Boycott PayPal

(From the Paypal Blog)

PayPal statement regarding WikiLeaks

December 3, 2010

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.[1]

‘I wish to state my dissatisfaction with your decision to suspend payments to the Wikileaks website. The loyalty of any business should be to its customers, not the government. If Wikileaks is breaking any law, which is very doubtful, it is for the government to take action against it, not private business.

Wikileaks is merely publishing documents it received. Are you prepared to suspend payments to the Guardian newspaper, or the New York Times, who are equally guilty by your reasoning.

I am one of your customers and I’m disgusted with the PayPal/eBay
management. I will not be using your service again until this matter is resolved.[2]

PayPal today stated it stopped payments to the Wikileaks website because of pressure from the US Government. The firm’s vice-president Osama Bedier said the company received a letter from a ‘senior official’ at the US State Department saying the website’s activities were illegal in the US.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley has accused Mister Bedier of lying.

According to the BBC:

US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley tweeted: “The US government did not write to PayPal requesting any action regarding #WikiLeaks. Not true.”[3]

Who is telling the truth?

[1] “PayPal statement regarding WikiLeaks” PayPal Blog, December 3rd 2010

[2] Email from R J Adams (Sparrow Chat) to PayPal, December 8th 2010

[3] “PayPal says US advised it to stop Wikileaks payments” BBC, December 8th 2010

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4 Replies to “Boycott PayPal”

  1. Sorry about that orphan “O” that escaped my busy fingers, RJA.

    I was going to say,

    I don’t know *scratches head* the answer, the government never lies, right?


  2. WWW – for a moment I thought you’d been cut off in your prime!

    Now, who told you the government never lies. Haven’t I always said – don’t listen to silly rumors?

  3. I shall not be boycotting PayPal, RJ – nor Mastercard, nor Visa, nor Amazon.

    I have mixed feelings about current goings-on. I was very much on the side of Assange and Wikileaks earlier on when they exposed that video of shootings of civilians in Iraq. Re this current batch of “embarrassing” cables – not so much. I have an uncomfortable gut-feeling about it.

    Assange knew exactly what he was getting himself into here. Closure of donation paths must have been one of the obvious dangers he could foresee. The public putting themselves to minor inconvenience will not aid him one jot. Those corporations/companies will continue and not even notice the flea bite a few boycotting customers will inflict.

    If someone chooses to boycott as a matter of principle, fair enough. I don’t feel that strongly in this instance, I think things have been drummed up to fever point in the media for a reason – possibly a nefarious one.

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