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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    Anonymous Leak, 27 Jan 2010 @ 4:08am

    Re: Re:

    I would have though so too, which makes it strange that wikileaks seem so glib about hotlinking images on third-party websites, effectively web-bugging their own pages. This week it's the tipit.to thermometer, last week the paypal image was (bizzarely!) hot-linked from a fishing supplies website. And the video preview image means that youtube (google) also get a complete record of wikileaks visitors! Way to protect people's privacy guys!

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