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Former Swiss banker hands over offshore banking details to WikiLeaks

LONDON – A former Swiss banker on Monday publicly turned over to WikiLeaks confidential offshore banking details of about 2,000 account holders, setting the stage for new revelations by the whistleblower group.

“I am against the system, and I know how the system works, I know that from a day-to-day business,” said Rudolf Elmer, a former senior banker who worked in the Cayman Islands office of the Swiss bank Julius Baer.

Speaking at a news conference here, Elmer refused to be drawn out on the names of the wealthy bank clients he suggests are guilty of tax evasion. But Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, said in accepting the banking documents that their public release could come within weeks, or as soon as the dossier can be vetted.

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