Bank of America has announced it will no longer process transactions for the website WikiLeaks, which trades in the release of secret government documents. WikiLeaks has teased coming after a financial institution next and in a 2009 interview founder Julian Assange mentioned “sitting on five gigabytes from Bank of America, one of the executive’s hard drives.” Bank of America, though, cites the fact that WikiLeaks “may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments,” in reference to Saturday morning’s announcement.
Bank of America is now in the company of MasterCard and PayPal, which have both stopped processing payments for the rogue organization. On the subject, the Voice‘s Michael Lacey wrote:
These companies moved to cut off WikiLeaks’ ability to collect donations and distribute information because of the hysterical fulminations of headline hungry politicians and embarrassed bureaucrats.
“No internet user can publish without the use of an internet server and other internet companies,” lamented Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“If they don’t like your message, you can’t get your message out,” she told Village Voice Media.
But WikiLeaks is guilty of nothing and convicted of less.
Amazon, Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal set themselves up as judges, juries and executioners.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 18, 2010