Globe & Mail – Swiss bank defends Wikileaks shutdown
GENEVA — The Swiss bank that won a court order shutting down a whistle-blower website said Thursday that it just wanted stolen and forged documents removed.
“It wasn’t our intention to shut down the Web site,” bank spokesman Martin Somogyi told The Associated Press. “Our intention was to remove the documents.”
The closure of Wikileaks.org last week occurred because those operating Wikileaks refused to delete documents relating to some wealthy clients of the private bank, called Julius Baer, Somogyi said.
Ordered by a federal District Court judge in San Francisco, the shutdown prompted a worldwide backlash. Free speech advocates called it unconstitutional.
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