Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks
The Wikileaks story rumbles on as we near the end of 2010 and the latest company to withdraw its support is the Bank of America. This follows on from other financial institutions including a Swiss bank, Mastercard and PayPal.
The reason the bank gave for refusing to handle payments from the controversial website was that "Wikileaks may be engaged in activities that are... inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments." Which could mean anything.
Wikileaks hit back by asking supporters to stop using bank of America, though this is a tougher sell given the difficulties people face in moving their accounts from one bank to another these days.
The bank of America, based in North Carolina also said that they will "not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for Wikileaks" but left the statement at that without providing clarification about what types of transaction this could cover.
The war of words between Wikileaks and businesses that have withdrawn services from it is set to rumble on into the new year and it will be interesting to see what companies, if any, will be the next to line up against the website.
It's entirely possible that this could throttle Wikileaks to a point where they simply have to close their doors and shut up shop. Fear not though because the scandal has inspired whole generations of people to take up arms and Wikileaks in 2011 will be only one of a great number of whistle-blowing websites out on the world wide web.Advertisement