Saturday, December 4, 2010

WikiLeaks' funding is getting clogged up

Just yesterday I mused on Wikileaks' funding:

And WikiLeaks honestly expects its enemies to keep its funding pipeline open?

And even if the site (or a cache or mirror) remains up, the site identifies the banks and other organizations (PayPal, MasterCard, Visa) that are the funnels for the cash for WikiLeaks. If Julian Assange is truly as paranoid as he appears to be, doesn't he worry that the FBI and the CIA and the BBC, B.B. King, Doris Day, and Matt Busby will simply shift their attacks to THESE entities? Perhaps the CIA will reactivate the volcano in Iceland.

Well, the volcano hasn't re-erupted yet, but FriendFeed user LANJackal has linked to an article regarding one of the cash funnels listed above.

The online payment service provider PayPal has cut off the account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations, serving another blow to the organisation just as it was struggling to keep its website accessible after an American company stopped directing traffic to it.

PayPal's full statement reads as follows:

PayPal statement regarding WikiLeaks

December 3, 2010

PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We have notified the account holder of this action.

You would think that one of the old guard institutions, such as Mastercard, would have been the first to take this action. It's surprising that PayPal moved before the banks or the credit card companies did.

Or am I wrong in being surprised about this?
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