WikiLeaks to Sue Visa, Mastercard

 Remember when Visa, Mastercard and PayPal shut down money flows to WikiLeaks at the behest of the government? The cutoff has been ongoing for six months, and WikiLeaks has lost its patience. Forbes reports that if the companies haven't eased the restrictions by Thursday, July 7, it will take them to court:


If Visa Europe and MasterCard Europe haven’t re-opened payment WikiLeaks by next Thursday, the group and its payment provider DataCell plan to file a complaint with the E.U. Commission against the two companies as well as the Danish payment processor Teller, according to Sveinn Andri Sveinsson, the Icelandic lawyer for WikiLeaks and DataCell.


“They’re boycotting Datacell and Wikileaks without any objective justification,” says Sveinsson. “This is clearly an abuse of their market dominance.”

The suit accuses the companies of violating an EU Treaty on non-compete clauses. Meanwhile an independent investigator hired by Visa reported to the company that it did not find that Wikileaks had broken any laws -- a condition upon which Visa said they would reopen their account.

Read more at Forbes.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 4, 2011, 4:33am

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