Wik­iLeaks’ pay­ment pro­ces­sor to sue

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

LONDON: Wik­iLeaks' pay­ment pro­ces­sor said Thurs­day that it was pre­par­ing to sue credit card com­pa­nies Visa and MasterCard over their re­fusal to process do­na­tions to the se­cret-spilling web­site.

An­dreas Fink, the CEO of Ice­land's DataCell ehf, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that he would seek dam­ages from the Amer­i­can fi­nan­cial com­pa­nies over their de­ci­sion to block Wik­iLeaks funds.

"It's dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that such a large com­pany as Visa can make a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion," Fink said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Switzer­land. In an ear­lier state­ment, his com­pany had de­fended the Wik­iLeaks, say­ing that "it is sim­ply ridicu­lous to think Wik­iLeaks has done any­thing crim­i­nal." Wik­iLeaks has been un­der in­tense pres­sure since it be­gan pub­lish­ing some 250,000 U.S. State Depart­ment ca­bles, with attacks on its web­sites and threats against its founder, Ju­lian As­sange, who is now in a Bri­tish jail fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Swe­den on sex crime al­le­ga­tions. -Ap

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