Yet Another Blow To WikiLeaks
And the hits keep on coming… this time, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s Swiss bank account has been closed:
The Swiss postal system stripped WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of a key fundraising tool Monday, accusing him of lying and immediately shutting down one of his bank accounts.
The swift action by Postfinance, the financial arm of Swiss Post, came after it determined the “Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process.”
Assange had told Postfinance he lived in Geneva but could offer no proof that he was a Swiss resident, a requirement of opening such an account.
Postfinance spokesman Alex Josty told The Associated Press the account was closed Monday afternoon and there would be “no criminal consequences” for misleading authorities.
“That’s his money, he will get his money back,” Josty said. “We just close the account and that’s it.”
The setback leaves Assange with only a few options for raising money for his secret-spilling site through a Swiss-Icelandic credit card processing center and accounts in Iceland and Germany.
From what I’ve read, it seems Assange thought that no one could do anything to him about leaking all these sensitive documents… one wonders if he’d figured out how wrong he was yet.