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article imagePayPal blocks Wikileaks donations account

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 4, 2010 in World
Online payment solutions provider PayPal blocked the account used by Wikileaks to collect donations. It comes just as the whistle blowing organisation suffered a set back after the wikileaks.org site had reportedly vanished from view for about six hours.
"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,'' Reuters quoted PayPal as saying in a statement.
Wikileaks had this week released thousands of secret U.S. classified messages, generating loads of media buzz and reactions around the world. The US where PayPal is based condemned the publication of its classified messages by Wikileaks.
PayPal is said to be one of several ways that WikiLeaks takes in donations to finance its operations. The closure of its Paypal account raises questions on how it will survive as an online whistle blowing organisation, following uproar and condemnation about its publication of secret documents.
According to Reuters, on Friday, WikiLeaks directed readers to a web address in Switzerland after two U.S. Internet providers dropped it in the space of two days.
The website directed users to www.wikileaks.ch after the wikileaks.org site on which it had published classified U.S. government information momentarily disappeared.
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