Closing Doesn't Secure Bank's Client Info

Privacy groups file to intervene in case
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:00 PM CST
The anonymous whistleblowers website, Wikileaks was shut down in part due to intervention from Swiss bank Julius Baer.   (
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(Newser) – Legal action resulting in the closing of whistleblower site has backfired for the Swiss bank that sought to protect confidential information about their clients, the AP reports. Popular outrage over the closing of the site over its posting of documents from Bank Julius Baer has cause the widespread circulation of those documents on privacy advocacy websites, as well as on Wikileaks own mirrors.

The ruling also attracted the attention of anti-censorship groups, such as the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation, which have filed motions to intervene in the case. "Blocking access to the entire site in response to a few documents posted there completely disregards the public's right to know," said an ACLU lawyer.