(on 2013-05-11)

For the next 49 days you can donate to WikiLeaks

Friday May 10th 2013, 23:55 BST

After over two years of financial censorship, Visa opened today for donations to WikiLeaks for the first time since December 2010, after its contractor in Iceland, Valitor (formally Visa Iceland) was ordered to do so by Icelandic Supreme Court.

At the same time Visa/Valitor decided to abuse a clause in its contract to terminate the service again as of 1 July 2013 again without any explanation. Direct credit card donations to WikiLeaks will be blockaded from midnight June 30. By engaging in such conduct Valitor and Visa Europe have decided to subvert a clear and decisive judgment from the highest court in Iceland. These credit card companies continue the politically motivated acts of censorship of WikiLeaks and continue taking part in the unlawful banking blockade against the media organisation alongside MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and Bank of America. No court or administrative body, including the US treasury, has ever found in their favour in this matter.

The service termination on July 1st by Visa through Valitor will be challenged in court. At the same time a compensation claim will prepared by WikiLeaks and its service provider in Iceland, DataCell, for the unlawful closing of the payment gateway from July 2011 until today.

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange stated "Visa thinks it can arbitrarily blockade publishers and businesses that Washington finds offensive. Visa is a threat to national economic sovereignty. Visa must be drummed out and replaced with independent payment schemes."

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