DataCell Threatens to Sue Visa and MasterCard Over WikiLeaks Ban

December 8, 2010

(ChattahBox Technology News)—The Swiss-based data hosting company that operates WikiLeaks’ donation page is crying foul over the actions of Visa Europe and MasterCard to stop processing payments made to the leaking organization. The IT firm, named DataCell, says it plans to sue the credit card companies for interfering with its ability to carry out its business operations. MasterCard stopped processing payments, because of WikiLeaks’ “illegal activity.” Visa soon followed suit, but stopped short of immediately cutting off payments, saying the company would conduct an investigation to determine “whether it contravenes Visa operating rules.”

BBC reports that DataCell is pressuring the credit card companies to stand down, because their actions are harming its business.

“Swiss-based Datacell said it would move immediately to try to force Visa Europe and Mastercard to resume allowing payments to the whistle-blowing website.” […]

“Datacell’s chief executive Andreas Fink urged Visa to “just simply do their business where they are good at – transferring money.”‘

“Datacell added that the suspension would last for an initial seven days, but this has yet to be confirmed by Visa Europe.”

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange remains in custody in London, after being denied bail on an International arrest warrant from Sweden for alleged rape charges.

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