WikiLeaks claims victory in financial blockade case in Iceland court
London: WikiLeaks has said it has secured a victory in Iceland’s Supreme Court against the financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard on donations for the secret-spilling site.
Visa and MasterCard were among half a dozen major US financial firms to pull the plug on WikiLeaks following its decision to begin publishing about 250,000 US State Department cables in late 2010.
WikiLeaks has claimed that the financial blockade led to a 95 per cent fall in revenue.
It said yesterday that Iceland’s Supreme Court had upheld a district court’s decision that MasterCard’s local partner, Valitor, had illegally terminated its contract with WikiLeaks’ payment processer, DataCell.
The court warned Valitor it would be fined 800,000 Icelandic krona ($6,824) per day if the gateway to WikiLeaks donations is not reopened within 15 days, WikiLeaks said.
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