WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could start publishing leaked details of Swiss bank tax accounts
Rudolf Elmer, a former Swiss bank employee, handed over two CDs containing the information to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in London.
Mr Elmer said he wanted to expose mass potential tax avoidance before he flies back to Switzerland to stand trial accused of stealing information from a bank.
The CDs are understood to include the details of 2,000 wealthy individuals and corporations, including 40 politicians and some celebrities.
Mr Elmer declined to give any information about the “high net worth” individuals and companies on the CDs, however, although he said that those named were from Britain, the US, Germany, Austria, Asia and “all over”.
He has previously said they include “business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates”.