Assange’s Next Target? The Banks

by Daniel Foster

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tells Forbes his next doc-dump will take on a “major American bank.”

In a rare, two-hour interview conducted in London on November 11, Assange said that he’s still sitting on a trove of secret documents, about half of which relate to the private sector. And WikiLeaks’ next target will be a major American bank. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he said, adding: “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails.”

Assange later says the leaks “could take down a bank or two.” Then, when pressed:

Is it a U.S. bank?

Yes, it’s a U.S. bank.

One that still exists? Yes, a big U.S. bank.

The biggest U.S. bank?

No comment.

When will it happen?

Early next year. I won’t say more.