Dec 5, 2010

PayPal cuts service for Wikileaks: a political decision?

Fact: The online payments processor PayPal has cut access for donations to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. PayPal said its payment service cannot be used for activities "that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity".

VW (View from Wirtland): Wait a minute. Is WikiLeaks conducting illegal activity? A big question. No court has yet decided that Wikileaks' publications are illegal. Normally, every free mass media has the right to publish documents that it receives from its sources. So, it seems there is no crime in what Julian Assange's Wikileaks is doing. By the way, that's the reason Mr. Assange is not being persecuted for WikiLeaks' activity (but for alleged rape). Therefore, PayPal's decision to cut service for WikiLeaks raises many questions and seems to be politically motivated. That would be understandable if PayPal was a US government service, but it's not. Can you imagine your bank closing your bank account only because you publish a sensational article?

Latest Addition:
Wirtland's official shop has approved designs for T-shirts "FREE Julian Assange" All profit will go to Wirtland's charity fund.