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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    Marcus Carab (profile), 7 Dec 2010 @ 11:19am

    Re: I want to state for the record..

    Moreover, despite the ongoing misreporting (and your cutesy euphemism notwithstanding), as far as I can tell Julian Assange is not in fact suspected of rape. Yes, there are sexual crimes involved, but they relate to his refusal to get an STD test after two partners asked him to.

    I'm not saying there isn't still some pretty dubious stuff going on with Assange, but I'm a little tired of how the media has leapt on the "rape" bandwagon while offering almost no details.

    The charges he faces and the Wikileaks question are two entirely separate issues. But the media is happy to tag every story about Wikilieaks with "founded by Julian Assange, who is wanted in connection with a rape allegation." You can't find his name more than 5 words away from the word "rape" anymore, and it's unfairly colouring people's perception of the much bigger and non-personal question of Wikileaks.

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