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Article

27 Jan 2011

Author:
Rajesh Chhabara, Ethical Corporation

Analysis: Wikileaks - Could big business be next?

While powerful governments have scrambled to control or limit the damage caused by the release of secret communications, it may be only a matter of time before confidential information about large companies finds its way to Wikileaks, the whistle blower website...Wikileaks has already claimed that it has damaging documents against a major US bank, widely speculated to be Bank of America, and also against BP...Embarrassing material relating to the Swiss bank Julius Baer, the Kaupthing Bank in Iceland, Barclays, JP Morgan and the Toll Collect Consortium in Germany has already been published by Wikileaks. And Assange continues to say he would like to pressure companies to behave ethically...A number of companies in these sectors may have dirty secrets such as human rights violations, tax avoidance, bribery, health and safety lapses, lobbying, anti-competition tactics, corporate espionage and environmental destruction...