What’s Next for WikiLeaks? Exposing Bank Secrets

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Julian Assange is the founder of the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks has invaded the public consciousness this year. And according to a new report, the secret-exposing network won’t be going away in 2011.

In an interview with Forbes, Julian Assange, the public face of WikiLeaks, said that the U.S. financial system is the organization’s next target. If all goes according to plan, the information will be released in early 2011. He told Forbes:

It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume […] You could call it the ecosystem of corruption. But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest.

(See TIME’s Q&A with Julian Assange.)

Assange wouldn’t give details for the magazine’s cover story. But given the international outcry and media firestorm over WikiLeaks —Assange is even in the running for TIME’s Person of the Year — NewsFeed assumes the upcoming leak will shake up Wall Street. (via Forbes)

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