Hacker group Anonymous releases ‘Bank of America emails’ after WikiLeaks rumours - Telegraph
The leaks were announced on Twitter by a user called OperationLeakS.
Ahead of the publication of the documents, a Bank of America spokesman said they were stolen by a former Balboa Insurance employee.
“We are confident that his extravagant assertions are untrue,” the spokesman said.
Bank of America was not immediately available for further comment.
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has hinted that he is in the possession of emails from the hard-drive of a Bank of America executive’s computer dated in 2006.
In an interview with Forbes magazine, he said that in early 2011, WikiLeaks planned to release “either tens or hundreds of thousands of documents depending on how you define it” from a cache of material it had received from an unnamed American bank.
He said the material would highlight “some flagrant violations, unethical practices” and that it could “take down a bank or two.”
Mr Assange did not identify which US bank the material came from.
But in an interview with Computerworld magazine in October 2009, he said: “We are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive’s hard drives.”
It is unclear whether the Anonymous documents are connected to those held by WikiLeaks.
But Anonymous members are known supporters of the whistle-blowing website, having attacked organisations like Mastercard and Visa for refusing to handle donations to WikiLeaks.