At a stage where governments around the world have tried to hide away from the embarrassment caused by WikiLeaks expose on black money, founder Julian Assange speaks exclusively to Times Now’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on the Swiss bank data and featuring of Indian names in the same.
Julian Assange, made a stunning disclosure, that there could be
Indian names in the data that WikiLeaks would publish. He appealed to Indians to absolutely not lose hope that the names of those with secret Swiss accounts would come out at one point in the future.
Hinting that Wikileaks might work with specialized agencies before releasing the Swiss bank data he pulled up the Indian government for not being aggressive like Germany in going after the list of Indian account holders. In fact he said India should be more aggressive because India seems like it is losing per capita more tax money than Germany.
This is the first time Assange has spoken about Indian accounts in Swiss banks, and comes at a time when the debate in India over Swiss Bank accounts has sharpened.
To a question he said, “We have various types of information about different banking operations in the world. Over time, we have revealed those. In fact, most of the legal attacks on us have been from banks.
“There are Indian names in the data we have already published or going to publish. I can’t remember specifically whether there are Indian names in the upcoming publication. But I have read Indian names. Similarly, in these private Swiss banking concerns, where you need at least a million dollars…which is a significant amount of money…Not an average Indian,” he said.
Julian Assange said, “I can’t tell you anything more at this stage. As we go through the process of releasing data, as always we have to do extra research. And once we understand which media organizations are best placed to help us with that research, then we operate with them. But we are not at that stage yet that I know all the research that is going on.”