PayPal Suspends WikiLeaks Account Yet Again; Freezes Assets

from the no-payments-allowed dept

Wikileaks is an incredibly useful and important site, but there are many (mainly in the government) who would prefer it go away. It's somewhat upsetting to find out that PayPal has (for the second time) frozen all of WikiLeaks' assets. Apparently, the last time this happened it took nearly six months to resolve. That seems problematic:
Paypal has as of 23rd of January 2010 frozen WikiLeaks assets. This is the second time that this happens. The last time we struggled for more than half a year to resolve this issue. By working with the respected and recognized German foundation Wau Holland Stiftung we tried to avoid this from happening again -- apparently without avail.
Update: Wikileaks has now removed this message from its website, so it appears that things have been resolved. I'm a bit confused, however, as to why Wikileaks continues to use PayPal given this issue.

Filed Under: account frozen, paypal, wikileaks
Companies: ebay, paypal, wikileaks

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    mariush (profile), 25 Jan 2010 @ 8:18am


    I think a lot of people are reluctant to enter their credit card details to any site but are less reluctant to use Paypal and they trust it...

    So it doesn't help much to choose another service instead of Paypal, people will just be reluctant to use it and will ask for a Paypal account to donate to.

    In my case, often it's just easier to use Paypal because I don't feel like searching through my pants for my credit card, type the number and verification code and so on - it's faster on Paypal.

    However, I made it a habit not to have more than 50$ on my Paypal account, just in case it's hacked or limited and so on. I get my wage on Paypal and withdraw it the next day... The 20-25$ they take as processing fees for receiving about 1000$ is less than the fee my bank takes for processing a check and it doesn't take 4 weeks to clear so it's worth the risk.

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