Wikileaks has been going through a turmoil. Yesterday, EveryDNS – the company that offered DNS management service to Wikileaks blacklisted their website thereby bringing the whistle-blower website down. As we had noted, you can still get access to Wikileaks documents using one of the mirror websites.
But tightening the noose further on the whistle blower website, Paypal – an eBay subsidiary – has announced that the company is blocking access to funds for Wikileaks from their customers. In a media statement, Paypal has said
“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”
Paypal claims that it was under no pressure from the US government to act. But that sound dubious considering the sequence of events that Wikileaks has gone through over the past one week.
What do you think? Do you think the Wikileaks ban was genuine or do you think Paypal was under pressure to act?