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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    Darryl, 8 Dec 2010 @ 9:45pm

    From the OF COURSE, why else Dept..

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

    Mike, that sounds like a more than fair, and adequate reason for them to do what they did..

    Can you think of a better reason ?

    So why would you expect MC to support Wikileaks, while wikileaks are kicking MC in the balls ?

    They have every right, and the moral high ground here, they can pick and choose who they want to do business with..

    And why on earth would you want to do business with someone who is trying to damage your business ?

    But as usual common sense is lost on you, may be they just dont like wikileaks !! , what the hell right do you have to determine who some company chooses to do business with.

    Some people can see that Julian Asange only cares about julian Asange, if you think he is doing this for some higher goal, you will in time work out that is not the case.

    He is doing it for personal gain, and profit..

    He is not making this information available for the betterment of mankind, he is doing it to feed his own ego.

    And to provide himself a tool for blackmail, and fraud, and to allow him to act as your censor, so how is what he is doing anything but selfserving ?

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