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Paypal pulls the plug on Wikileaks

No 1st Amendment there
Mon Dec 06 2010, 10:05

AFTER YEARS of collecting cash for the online whistleblowing website Wikileaks, Paypal has pulled the plug on the outfit.

According to Paypal it has shut down the account used by WikiLeaks due to what it calls a violation of its Acceptable Use Policy, which says that its payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.

It seems that since Wikileaks recently published all those embarrassing US government communiques it might have encouraged something illegal and therefore had to be cut off.

This dumps Wikileaks in with the criminal organisations that Paypal's Acceptable Use Policy was clearly designed for.

It would appear strange that while Wikileaks has been operating for a several years, Paypal has just woken up to its activities.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Wikileaks claims that Paypal, which is a subsidiary of Ebay and based in the US, bowed to US government demands to withdraw its service. Paypal was one of several means that enabled Wikileaks to receive donations and finance its operations.

Paypal has joined in cutting all ties to the online whistleblowing group with Amazon, which also apparently had a sudden blinding realisation that Wikileaks is 'evil'. µ



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