Monthly Archives: April 2012
Whistleblowers seek to restore funding 500 days after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked donations.
US backers of transparency organization Wikileaks have announced plans to establish a foundation for the site seeking a way to allow donors to give money to Julian Assange’s Wikileaks once again. Wikileaks has undergone over 500 days of a “banking blockade” after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked donations from going to the website.
WikiLeaks has lost 95% of its donation income since the blockade was called by US senator Joe Lieberman.
“Supporters based in the US are now in talks with Assange to establish a US-based foundation aimed at funding organizations cut off by private companies in situations with first amendment implications,” reports The Guardian.
Spearheading the campaign are Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers leaker, and John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the US online rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
“We now have organizations with the ability to stifle free expression with no bill of rights that applies to them – just terms of service,” he said.
Continue reading here.
As you know, this site is dedicated to fighting the Wikileaks Blockade. Various avenues have been unsuccessful so far so it’s time to try the Reserve Bank of Australia.
They regulated finance systems in Australia so they likely have the power to force MasterCard, Visa, American Express etc to provide this service to us, the consumers.
I implore you to email them, send them a letter or call them. I’ve spoken to them and they are really helpful.
Their contact details are here:
Thanks @Spider_Sheep for tweeting their details.
If we all do our part, we CAN overturn this!
Twitter user @gailymalone posted this earlier today:
“For Aust. Mastercard at 94663700 speak to exec David Masters. He said they acted on instructions frm PM & Attorney Gen. #assange #Wikileaks”
about 13 hours ago from web
Non-NSW residents probably need to add an 02 to that phone number.
Note: The ABC Tech website published this article yesterday based on @gailymalones tweet
‘Prime Minister did not tell Mastercard to block Wikileaks donations‘