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Swiss banker found guilty in Wikileaks case

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Swiss banker found guilty in Wikileaks case


A former banker from Switzerland has been found guilty of breaching bank secrecy laws.

Rudolph Elmer, who was among the first to use the Wikileaks website to publish private bank documents, has been given a 5,500 € fine, suspended for two years. This is much more lenient than the eight month jail term the prosecution had been seeking.

It is a high-profile case.

As supporters protested outside, Elmer admitted sending private data on clients to tax authorities, but denied blackmail and a bomb threat against a former employer.

Elmer says his aim was to expose illegal activity, and he went to Wikileaks because authorities wouldn’t act.

On Monday the former banker handed over to Wikileaks compact discs that he says contain information on around 2,000 offshore banking clients.

Elmer helped to put Wikileaks in the media spotlight a few years ago when he used the site to leak other secret data.

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