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) -- WikiLeaks is already tipping its hand about how it intends to follow up its release of roughly 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables this weekend.

Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial Web site, said Monday a major U.S. bank could be the next target in WikiLeaks' crosshairs. In

an interview published on

, Assange said the site will release a multitude of documents exposing the inner workings of a major American financial firm in early 2011.

"So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?" asks Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg in a transcript of the interview.

"Yes, but maybe not as high impact...I mean, it could take down a bank or two," answers Assange.

Elsewhere Assange characterizes the upcoming bank leak as a "megaleak" and says the documents will provide an unflattering picture of how the company did business.

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"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," he says when asked what he thinks the result of leak will be.

As for what bank it may involve, Assange declined to give any clues, saying "No comment" when Greenberg attempts to narrow down the field by asking if it's the largest bank in the United States.


Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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