Ecuador to decide on Assange asylum request

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ecuador is expected to announce Thursday 21 June the fate of WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange who requested political asylum after taking refuge in the country’s London embassy earlier this week. President Rafael Correa will make the government’s decision public Thursday regarding Assange’s application for asylum, deputy foreign minister Marco Albuja told the Australian […]

PostFinance’s restrictions will extend beyond Americans in June

Americans must already sign papers they are tax-compliant BERN, SWITZERLAND – The new head of the financial arm of SwissFinance, Hansruedi Koeng, told Le Temps newspaper (registration required) in an article published 17 April that the bank will start requiring all non-Swiss account holders to sign a paper stating that the funds in their accounts […]

“Anonymous” hackers unmasked, but real impact of FBI sweep unclear

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The arrest 20 July of 21 hackers, some of whom are part of the loose networks Anonymous and LulzSec, is part of a wider net to catch computer hackers that included 60 searches, according to the United States Justice Department, but reactions, mainly in the US and Europe, have been tempered by […]

Assange remains under house arrest after London hearing

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julian Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks, will remain under house arrest in the UK for the time being, following British High Court hearing in London into his case which adjourned Wednesday with no decision. The judges have not said when they will decide whether or not he may be extradited to Sweden. A […]

Chuckles from Lithuanian pants and WikiLeaks

It’s the end of the week, and a good chuckle or two as we head into the weekend is always appreciated. Mine today come from an anonymous designer and Wired, over wikinonsense. Warmer weather is here, so I pulled out a pair of comfortable, loose linen trousers for work earlier in the week. This morning […]

Guantánamo’s 759 leaked profiles give face to detainees

The New York Times in the US and the Guardian in the UK have put on the table an extraordinary set of leaked Guantánamo bay military prison documents they say are not from Wikileaks. The publication of the files on the prisoners have prompted a stiff criticism from the US government, which appears to believe […]

US charges soldier with 22 new counts in WikiLeaks saga

Pvt 1st Class Bradley Manning of the US Army, who supplied WikiLeaks with the classified documents that opened a Pandora’s diplomatic box in late 2010, has been handed 22 new criminal charges. The charges include a capital offense, aiding the enemy, that can incur the death penalty, but according to news agency AP the Army’s […]

Rudolf Elmer, Swiss WikiLeaks banker, loses appeal


Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Rudolf Elmer, the former Bank Julius Baer employee who famously appeared with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks two days before his trial in Zurich for theft and threatening his former employer, has had one of his appeals turned down, his lawyer has told Swiss media in a press release. He was convicted […]

Le Temps to publish WikiLeaks US cables on Switzerland


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss newspapers Le Temps (registration required) and NZZ will publish, in French and in German starting next week, selected cables from the 5,814 that WikiLeaks collected. The two negotiated an agreement to receive the entire collection and several journalists from the two publications are meeting this weekend to determine which to […]

Assange: to extradite or not, that is the question

A judge in the UK today begins hearing the case for extraditing Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, to Sweden. The hearing is expected to end Tuesday, but with judgement reserved until later in February. Assange’s lawyers argue that he should not be extradited because Sweden wants him for questioning in relationship to two charges of […]