Story updated with a comment from Bank of America
The whistleblower web site is going to be releasing information on one major U.S. bank that would include "tens of thousands of its documents that reveal some sort of unethical behavior," according to
columnist Andy Greenberg apparently spoke with Assange earlier this month. It was that conversation that shed light on the supposed "megaleak" coming in early 2011.
The report was released late Monday on
, however, little detail or specifics of which bank were given.
Assange did say, according to
, that the information
However, in a second column published on Tuesday,
pointed to a separate interview Assange did with
in October 2009, which could provide a clue.
During that interview, Assange noted that WikiLeaks had in possession "five gigabytes from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives," but hasn't released it yet due to the overwhelming amount of information.
Greenberg notes that if Assange is sitting on "five gigabytes" worth of juicy Bank of America information, it's very plausible that the information is old news.
"More than a year ago Wikileaks claimed to have the computer hard drive of a Bank of America executive. Aside from the claims themselves we have no evidence that supports this assertion," said a Bank of America spokesman in an email statement. "We are unaware of any new claims by Wikileaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America."
Bank of America has been hung out to dry this year between shareholder lawsuits, mortgage putback requests, the foreclosure crisis and various investigations by states attorney generals. Its stock is down 25% year-to-date.
-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.
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