Friday, 29 April 2022 — Caitlin Johnson
In what appears to be yet another escalation in Silicon Valley’s redoubled efforts to quash dissident voices since the beginning of the Ukraine war, PayPal has just blocked the accounts of multiple alternative media voices who’ve been speaking critically against official US empire narratives. These include journalist and speaker Caleb Maupin and Mnar Adley and Alan MacLeod of MintPress News.
25 February 2021 — Global Research
After years of working hard to stop the voice of independent media being heard on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, the turn has now come to strangling their funding. The financial company Patreon is the latest to join the establishment drive to marginalize and criminalize all dissenting opinions.
14 January 2020 — The Mind Unleashed
The Trump administration is ramping up its information war by suspending accounts and removing content.
(TMU) — Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN.
21 November, 2012 — The People’s Record
European Parliament votes to protect WikiLeaks. In a landmark decision today the European Parliament initiated the drafting of legislation that would stop the arbitrary banking blockades against WikiLeaks and other organizations facing economic censorship. This is an important signal from the European lawmakers. It is a recognition of the seriousness of the precedents set in December 2010, still in force, when Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and Bank of America launched a unilateral, extrajudicial banking blockade against donations to WikiLeaks.
2 August 2011 — williambowles.info
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Sydney for Dangerous assignment
Cumberland Courier Newspapers
They will join others and the audience in negotiating a range of dangerous ideas including, that: Wikileaks has not gone far enough; Footballers are Barbarians not role models; Psychopaths Make the World Go Around; Ecstasy is No More Dangerous Than …
28 July 2011 — williambowles.info
WikiLeaks angry that PayPal supports anti-Muslim organization
Washington Post (blog)
By Elizabeth Flock WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a news conference in London in 2010. (Lennart Preiss – AP) Updated 8:09 pm The man behind the attacks on Norway last Friday has boasted of being a part of several anti-Muslim …
25 February, 2011 — creative-i.info
PayPal: EVERYBODY CHILL OUT, We Don’t Block People’s Accounts For Political …
The Business Insider
The group Courage to Resist, which supports WikiLeaks whistleblower Pfc Bradley Manning, had its account briefly shut down by PayPal. Cue horrified cries of censorship! Everybody chill out!, PayPal essentially responds in a blog post on the situation: …
9 December, 2010 — The Local
Swedish micropay site Flattr, which was launched by The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, remains the sole online financial lifeline for embattled whistleblower site WikiLeaks.
Credit card operators MasterCard and Visa and rival online payment system PayPal have shut down donations to WikiLeaks in the last week on the grounds that the site engages in illegal activities.
‘As long as there is no sign that they are doing anything illegal, we will continue,’ Flattr spokesman Niklas Silfverström told The Local on Thursday.
Users can deposit funds into a Flattr account through Visa, MasterCard or Nordea through MoneyBookers or PayPal, both of which charge fees.
When asked whether he thought it was ironic that Flattr is funded through the credit card companies, Silfverström said, ‘We are trying to find alternative means to do transactions and payouts, but we depend on the bigger organisations.’
‘The difference is we distribute the money to WikiLeaks, but there is always the risk that we will be shut down too,’ he added.
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10 December, 2010 — RT
Visa, MasterCard and Pay Pal suffered online outages when they came under attack from WikiLeaks supporters waging cyber-war against the firms they accuse of stifling the project’s activities by stopping payment processing.
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently in a British jail fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.
The US government has presented no charges against Assange, but the absence of solid accusations did not stop American government officials from reportedly putting pressure at the highest level to cut off Wikileaks’ funding supply.
The senior executive of America’s money transfer giant, Pay Pal, said the State Department had written to the company, claiming the online whistleblower had illegally leaked documents. So Pay Pal, along with MasterCard and Visa no longer accept cash donations for the controversial website.
‘It’s the threat of this that has some impact on national security. And when you say that, in the United States, everybody, you know, wets their pants and they do what they’re told,’ scorned Sam Husseini, the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. ‘It’s a misconception in some cases that people think the US is purely a money-driven society. It is not. The government has certain prerogatives, particularly over national security.’
It appears that no court ruling or legal procedures were needed to crackdown on the media organization.
Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist organization, believes the situation with WikiLeaks is outrageous.
‘Wikileaks has not been charged with a single US crime,’ he said, ‘and here the country’s financial institutions are taking action on behalf of our state department to extinguish this whistleblower’s website.’
Later, Pay Pal backtracked on its reasons for acting on the US government’s request, while MasterCard and Visa were most evasive on the issue.
But the general explanation they give for not accepting donation payments for WikiLeaks is that the site ‘encourages, promotes, facilitates or instructs others to engage in illegal activity.’
But, on the other hand, neither MasterCard nor Visa have any problems processing donations for, say, the Ku Klux Klan – a racist, anti-Semitic movement with a history of extreme violence, with goals of racial segregation and white supremacy. And yet it takes seconds to make a donation for the Klan, using your Visa or MasterCard. In this case, MasterCard and Visa are saying, it is all about business. But they are not saying that when it comes to WikiLeaks.
A number of senators, including the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Joe Lieberman, were quick to pat those companies on the back for cutting off cash to WikiLeaks.
But some cannot help asking: if US officials are so down on WikiLeaks, why are they not after the WikiLeaks’ partner newspapers?
’One other incredible thing about the persecution is that so many people are falsely reporting that WikiLeaks has dumped 250,000 documents but it’s not true at all. They were only putting stuff up on their webpage, when the New York Times, [German] Der Spiegel, [British] The Guardian or [Spanish] El Pais were putting them up. They were very useful to the US government in some ways,’ Sam Husseini reminded.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding WikiLeaks. But what is on the surface now, are examples of double standards: everyone is after WikiLeaks, but not, for example, the New York Times. The question is why?
GENEVA — WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange turned increasingly to Switzerland on Sunday, dodging a barrage of threats online and in the real world to keep access to a trove of U.S. State Department cables under a Swiss Web address.
The elusive founder of the website WikiLeaks said he faced ‘hundreds of death threats.’ The site hinged on the Swiss Pirate Party’s wikileaks.ch Web address, though the main server in France went offline, leaving the site reachable through a Swedish server.
3 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House
A Call To Action
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We must put our money where our mouth is.
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WikiLeaks: Experts Explain America’s Role In Afghanistan Corruption
By Braden Holly
President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother, is getting paid by the CIA and that thousands of other officials are being paid off. That, in my mind, is corruption,” said Pratap Chatterjee, an author and columnist for the Guardian. “A lot of the biggest money in Afghanistan is U.S. military and State Department contracts.”
US Takes Cut of Donations by Allies to Afghanistan
By Ian Traynor
THE US military has been charging its allies a 15 per cent handling fee on hundreds of millions of dollars raised internationally to build up the Afghan army, according to US diplomatic cables.