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Swiss charge ex-HSBC worker with industrial espionage

The Swiss authorities have charged a former computer analyst at HSBC’s private bank in Geneva with industrial espionage and breaching the country’s secrecy laws for passing confidential client data to foreign authorities. Hervé Falciani gave prosecutors in France and Spain data on thousands of Swiss bank accounts. He has previously said he is a whistleblower trying to help governments track down citizens who used accounts in Switzerland to evade paying tax. But on Thursday the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Falciani, who now lives in France, had tried to profit from the data. It accused him of trying to sell the information to banks in Lebanon. The charges, lodged at the federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona on Thursday, allege  industrial espionage, unauthorised obtaining of data, breach of trade secrecy and violating banking secrecy. “Sometimes celebrated as a hero abroad, the Franco-Italian national is now to answer for his alleged crimes before a Swiss ... Show more

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