Visa, the huge credit card company, has suspended payments to WikiLeaks, pending an investigation of the controversial website's business operations, the AP
Visa's decision followed an announcement by the online payment company PayPal Inc. that it had ended ties with WikiLeaks, which is publishing hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. State Department cables that it somehow obtained, much to the embarrassment of the government. The whistleblower website depends on online donations to fund for its operations, so the pullout by Visa and PayPal could be a significant blow.
In addition, Swiss authorities said they had closed a new bank account started by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested Tuesday in London
to face sexual misconduct charges in Sweden. In Washington, the Obama administration has opened a criminal investigation, saying the posting of secret documents has put lives at risk and jeopardized national security.