WikiLeaks is quickly becoming an island unto its own.
PayPal has posted a statement on its website, saying: “PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We’ve notified the account holder of this action.”
WikiLeaks already lost their DNS server and was kicked off of Amazon Web Services among other things so this is going to come as quite a blow, hitting them where it hurts so to speak.
The companies that are running as fast as they can from WikiLeaks are saying they don’t condone illegal activity, although RWW points out that WikiLeaks has done nothing illegal.
Although these companies have said that their terms of service forbid the support or facilitation of illegal activity, such pronouncements about Wikileaks are debatable. While it is a crime to leak classified information, receiving and publishing it is not.
Add all that to the rape allegations and being added to Interpol’s “Red” list, I think it’s fair to say it’s been a pretty bad week for Julian Assange.