It's old news by this point that PayPal decided to cut off Wikileaks
donations, following pressure from members of the US government (even if the State Department denies any official pressure, Joe Lieberman's public brow beating of companies shows that there was serious pressure at least from some in the government). However, Glyn Moody
now points us to the news that PayPal has also decided to cut off the group "Courage to Resist,"
which was handling funds for Bradley Manning's defense effort. PayPal admits there's no legal
basis for this. Apparently, the company just doesn't believe that some people should be allowed a fair trial:
The online payment provider PayPal has frozen the account of Courage to Resist, which in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network is currently raising funds in support of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. PayPal was one way people--especially international residents--were able to contribute to the grassroots effort supporting the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower. "We've been in discussions with PayPal for weeks, and by their own admission there’s no legal obligation for them to close down our account," noted Loraine Reitman of the Bradley Manning Support Network (Support Network). "This was an internal policy decision by PayPal."
The Support Network repeatedly requested and was refused formal documentation from PayPal describing their policies in this matter.
The report also notes that they've had a PayPal account in good standing since 2006, with no problems at all. It's only once they were taking funds for Bradley Manning that PayPal shut them down. This is somewhat horrifying, frankly, and raises serious questions about PayPal as a business worth trusting.