Freedom Of Expression Is Priceless... For Everything Else, There's Mastercard

from the plug-pulled dept

The title of this post is from Rinze, who perfectly sums up the ridiculousness of MasterCard blocking any payment systems that are working with Wikileaks from allowing people to use its card. MasterCard's excuse is even more ridiculous than Paypal, Amazon and others. Rather than drudging up some sort of "terms of service violation," MasterCard is now just making stuff up:
MasterCard said it was cutting off payments because WikiLeaks is engaging in illegal activity. "MasterCard rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal," spokesman Chris Monteiro said.
That's nice, but last we checked, for something to be found guilty of illegal activity, first they have to be charged and tried, and only after a court decides it's illegal, is it actually considered illegal. To date, Wikileaks hasn't been even charged with anything, let alone found guilty. Apparently MasterCard isn't a big believer in due process either. It's actually very unlikely that Wikileaks actually has done anything illegal. It is against the law to leak such documents but publishing those documents is still protected activity. Except to MasterCard.

Filed Under: free speech, mastercard, wikileaks
Companies: mastercard, wikileaks


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  1. identicon
    Richard Kulawiec, 7 Dec 2010 @ 8:40am

    Re:

    If you smash up someone's car in front of me, I'm perfectly free to decide you were doing something illegal and then refuse to do business with you.

    In the absence of a valid contract, sure. In the presence of a valid contract, I'm not so sure. (Of course I'm not sure, I'm not an attorney. We need an opinion from someone who is and who is appropriately familiar with contract law.)

    But in this case, it's quite clear that MC is lying. Note that while they falsely alleged illegal activity, they failed to say what that illegal activity is.


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