Thu, 04 Jul 2013 06:30:00 GMT | By Reuters

WikiLeaks claims victory as credit card donations flow again

The donations are used to pay for WikiLeaks' servers, salaries and other operational costs

WikiLeaks claims victory as credit card donations flow again (© Reuters)

Stockholm: International credit card donations to WikiLeaks are flowing again after an Icelandic court ruling forced MasterCard's and Visa's local agent to process payments, the anti-secrecy organisation said on Wednesday.

One of WikiLeaks' most important sources of funding - donations made from Visa and MasterCard users around the globe - was cut off in 2010 when the firms stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks' only direct credit card payment line, located in Iceland.

Their move came after criticism by the United States of the anti-secrecy organisation's release of thousands of sensitive US diplomatic cables, which embarrassed Washington.

The online payment service PayPal, also among the firms that suspended WikiLeaks accounts used to collect donations, said at the time it had acted at the behest of the US government, which deemed WikiLeaks' activities illegal in the United States.

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