WikiLeaks partner loses Visa, MasterCard loophole

July 8, 2011 22:43

NEW YORK - A WikiLeaks partner found a new bank to accept Visa and MasterCard donations this week, but the respite from the card networks' months-long embargo was only temporary, because the bank shut down the payments within hours, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Visa and MasterCard, the world's two largest card networks, blocked donations to WikiLeaks in December. But on Thursday, WikiLeaks payments provider DataCell said it could start processing donations to Julian Assange's group again.

An Icelandic bank called Valitor had agreed to accept payments processed by DataCell, but DataCell did not tell Valitor that those payments would include donations to WikiLeaks, one person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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