assange: “WikiLeaks is the intelligence agency of the people”
http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/04/assange-wikileaks-radical


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