is joining other financial institutions in declining to process
payments intended for WikiLeaks. Soon after, WikiLeaks tweeted a link
to the story and encouraged supporters to make donations.
In a later tweet, WikiLeaks asked that “all people who love freedom close out their accounts at
Later the group sent this message: “Does your business do business with
WikiLeaks has gained attention in recent months for revealing
PayPal, Visa Europe and others and will not process transactions of any
type that we have reason to believe are intended for WikiLeaks,” the
bank said in a statement Friday.
“This decision is based upon our reasonable belief
that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other
things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing
Companies that have cut ties to WikiLeaks have faced cyberattacks from hackers who back Assange’s organization.
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