06 Dec 2010

Net Closing on Assange — Swiss Close His Bank Account

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The Telegraph reports that the British manhunt for Julian Assange has begun.

Scotland Yard has received the paperwork required to arrest Julian Assange. …

[T]here is no longer any legal impediment to holding Mr Assange and making him appear before City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court.


Some news agency reports:

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.

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