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Visa, the huge credit card company, has suspended payments to WikiLeaks, pending an investigation of the controversial website's business operations, the AP reported Tuesday.

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.

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handsome devil !

whatever happened to the first amendment. visa et al.are not afraid that something might "leak" that is actually true and exposes certain coverups and conspiracies, shady political dealings etc? were visa, mastercard etc. pressured by anyone???

December 28 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Clinton

Well its about time. I have not commented for years since Bill Clinton was in office because of all the negative e mails and feedback I received after one such comment I made in good faith. People can be vicious when they want to be.

December 08 2010 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex

Now, go after each and every person in WikiLeaks! After that, go after every misguided fool who contributed (money) to treasonous acts. Ignorance is no repreive from the law. Any American who disagrees is in serious need of history lessons and a reassessment of his/her patriotism. Show me one person who does not harbor a secret or two of his own and I'll show you a liar. Why would anyone expect nations to not have secrets? The big difference is that national secrets are vital to countless millions.

December 07 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
God

The right choice at a right time by yet another. Viva la' Visa! Let's hope the trend continues. It's one thing to know how shallow world politics in as seeming, but exposing same in black and white unequivocally detrimental to all.

December 07 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Happy Face

I salute Visa and PayPal. It was the right move.

December 07 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
nortens

WiliLeaks....Speaking truth to power...has its consequences. Daniel Ellsberg was demonized also. My question is simple...since when is truth treason????

December 07 2010 at 9:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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clpblank

Truth is treason when it puts the the people in those releases in danger, it really doesn't get any simpler than that.

December 08 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tspoon

I look at it like this. If you really knew who killed Kennedy. I mean you have pictures and a section of the Zapruder film clearly showing J Edgar behind the trigger in the knoll. Or hidden video of Bush and Cheney without an absolute doubt orchestrating 9-11, plotting fact attacks on Iraq. Hussien is for Dad admissions. Wmd's sound as good as any other story. and the planes should hit here for the best effect. You get my drift. Real Wikileaks type material. Whould you tell? Would you disclose it. Would you want to know? A strange type of "violation of vital secrets of national security" of is it just somebody who is bold enough to expose the lies and the proof to back it up.

December 07 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ynisson

I now know that both MasterCard and VISA have, just today, begun to refuse to deliver the funding WikiLeaks was getting from charities and handled by credit outfits. I have voted with my feet, as we democratic Americans say when we are walking away from doing business with the pig and I have phoned both of the two banks with which I hold both bankcards to tell them that their cards are no longer in my wallet and for the time being, I will do my shopping with green cash.

December 07 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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.........HAC...

Well, let'sjust hope your family is not the first one hit by the terroristic actions these crimminals start, or wikileak starts to publish you bank account numbers, then you will be singing a different tune, but then again, you will probably just balme the goverment for that too.

December 07 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Helen

good for you

December 07 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ynisson

Now I learn that MasterCard is also refusing to do business with WikiLeaks. I will stop using my (Citicard) MasterCard and phone the bank to tell them so.

December 07 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
bloodsacrifice37

So lets see. First that couple on that reality show on Bravo get past security and attend the White House dinner. Then this. Hahahahaha Doesn't matter who pulls out now. In fact, Yahoo pulled out also. Can you imagine the number of people who already printed up these documents? Does anyone sincerely believe THEY won't make hard copies and sell them off? The government may control the banks and scared off Yahoo, but they can't scare everyone else who already has there hands on it. Was never interested in these docs, but now with Visa pulling out my curiosity is peaked.

December 07 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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