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WikiLeaks denies publishing Anwar's bank details

Alyaa Alhadjri  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has denied publishing bank account details that purportedly belong to PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim.

WikiLeaks said it was alerted of reported claims made by former Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng against Anwar, citing details purportedly leaked and published on its website.

"Claims spread in Malaysia that @WikiLeaks published @anwaribrahim's bank account details are false. Liang Tech (sic) Meng is pushing a fabrication.

"WikiLeaks has published significant information about Malaysian politicians but not Mr Ibrahim's bank accounts," WikiLeaks said in a tweet last night.

On Wednesday, website The Coverage reported Liang's claims that Anwar allegedly had millions stashed in a list of foreign bank accounts, and that the information was supposedly exposed by WikiLeaks.

The Coverage article had no indications as to when the claim was made.

When contacted, Liang confirmed that his remarks were not new and The Coverage had based its article on his reported statement from inside the Dewan Rakyat in 2013.

"Overtaken by events. Please check all verbatim in Parliament in 2013," the former Simpang Renggam MP told Malaysiakini.

"I am happy to see Wikileaks clarifying.

"Right is right, wrong is wrong. That is my principle," said Liang who, however, questioned the reason for Wikileaks to respond to his claims only after nearly five years.

Liang added it was also possible that certain quarters had once again played up the allegations against Anwar as he is one of the seven candidates in the Oct 13 Port Dickson by-election.

In dismissing The Coverage article yesterday, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil issued a warning that the party would take action against those who continued to spread such unverified information through social media in an attempt to discredit Anwar.

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