Bank of America suspends Wikileaks transactions
NEW YORK: Bank of America announced on Saturday that it had decided to suspend all transactions intended for Wikileaks. Spokesman Scott Silvestri said the bank will join MasterCard, PayPal, Visa Europe and others in no longer conducting any transaction of any kind whatsoever which there is reason to believe might be intended for Wikileaks.
Silvestri said the decision was based on the fact that the bank had reason to believe that Wikileaks might be engaged in activities that were, among others, contrary to their policy of internal payments.
Julian Assange, co-founded Wikileaks, immediately responded by denouncing a new form of financial McCarthyism in the United States as he prepared for the broadcasting in January of numerous documents about the American financial system.
Last month, Assange promised information likely to bring down a bank or two with the release of incriminating documents. The news website Huffington Post has dug up an interview that the founder of Wikileaks was granted in October 2009 in a trade magazine where he claimed to hold 5 gigabytes of data from Bank of America from the hard drive of one of its leaders.
On Friday, in an interview with U.S. television network CNBC, Julian Assange had said his organization was the subject of attacks carried out by several banks. He said Wikileaks was attacked, not primarily by governments, not primarily by the U.S. government but by banks. Assange cited the banks of Dubai, banks in Switzerland, American banks, and banks in the United Kingdom without giving any names. He also reiterated his intention to publish the papers of Financial Institutions. -PB News