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Will next WikiLeaks data dump 'take down' Bank of America?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - First, Wikileaks dumped millions of military documents on the web.  Then came Monday's treasure trove of State Department diplomatic cables.

 Now, Julian Assange says he wants to go after the banking industry and he says the next document dump could "take down" a major U.S. bank.

 In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Assange says it's not just the corporate greed that he wants to expose.

"It's also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that's not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they're fulfilling their own self-interest," he said.

 The next big document dump is scheduled for early next year.

Assange went on to say that the banking info would not be as significant as documenting a current war, but that it could seriously affect a bank.

"… maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two," he told Forbes. "But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things." (Related: Read the Forbes story)

It's unclear right now if Assange's upcoming info would be about Bank of America, but he spoke about having a significant amount of information about them in 2009.

"At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives," he said last year, according to Huffington Post on Tuesday. "Now how do we present that? It's a difficult problem." (Related: Read the Huffington Post story)

Assange only would say that it was a current bank and a large U.S. one. He also would only say that the leak would happen after Jan 1.

"Early next year. I won't say more," he told Forbes.

On late Tuesday afternoon, Scott Silvestri of Bank of America said the company had "no evidence" to believe WikiLeaks had the data about the bank.

"More than a year ago Wikileaks claimed to have the computer hard drive of a Bank of America executive," Silvestri wrote in an email to WBTV. "Aside from the claims themselves we have no evidence that supports this assertion.  We are unaware of any new claims by Wikileaks that pertain specifically to Bank of America."

Bank of America is already dealing with a lawsuit that contends its foreclosure machinery amounted to a racketeering enterprise.

One such case, an Indiana lawsuit against Bank of America, was filed under civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations or RICO laws, which allows damages to be tripled.

Copyright 2010 WBTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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