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, 9 Dec 2010 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re: From the OF COURSE, why else Dept..

    It is incredibly useful. Assange is only relevant when he is top news, when he is being interviewed, quoted, followed, and reported on. It is all about him. Why do you think his picture is on the front page of the site, looking all serious and pensive? It's about Julian, the rest is the rest.

    Before Wikileaks, who knew this guy? Now? If he manages to avoid the assassins and other issues that he faces right now, he will likely come out the other side as a multi millionaire commentator, speaker, and consultant on these issues. He has absolutely created the cult of Assange.

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