PayPal Dumps WikiLeaks for ‘Illegal Activity’
December 4, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will now have to solicit snail mail donations or bags of money in secret international drop locations. Late Friday, PayPal announced the whistleblower group is banned from using its financial services, because of violations of its “Acceptable Use Policy.” WikiLeaks blamed PayPal’s actions on “US government pressure.”
Since releasing thousands of stolen US diplomatic cables that have rocked the international community, with calls for the criminal prosecution of Assange for espionage and even his assassination, his website has been under siege from constant cyber attacks. And Sweden issued a new international arrest warrant against Assange on charges of rape.
After getting knocked offline one too many times, Assange moved his operation to servers hosted by Amazon.com, but he was soon given the boot by Amazon, apparently after receiving complaints from Sen. Lieberman’s (I-CT) office.
Now, PayPal has given Assange his walking papers, making the announcement in a blog post.
“PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We’ve notified the account holder of this action.”
WikiLeaks donation page now shows PayPal crossed off. But supporters of Assange’s particular brand of ego-driven anarchy can still donate via credit card, bank transfers and other methods.