PayPal Latest To Cut Off Wikileaks

from the political-pressure dept

Over the weekend, Paypal became the latest company to cut off Wikileaks' account, saying that it was a "terms of service" violation -- the same excuse Amazon gave. Of course, Wikileaks had been using Paypal for quite some time before this, so it seems pretty clear that the reasoning was (yet again) political pressure put on American companies, threatening them for working with Wikileaks. What's funny about all of this, of course, is that it's only going to serve to give Wikileaks more attention, and drive up demand for competing services to these US companies overseas. In an effort to "stop" access to information that is widely accessible, all the US is really doing is (a) promoting that information more while (b) harming the reputation of American companies.

Filed Under: terms of service, wikileaks
Companies: paypal, wikileaks


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    ignorant_ (profile), 6 Dec 2010 @ 10:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Perhaps unrelated...

    Here's a cool lawsuit. Not criminal, but very funny....

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/assets/richesvassange.pd f

    As far as pending" criminal charges (none I am aware of in the US so far but....)

    From an interview NOV. 28 2010 with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini....

    He claims, that “Wikileaks has committed crimes against our national interests”.

    When asked..., "Do you mean that Italy too should be opening criminal proceedings against Assange and Wikileaks?"

    Answer:
    “I think the judiciary should be seriously weighing up that possibility. As a lawyer myself, I can tell you that a crime has been committed. But there’s another consideration as regards Wikileaks: the secret services have got nothing to do with this. Here we’re talking about Embassy cables that American diplomats throughout the world send back to Washington. It’s what embassies do. I get tens of reports from Italian ambassadors every day. You see, one of the pillars of diplomacy is that confidentiality must be guaranteed. Otherwise, it could no longer act as an instrument to address and resolve disputes, engage in dialogue with adversaries or express criticisms, even on the work of our friends. Transparency doesn’t come into it”.

    Hmmm.

    (He also claims that "The director of Wikileaks is under trial in at least 10 countries and is on the ‘wanted’ list.") Just FYI...

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