Wikileaks is Wikipoor


WikiLeaks’ money woes brings end to leak of secrets

The whistleblowing website set up by Julian Assange said that it is temporarily suspending publication of leaks to fight a “blockade” by credit card companies.

The refusal to accept donations has cost the website “tens of millions of dollars” in lost funding, the website said.

Mr Assange was due to make the announcement at a press conference in London at 1pm today , and appeal for donations to help flight the blockade.

WikiLeaks said “in order to fight for its survival” it has decided temporarily to stop publishing secret state documents, while it battles the financial blockade through the courts.

In a statement, WikiLeaks said: “In order to ensure our future survival, WikiLeaks is now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fundraise in order to fight back against this blockade and its proponents.”


I wonder how much Julian has spent fighting extradition to Sweden where he is charged with raping two women?

Because if I recall correctly Wikileaks collected about $1.3 million last year.



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22 Responses to Wikileaks is Wikipoor

  1. yttik says:

    You don’t suppose somebody will give them a bail out, do you? I hear they’re too big to fail.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Oh too funny, a former soviet citizen takes on OWS ….

  3. DeniseVB says:

    The lady almost had me convinced to move to N. Korea 😛

  4. Catfish says:

    The U.S. government has effectively suspended an organisation’s financial transactions outside the color of any law or any constitututed authority. This is isn’t even a case of the Imperial Presidency, or even of the Imperial Senate Subcommittee, it’s the Imperial Senate Subcommittee Member. The lawlessness hasn’t stopped at WikiLeaks either, even a group as unassuming as Diaspora has just had its PayPal transactions arbitrarily frozen.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Does the government control the banks or do the banks control the government?

      Why do all these wannabe revolutionaries act shocked when the system they want to overthrow doesn’t cooperate?

      • Catfish says:

        So Diaspora should have known better than to code an open-source social networking platform? How is that any different than the Atkinites on Hullabaloo who crowed that posters who got kicked out in the purge should have known better than to post criticism of Obama? Why should they act so surprised when loyalists of the Democratic Party they think is so corrupt don’t cooperate?

        • 1539days says:

          A credit card is a bank account with short-term lending. There is a legal agreement involved in that transaction. In order to accept credit card payments you must agree to various conditions, including following certain laws. There is no human right to a credit card or credit card processing.

          Anyone can mail them a check.

        • votermom says:

          There is no human right to a credit card or credit card processing.

          Are you sure? I thought as long as I wanted something then I have a right to it? /ows

        • Catfish says:

          In order to accept credit card payments you must agree to various conditions, including following certain laws.

          What law is there against starting a social network? There isn’t one, yet Diaspora have still had their transactions frozen. Once you start condoning lawless behaviour on the part of the government don’t be surprised if they don’t feel inclined to restrain themselves.

        • Karma says:

          What right does a social network have to force any business to work with them?

          Your version kinda blows those “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” or “No shirt, no shoes, no service” signs right out of the water. Freedom for thee…but not for me…huh?

          Besides, PayPal isn’t the govt and even govt doesn’t have unrestricted access to its services either. There are rules and regulations to follow with them as well.

        • Catfish says:

          What right does a social network have to force any business to work with them?

          What right did Obama critics have to post on Hullabaloo? Will myiq2xu be writing an apology to David Atkins?

          Besides, PayPal isn’t the govt and even govt doesn’t have unrestricted access to its services either. There are rules and regulations to follow with them as well.

          1. PayPal has a virtual monopoly on internet micropayment. If it has begun to arbitrarily exclude businesses from participating, it stands to be able to leverage near-dictatorial control over the bulk of digital commerce.

          2. The government is (or rather was) subject to clearly defined limits on when and how it can discriminate.

          3. As the government is no longer maintaining even a fig-leaf pretense of abiding by the law, it’s no simple matter to determine whether PayPal has frozen Diaspora’s account for its own reasons, or if PayPal is acting on the government’s fiat.

          • myiq2xu says:

            Will myiq2xu be writing an apology to David Atkins?

            Not in this lifetime.

            If Atkins or Digby wants to ban me that’s no sweat off my ass. Banning Vastleft OTOH, is chickenshit.

            In either case, why did he lie about it?

        • Three Wickets says:

          Is Diaspora part of #ows. Thought it was an NYU school project that never got off the ground last year…didn’t know it was still around.

        • Catfish says:

          In either case, why did he lie about it?

          Would you say lying is more shocking, or less shocking, than imposing extralegal sanctions?

        • Karma says:

          Catfish,

          Obama critics have no right to post on Hullabaloo if that is how they want to run their site. But that doesn’t mean Myiq has to be quiet about the banning/post removals. And there is no reason he should apologize to Atkins for revealing that truth or having an opinion.

          It is their loss that they can’t defend their democratic principles with other democrats or anyone else. It only reveals why they were able to sell those same principles out so quickly for Obama. And why they would accept and cheerleader the best damn Republican president the GOP has ever had.

          1. As far as PayPal having a virtual monopoly. Yes, that’s true. But PayPal has had issues with just about every person that has used their service. Has there been a year that PayPal wasn’t hacked or stealing someone’s account since it opened? Because if there was, I missed it. Frankly, the social network should have realized the weak link that is PayPal long ago. I cringed when someone recently asked me to pay with them and still think I should have spent the time and got a money order.

          2. The govt has clearly defined limits…..and they do all the defining….just ask John Yoo..

          3. If the PayPal is acting on the govt’s behalf, then those clearly defined limits you were referring to earlier, will also not apply. Remember telecom immunity? Govt definitions strike again.

          Diaspora will probably never know if their account is being messed with due to the govt wishes. But either way, they should be happy for the wake up call and support money orders. Yes, it is a hassle but it’s worth it.

        • Karma says:

          Didn’t read Diaspora’s own comments before responding, but they note PayPal’s freaky ways as well. And appear to have switched to Stripe while PayPal earns six months worth of interest on their frozen account.

          I realize this probably isn’t new information for you, but it appears Stripe might have more favorable terms and PayPal has inspired more attacks from Anonymous. Not a good business practice to run customers off. Though it should be noted that Stripe has ties to PayPal….so money orders might still be in vogue.

          http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2118235/paypal-blocks-donations-diaspora

          “We’re sorry to say that PayPal has frozen our account, so we’re currently unable to process contributions by credit card,” the social network developers wrote,

          “We’re working as fast as we can to resolve this, and will have an alternative up ASAP. In the meantime. PayPal is notorious for arbitrary blocking of legitimate donations. We’ll get this sorted out as quickly as we can.”

          More info at link…

  5. Catfish says:

    Is Diaspora part of #ows.

    No.

    Replace the political system?

    Sure!

    Replace the economic system?

    No problem!

    Replace Facebook?

    Too disruptive! Think of all the photos I’d have to move! It’s way to early in the game to be discussing radical **** like that.

    Thought it was an NYU school project that never got off the ground last year…didn’t know it was still around.

    It went into beta at the start of the month. The server network is already substantial.

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