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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    Dark Helmet (profile), 7 Dec 2010 @ 9:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Private business

    "Has he been sued in a US court or are you just making stuff up again?"

    He hasn't, but this brings up a new question in the world of emerging digital currency. Doesn't it make sense that we'll need to see a series of lawsuits that will likely result in regulatory legislation on these types of companies? Credit is one thing, but with all of the advances in currency-less transactions, there needs to be some security built around how those transactions are handled and what those facilitating those transactions are allowed and not allowed to do....

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