Visa suspends payments to WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks during a news conference in London. Police say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested on a Swedish warrant. Assange was arrested Tuesday Dec. 7, 2010 and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London later in the day. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss, File)

Visa says it has suspended all payments to WikiLeaks pending an investigation of the organization’s business.

Visa’s decision is a powerful blow to the loosely knit organization, which relies on online donations to fund its operations.

Popular online payment company PayPal, Inc. has already severed its links with WikiLeaks. Visa’s decision to pull the plug on WikiLeaks leaves the website with one fewer source of revenue.

Swiss authorities closed Assange’s new Swiss bank account Monday.

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  1. Pondering_It_All

    VISA and Paypal have suspended their donation accounts, but at the same time over 500 WikiLeaks mirror sites have been brought up, all over the world. It was never about money. No matter what governments do, information will flow. There are enough people who see this as freedom of the press, that it is unstoppable without shutting down the entire internet.

    The US is welcome to try, just like China has tried: It just makes them look stupid and ineffective.

  2. Keith in Seattle

    This is outrageous, who in the hell are they to tell me what I can and cannot spend MY money on? I ask again people, where is the rage? Why are these d-bags still on our doorstep? Why are we still bowing to these turds?

  3. Warren

    I expect he will be Jack Ruby’d while in custody. Look for a major international internet crash coincident with the event, to disrupt transmission of the key.

    Am I too cynical yet?


  4. Carl Nemo

    Evidently Julian Assange turned himself in to Scotland Yard. The British magistrate denied bail. Assange is going to fight extradition to Sweden concerning some “sexual assault” related charge which I believe was trumped up to create a hardcore, reason with seedy overtones for arresting him. Yep, kill the messenger by accusing him of being a ‘child molester’ or whatever is an example. As soon as the unwashed, ignorant masses hear such, their ‘minds’ close down…no? Guilty as specified. / : |

    Assange claims he has a “poison pill” in the event they screw him over. I surely hope so and informationally speaking is of nuclear proportions.

    Hopefully enlightened people of this nation and the world at large will see us for the sorry, secretive, emerging militaristic “police state” we’ve become as a nation. Seemingly we’ve become the “Evil Empire” that Ronald Reagan referenced in the 80’s; ie, the former Soviet Union.

    We’re now living within a dystopian Orwellian nightmare as a function of their globalist NWO schemes.

    Assange is seemingly due to become an “unperson” re: 1984 Newspeak

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Keith

    Clearly, the “New World Order” Government and financial overlords have now heeded the rallying cry to stop this person at all costs.

    Unfortunately, it has also now become painfully clear (i.e. “embarrasing”) that what they are REALLY trying to do is simply deflect knowledge of their own incompetence from being further revealed. And their most favored approach is to “shoot the messenger”.

    Clearly, it’s not Assanges’s fault that the US and other world governments can’t keep their own secrets. It’s also not Assange’s fault that these governments have issued WAY too many “Secret” and “Top Secret” clearances (and delegated the authority to classify such material) to FAR too many people to the point that these governments have effectively lost control of “who gets to read what and why”?

    For, as Assange himself has said, “Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest. WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption.” To which I now add…isn’t all that PRECISELY why our Founding Fathers put the First Amendment into our US Constitution in the first place…to keep our government HONEST?

    I also find it absolutely fascinating that every time WikiLeaks publishes truths about the horrific abuses committed by US agencies, all manner of US politicians and diplomats (Hillary Clinton chief among them) trots out the same, worn out, “You’ll risk lives!” or “You’re endangering national security!” or “You’ll endanger the troops!” dogma. However, in seemingly the very next breath, they all go on to quickly point out that there is nothing of importance to what WikiLeaks publishes.

    So, which is it, people?

    Indeed, the US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates has freely admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure. The Pentagon also has stated there was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in Afghanistan. What’s more, a NATO spokesperson in Kabul told CNN it couldn’t find a single person who needed protecting as a result of Assange’s work.

    So once again, I ask: Where’s the “beef”?

    Clearly, what Assange and his people have uncovered is more evidence (if we needed any) that our US Government is so horrifically incompetent that it most likely would screw up a two car funeral. However, the Wikileaks documents have ALSO now revealed an apparently pervasive US Government policy to treat its own citizens like mushrooms…that is…to keep us all in the dark and feed us a continuing line of crap.

    If anything, Assange’s work has revealed, beyond ANY lingering shadow of doubt, that our elected and appointed officials are nothing but serial liars who remain absolutely committed to perpetually underwriting illegal, so-called “wars of pre-emption” around the world…and then not telling the people who are paying for such wars the real truth about what they’ve paid for.

    As I’ve said, if we simply stopped poking our unwelcome noses into other nation’s affairs (and also stopped trying to hunt down and prosecute people like Assange who remain committed to disseminating the truth about such issues) our nation would be FAR better off in the world.

    That is, if we simply refrained from continually crawling into bed with foreign governments (like the Government of Israel) MOST (if not all) of the oceans of odium we have now earned from others would most likely quickly evaporate.

    For, those who would do our nation harm do not hate us for what we ARE.

    Rather, they now hate us for what we DO.