PayPal Kills Wikileaks' Account

Service says it can't be used for illegal activity
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2010 9:04 AM CST
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(Newser) – Want to donate to the less-than-popular cause of WikiLeaks? Better find an option other than PayPal, which has yanked the account used by the elusive leakers to take in donations, reports the AP. WikiLeaks had violated its policy, PayPal contends in a blog, "which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity."

The move leaves WikiLeaks with only an Australian PO box, a Swiss credit-card processing partner, and bank transfer to accounts in Switzerland, Germany, or Iceland as means of raising money. Click here to read how else the noose is tightening.

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