The UK Frontline Club’s founder Vaughn Smith has been an open supporter of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Assange stayed at the Frontline Club in the weeks prior to turning himself in to UK authorities in December and is currently staying with Smith while out on bail.
At the Frontline Club, Assange recently accepted discs from banker Rudolf Elmer, the Swiss bank official who has accused his former employer (Julius Baer bank) of breaking tax laws.
According to The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade, “some journalists who frequent the Frontline Club have become uneasy about Smith’s support for Assange, claiming that it raises issues of transparency and compromises the club’s neutrality.”
As a result, Smith invited “paid-up members” to an “open forum” Jan. 19 to discuss the relationship between Assange and the Frotnline Club.