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BP and Bank of America are Wikileaks next U.S. targets.  (Source: The Inquisitr)
Site's founder claims to have exclusive info from bank executive's hard drive

It must be hard for Wikileaks to come to come up with an appropriate second act.  The site aired close to 100,000 confidential documents from the U.S. military and 250,000 classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables.  The move left the U.S. government scrambling to try to control the damage that leaks had on it.

But 
Wikileaks must come up with an appropriate second act if it hopes to maintain its "Big Brother" global role.  Most of its leaks thus far have focused on targeting America.  It's already embarrassed the U.S. government.  So what could be better than gunning for the U.S. private sector?

The site reportedly is preparing to release a treasure trove of leaked information from a major U.S. bank.  Site founder Julian Assange aired the news in an interview with 
Forbes Magazine on Monday.  

Most believe that his target will be the much-maligned Bank of America.  Last year Mr. Assange in an interview with 
Computerworld reported having "several gigabytes" of data stolen off a Bank of America executive's hard drive.

Shares of Bank of America stock dropped on the New York Stock Exchange this week, as fears that the company could become the next target sunk in.

Another controversial Euro-American corporate giant also has reason to fear.  

BP p.l.c., an English company whose largest division is in the U.S., is reportedly also to be targeting by Mr. Assange's information attacks.  He claimed in the 
Forbes interview to have "lots" of secret BP data, and was merely trying to verify if it was all unique and unreleased.

One has to wonder, though, if the public may be somewhat apathetic to a BP leak after how much the company was lashed in the media following its notorious oil spill.  Nonetheless, the threat dropped BP shares down 2.5 percent on Monday, following the announcement (share prices have since risen back to around their previous trading levels).

Before its efforts to disparage the U.S. government's Middle Eastern war efforts, 
Wikileaks was best known for a leak of information from banking giant Julius Baer, which subsequently sued the site.



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RE: Who to side with on this one?
By sviola on 12/2/2010 11:39:00 AM , Rating: 0
I don't know the true agenda of Wikileaks, but it clearly is towards the US, as 99% of their leaks is towards the US government and enterprises.

On this BoA and BP thing, it is very interesting that he said he will put some secret information from the companies out in the near future.

Wouldn't taht infringe in some international laws? I mean, he can always say he has info on any open traded company, and see their stock plummet just so someone can buy the stocks and then release information that has no impact, allowing stock prices to rise and someone becoming rich.


RE: Who to side with on this one?
By The Raven on 12/2/2010 3:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
I really doubt that he is passing up criticism of the Russian gov't or anyone else. I think it is our culture of free speech and free thought and whistleblower safety that produces all of this.

I mean the US gov't itself can't get all the info they want out of Iran for example; how do you expect one of their citizens to do it?

And he is an English speaker and deals with English speaking countries. Among those America is the one pushing policies. I don't hear much controversy out of New Zealand for example. Of course they get info from non-English sources as well but I'm just trying to explain the probability that Wikileaks is not targeting the US in particular. It is not driven by some diversity panel so I don't expect equal coverage.


By foolsgambit11 on 12/2/2010 11:31:10 PM , Rating: 2
And if they are targeting America, there may be good reasons for it. For instance, targeting China would have little impact, since the governmental system minimizes the impact of popular opinion (as well as censors information, so it's doubtful whether the public would hear much about the leak). The fact that Western democracies are sensitive to public opinion is what makes Wikileaks' strategy effective. Additionally, since people are affected by U.S. policy around the world (more so than other countries, given America's power), I think they have a right to speak up about abuses of that power, or take action to try to rein in that power if they feel that's in their best interest.

That being said, the U.S. is certainly within its rights to take legal action against people entrusted with sensitive or classified information who leak it to foreign nationals. But America's right to protect that information shouldn't give it power to go after people who aren't governed by its laws, and have no obligation to protect its secrets.


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