Want To Know Why Visa & Mastercard Cut Off Wikileaks? Because Its Latest Leak Was About Them...

from the everywhere-you-want-to-be dept

Visa's slogan used to be "Everywhere you want to be," but apparently one place it did not want to be was on Wikileaks. We've already covered how both Visa and MasterCard cut off Wikileaks quite quickly, with MasterCard even going so far as to claim that it did so because of illegal activity by Wikileaks -- despite no charges or convictions for any actual illegal activity.

Just a day later, it seems, we may have some new insight into why this is. Chris Rhodes was the first of a bunch of you to send over the news that the latest cable leak shows that US diplomats worked hard on Visa and MasterCard's behalf in Russia, where the Russian government was working on a new national payment card system, that would likely deprive Visa and MasterCard of transaction fees in Russia. Convenient timing.

Filed Under: russia, wikileaks
Companies: mastercard, visa, wikileaks

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2010 @ 4:47pm

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    No, they released it to make it look like Visa and Mastercard acted because they had something to hide. It is sort of basic smear tactics.

    However, if you have a shred of intelligence, you can time line things and realize that one of two things happened:

    1) Visa and then Mastercard cut off wikileaks for various reasons. Wikileaks people get mad, and try to make Visa and Mastercard look bad, and look like they have something to hide. Plays well to the script kiddies from 4chan.

    2) The Wikileaks people found something bad about Visa and Mastercard, and somehow contacted them and threatened to release it. When that happened, Visa and Mastercard cut them off.

    Now, 2 is what is being pushed here as the truth, but it reads poorly. It would suggest that the Wikileaks people are threatening people, which could be seen as an illegal act (blackmail). Since we all know that the Wikileaks people are fine upstanding people who would never break the law, answer 2 isn't right.

    That only leaves answer 1.

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