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Who is right here? The story of 'WikiLeaks' (Category: General Business)

A site named "WikiLeaks" which purports to be a "Whistleblower" site was closed down yesterday due to a court order. A Swiss bank had won the judgement claiming that confidential, stolen documents had been posted that included personally identifiable information on clients.

Although the US site is no longer able to be accessed, other countries have no such requirement. Here is a mirror site so that you can see for yourself:

According to Wikileaks, "The outcry had followed a complaint by legal representatives of Bank Julius Baer (BJB), a Swiss bank. They accused Wikileaks of having leaked confidential information and details about tax evasion and money laundering by BJB clients in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. The lawyers described Wikileaks' existence as "illegal", and that it had no right to publish stolen documents submitted by people."

According to the BBC:  The case was brought by lawyers working for the Swiss banking group Julius Baer. It concerned several documents posted on the site which allegedly reveal that the bank was involved with money laundering and tax evasion. The documents were allegedly posted by Rudolf Elmer, former vice president of the bank's Cayman Island's operation.

BBC Article titled"Whistle Blower site Take Offline"

What do you think? Should sites that publish possibly stolen, confidential information be able to stay in business?

Permalink | Wednesday, February 20, 2008