Swiss post office bank freezes Assange's assets

Not only is globe-trotting WikiLeaks pariah Julian Assange stuck in snow-bound Britain, he has now had his personal assets frozen.

Swiss bank PostFinance has added to Assange's woes by shutting shop on his account making it all but impossible for him to lay his hands on the €31,000 deposited there.

The bank claimed Assange provided false information about his residency when he opened the account, although the Australian national is famous for living in hotels all over the world never stopping in one country for more than a few weeks at a time.

In a statement, the bank said, "Assange entered Geneva as his domicile. Upon inspection, this information was found to be incorrect.

"Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance. For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account."

A PostFinance spokesman told The Associated Press there would be "no criminal consequences" .

"That's his money, he will get his money back," the spokesman said. "We just close the account and that's it."

WikiLeaks also had €60,000 of donations frozen by PayPal when the eBay-owned Internet transaction site pulled the plug recently.

Assange is widely rumoured to be hiding out somewhere in south east England which is currently experiencing record low temperatures, so his cash is probably not the only frozen asset he has to worry about.