Swiss Post to shut Assange’s bank account

December 11th, 2010 by James

Swiss Post to shut Assange's bank accountThe bank account of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be closed down by Swiss Post after he was accused of providing false information when he opened the account.

According to a statement which used the official name of the bank run by the post office, ‘PostFinance will terminate its business relationship with Julian Assange,’.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

The announcement about the account was the latest blow to the site, which last week lost control of its domain name wikileaks.org and its ability to receive PayPal donations.

It is employing 70 other internet domains in various nations as ‘mirror sites’ to keep broadcasting leaked US diplomatic cables, including the primary mirror in Switzerland.

WikiLeaks had asked on its website for donations to be sent to the PostFinance account for the so-called ‘Julian Assange Defence Fund’.

The statement from the Swiss Post said Assange gave ‘false information’ regarding his domicile when he opened the account.

The post’s bank is only open to residents of Switzerland or Swiss citizens, Andrey had warned over the weekend.

Assange, according to Swiss Post, is an Australian national and could not prove he lived in the Alpine country.

WikiLeaks has gradually been publishing 251,287 US embassy cables, the latest trove of confidential US documents it has made public.

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