Monday, October 24, 2011

Wikileaks suspends publication of new material on site, says MC/Visa/Paypal blockade threatens its existence

Wikileaks (link) has announced that it has suspended publication of any new information, since its source of funds is dessicated by the Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, and Western Union bans which wipe out 95% of the financial support. Quote: "We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival." 

The archives of information by individual country appear to still be up at the site.

There are many stories, such as this one by Reuters, where Assange says the “blockade” threatens the site’s existence.  Of course, the government has jawboned the major financial institutions into blocking the ability of Assange to receive support in a normal manner. What if the government could do this for just political reasons? Is this like "The Pentagon Papers" case?

Assange makes his plea for donations (how?) on YouTube.

The American Constitution Society has a presentation, “Some Insight on WikiLeaks and First Amendment Protection”,  dated Dec. 1, 2010, here 

The video asks the question, if you have a shield law, do you “license the press”?  What are the “proper controls” for putting out information that could jeopardize troops?

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