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WikiLeaks international tax evaders

2011-01-27

Queen’s University law professor Art Cockfield is available to talk about today’s revelation that a former Swiss banker is intending to supply WikiLeaks with the offshore bank account details and alleged tax evasion of thousands of multinational companies, bankers, and wealthy investors.

“Canadian tax cheats may be quaking in their boots. Recent international bank scandals in Lichenstein and Switzerland have confirmed that many Canadians are hiding their funds offshore, committing the crime of tax evasion. These new revelations by a Swiss banker may show that even more Canadians have engaged in illegal tax evasion. Also, there may be revelations concerning the aggressive international tax planning strategies deployed by Canadian multinationals whose activities could be subjected to audit by the Canada Revenue Agency,” says Dr. Cockfield, an expert in international tax law and privacy issues.

To arrange an interview, please contact Christina Archibald at 613.533.2877 or christina.archibald@queensu.ca, or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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