Credit card donations to WikiLeaks flowing through Iceland

By REUTERS
July 3, 2013 18:01

 
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STOCKHOLM - International credit card donations to WikiLeaks are flowing again after an Icelandic court ruling forced MasterCard's and Visa's local agent to process payments, the companies involved in processing the funds said.

One of WikiLeaks' most important sources of funding - donations made from Visa and MasterCard users around the globe - was cut off in 2010 when the firms stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks' direct payment line in Iceland.

Their move came after criticism by the United States of the anti-secrecy organization's release of thousands of sensitive US diplomatic cables, which embarrassed Washington.

The online payment service PayPal, also among the firms that suspended WikiLeaks' accounts used to collect donations, said at the time it had acted at the behest of the US government, which deemed WikiLeaks' activities illegal in the United States.

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