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USBank, (CP) – At least one major bank says it has closed its doors amid political crisis in Ivory Coast. The BICICI, a local subsidiary of France’s BNP Paribas said it had temporarily suspended all operations in Ivory Coast in a statement published on its website Monday. Closing the gaps fear that the money could run out in the nation increasingly isolated in West Africa. Holders Laurent Gbagbo has refused to relinquish power after a presidential election in November.

Gbagbo government has condemned the measure on state television late Monday, saying U.S. bank Citibank BICICI and has been punishing the Ivorian people by the closure. Citibank could not immediately be reached for comment. Ivory Coast financial worries started last month when the central bank has closed its regional offices.

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The hacker group Anonymous has uncovered a proposal by a consortium of private contractors to attack and discredit Wikileaks.

Last week, volunteers anonymous raided servers HB Gary Federal, a security company that sells investigative services for businesses, and displayed thousands of emails from the company on the Internet.

The attack was in revenge for claims by the CEO of the company Aaron Barr he had managed to infiltrate the network cyber shadow of protest and discovered the details of his leadership and structure.

Hacktivists, journalists and bloggers have been closely studied e-mails and found what appears to be a proposal that was intended to be planted at Bank of America to sabotage and discredit Wikileaks journalists who are sympathetic to the Web site of termination.

Claims PowerPoint presentation a trio of Internet security companies – HB Gary Federal Technology and Palantir Technologies Berico – are ready to attack Wikileaks is rumored to be preparing to release a cache of potentially embarrassing information about Bank of America.

The presentation, which was seen by The Independent, recommends an attack on several fronts, including Wikileaks deliberately false documents to the site to undermine his credibility, cyber-attacks for pioneering expose the leakers who are going to Wikileaks and after sympathetic journalists.

One of those mentioned is Glenn Greenwald, a reporter pro-Wikileaks United States. Writing on Greenwald said his first reaction was to “make fun of its absurdity.”

“But having learned much over the last two days, he added,” I take this more seriously -. Not in terms of my commitment, but the wider implications of this story highlights one hand, it appears that companies involved are large, serious and legitimate purposes and not as substantial amounts of work for the government United States and the nation’s largest private companies. ”

A separate e-mail written by Mr. Barr to an employee Palantir suggests that security companies to monitor and intimidate people who donate to Wikileaks. Security companies, Mr. Barr wrote, “need to make people understand that if they support the organization that we come after them. Transaction records are readily identifiable. ”

Bank of America does not seem to have directly engaged the services of Gary federal HB. Instead he launched the idea of Hunton & Williams, a law firm representing the bank.

A spokesman for Bank of America has denied any knowledge of the proposals: “We have never seen the show, never evaluated, and have no interest in it.” A spokeswoman for Hunton & Williams declined to comment. HB Gary federal acknowledged in a statement it was hit by a cyber-attack, but suggested that online documents can be forged.

However, two other security companies included in the presentation did not deny the authenticity of documents. Instead, the two Berico and Palantir issued angry statements stand out from HB Gary federal and severing ties with the company.

But a declaration of Anonymous claimed the presentation showed how sections of corporate America have been “caught in very questionable and probably illegal activities, including a campaign of vilification against Wikileaks and its journalists and support, and opponents the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America. “

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