Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

WikiLeaks Founder Swiss Account Closed, Bank Says

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- PostFinance, the banking arm of SwissPost, said it closed WikiLeaks.org founder Julian Assange’s bank account saying he doesn’t qualify to be a client.

Assange “provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process,” PostFinance said today in a statement on its website. Assange, 39, an Australian citizen, gave Geneva as his place of residence, the statement said. As he cannot prove that he lives in Switzerland, he “does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship,” it said.

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website, is releasing about 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, and on Dec. 3 began directing readers to the Swiss domain WikiLeaks.ch rather than WikiLeaks.org after electronic attacks on the site, it said on a Twitter feed after its U.S. service was withdrawn.

“The technicality used to seize the defense fund was that Mr. Assange, as a homeless refugee attempting to gain residency in Switzerland, had used his lawyers’ address in Geneva for the bank’s correspondence,” WikiLeaks said today in a Twitter feed. The account contained 31,000 euros ($41,134), including some personal assets of Assange, WikiLeaks said.

Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer in the U.K., couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Warren Giles in Geneva at wgiles@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.