Robert Clark & Michael Carroll
08 Dec 2010
Meanwhile, Visa Europe has become the latest US corporation to cut off service, suspending support for online donations to the group. Rival MasterCard is planning to follow suit, the BBC reported.
Payment site PayPal cut ties with Wikileaks on December 4, and various sources state the firm’s Swiss bank account has been frozen.
Assange supporters point out that WikiLeaks has not broken any law, yet organizations that advocate racism or violence are still allowed to accept credit cards or other online payments.
“I can use Visa and Mastercard to pay for porn and support anti-abortion fanatics, Prop 8 homophobic bigots, and the Ku Klux Klan. But I can’t use them or PayPal to support Wikileaks, transparency, the First Amendment, and true government reform,” said media blogger Jeff Jarvis.
WikiLeaks began setting up mirror sites around the world to post the State Department cables after its US domain provider EveryDNS shut it down on December 3.
At the latest count Wednesday morning, it was mirrored on 1005 sites.