Wikileaks, and its founder Julian Assange, has certainly stirred up some murky waters releasing confidential documents and emails on government activities. Recently Assange stated that he has a large batch of confidential documents that could lead to problems for a major bank, and in at least one interview he has identified that bank to be Bank of America. And the bank are taking the possible threat serious – deadly serious! So does the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
“The nation’s largest bank has set up a war room and assembled a S.W.A.T. team of lawyers.”
According to FOX Business, the largest US bank has set up a war room and assembled a S.W.A.T. team of lawyers and company officials to deal with the matter if anything should arise. And now the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is focusing in on the case too.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is keeping a close eye on Bank of America’s (BAC) Wikileaks dilemma to determine whether anything that the info-leaking website might release should have already been turned over to regulators who have conducted numerous investigations into the bank’s activities, FOX Business Network has learned.
The same goes for WikiLeaks.
It is, in fact, illegal to withhold information about criminal activities.
See also: Wikileaks Obstruction of Justice?
If and when the document dump occurs, the SEC – Wall Street’s top cop – will be examining the material to determine if Bank of America has failed to include the emails and other documents in demands for information the commission has made as part of its many investigations into BofA activities.
Bank of America has been the subject of several high-profile probes by the commission, including issues surrounding its Countrywide Financial subsidiary, and its ill-fated purchase of Merrill Lynch during the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008.
Countrywide, which was the largest issuer of so-called subprime mortgages, has been accused of issuing mortgages to people with little if any documentation of work history or means to repay the loans.
Neither SEC’s spokesman or BofA’s spokesman had no immediate comment, FOX reports.
If Bank of America purposely failed to turn over documents involving an investigation, the bank could face possible criminal charges of obstructing justice.
But so far, BofA has said that despite all the talk about it being a target, it has no evidence that Assange’s organization has documents involving the bank.
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