PayPal pulls plug on WikiLeaks donations
originally published by: THINQ.co.uk
published: 4th December 2010
WikiLeaks has had its donation services pulled by eBay-owned payment service PayPal, effectively cutting off the site’s funding.
PayPal said in a statement that its services could not be used to “encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity”.
US-based PayPal claimed Wikileaks had committed “a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy”.
The whiste-blowing site hit out at the decision in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, reading “PayPal bans WikiLeaks after US government pressure”. The post directed users to a page offering new payment options.
The move represents the latest blow to the site after last Sunday’s leak of more then 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables, condemned by US government sources as criminal.
On Tuesday, Amazon pulled the plug on its hosting services for WikiLeaks after coming under pressure from Senator Joe Lieberman, chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
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