WikiLeaks & Assange “Banking Blockade” Busted (For Now) — Supporters Now Able to Make Visa, MasterCard and American Express Contributions

"The WikiCard" by Michael Parenti aka @exiledsurfer

At least for the time being, the WikiLeaks financial and “banking blockade” has been busted. In what many have termed a clear case of financial censorship, major financial institutions and credit card companies such as PayPal, Visa and MasterCard have for months erected a donation blockade, preventing WikiLeaks supporters and donors from making even modest contributions to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

This blockade, WikiLeaks claims, has prevented millions of dollars in financial support from reaching the organization, which has a massive base of grassroots support and a large pool of potential donors. Angered and frustrated by this “banking blockade,” WikiLeaks has in recent days initiated a multi-pronged campaign to “shame” these corporations and threaten litigation in attempts to influence removal of the financial ban.

Censorship, like everything else in the West, has been privatized.

For six months now, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks as a result of political pressure from Washington. The attack has blocked over 90% of the non-profit organization’s donations, costing some $15M in lost revenue.

Continued at: http://wikileaks.org/Banking-Blockade.html

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Today, WikiLeaks’ payment processing partner DataCell announced that Visa, MasterCard and American Express contributions were once again possible. While this may only be a short-term example of breaking the “banking blockade” (these major companies have not indicated they have lifted the ban on their ends) financial donations are now able to be processed as reported by Andy Greenberg of Forbes:

Would-be WikiLeaks donors who’ve been waiting six months to make credit card contributions to their favorite secret-spilling group should seize the chance. In a move that may be a response to legal pressure from the group or may yet be a slip-up, Visa and MasterCard are again allowing payments to WikiLeaks through its Icelandic payment gateway DataCell.

Continued at: http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/07/07/for-the-moment-visa-and-mastercard-re-open-payments-to-wikileaks/

“The WikiCard” by Michael Parenti, aka @exiledsurfer

"The WikiCard" by Michael Parenti aka @exiledsurfer

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