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WikiLeaks

  • Donations to Wikileaks through Mastercard and Visa blocked… again

    The Wikileaks’ vs credit card giants Visa and Mastercard legal spat continues unabated… Following the whistleblowing site’s ultimatum to sue, and the credit card giants’ apparent decision to reinstate donations, all within a week, Visa has announced that the lifting of the ban was not meant to be. According to AFP, Visa Europe announced in a statement it had reinstated the block on credit card donations to the whistle-blower website, after discovering it had been “breached”. Quoting Sveinn Andri Sveinnson, Wikileaks’ lawyer, Forbes reported that this move not only blocked payments from Visa, but payments from Mastercard and American Express too. In...

  • Following ultimatum, WikiLeaks credit card donations reinstated

    Mere days after issuing an ultimatum to Visa and Mastercard to lift their seven-month ban on donating to Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing website has claimed victory. Datacell, the whistle-blower’s data hosting service provider in a statement announced that, “…we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact opened the gateway for payments with Visa and MasterCard”. The statement also read, “We choose to interpret this as that Visa and Mastercard in fact given in to our demand that the payment services reinstated”. It added that payments by American Express, which...

  • Wikileaks issues ultimatum to financial giants Visa and Mastercard

    Fed up with being unable to receive funds via Visa and Mastercard, on Monday Wikileaks issued an ultimatum. According to the self described, “not-for-profit media organisation,” should the two financial giants not lift their ban on donations to Wikileaks, they will be laying a complaint with The European Commission. The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union entrusted with proposing and enforcing European Union legislation. Svein Andri Sveinsson, the controversial site’s Iceland based lawyer is reported to have said that should the ban not be lifted by Thursday, Wikileaks would lay it’s complaint against the two companies....

  • Julian Assange recognised as 21st century Nelson Mandela

    Joining the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was, on Wednesday at London’s Frontline Club, awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s top honour for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights”. The Sydney Peace Foundation selects the recipient of their Sydney Peace Prize and have an overall aim of developing the understanding the value of peace with justice in different contexts across the globe. Assange, who launched the controversial...

  • ‘Facebook is the most appalling spying machine ever invented,’ says Assange

    Despite desperately fighting off a Swedish extradiction order from the United Kingdom, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has still managed to find time to sit down with the world’s media. He however has chosen to ignore the traditional and expected choices of news-networks such as the BBC or CNN for lesser knowns such as India’s NDTV. In his latest interview, with RT, a 24-hour Russian English-language satellite news channel, the Wikileaks co-founder yet again managed to make some rather interesting comments. The interview which RT billed as Assange hinting to his being in possession of even further damaging information yet...

  • WikiLeaks and the questions around online civil disobedience

    On December 3rd, noted cyber-libertarian, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, John Perry Barlow tweeted: “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops. #WikiLeaks.” Barlow joined a panel on the WikiLeaks and Civil Disobedience discussion at Social Media Week that used this quote as a starting point to explore just what online civil disobedience really means and how it has been executed so far. Just how do you stage a protest online? The Personal Democracy Forum, which meets regularly to flesh out the implications of transparency in the digital age,...

  • WikiLeaks the movie: Sex, lies and government

    The world’s most dangerous man is about to have his life exposed in a cinematic fashion. The saga of Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower site, has played out in the media with the same vigour as a fast-paced movie… so it only stands to reason that Hollywood would come calling. Film-industry bible, “Variety“, has announced that a movie version is in the works. Assange landed in the crosshairs of the US authorities when he published cables concerning American involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in November 2010. WikiLeaks has made thousands of revelations,...

  • Wikileaks founder speaks out against Chinese internet censorship

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is on the offensive again, blasting China as the “technological enemy” of his whistleblower website due to its aggressive internet censorship, in comments published on Thursday. Assange has enraged the United States with his site’s release of leaked diplomatic cables, and lawyers for the Australian believe efforts are under way to send him to the US where they claim he could face the death penalty. But China, with its vast...