Not surprisingly, money seems to be at the root of most evil.
I wish Paypal would have worked so vigorously when attemtpts were constantly being made to get prostition offers off Craig's List. It took a few horrific muders and public outcry for Craig's List to finally agree to remove them. Perhaps if Paypal had assisted their it would have been removed more quickly!
My reaction was equally cynical when I read that Visa had cut Wikileaks off. Surely that worked to Visa's advantage economically.
What is needed now is for a movie to be made with Assange, Manning, et al played by attractive, talented actors -- something that would do for Wikileaks what Silkwood, Erin Brockovich, Tucker, etc. did to swing public sympathy away from the dragons and focus attention on the dragon fighters and why they were fighting.
It's interesting that banks are getting in a huff about this. Funny they don't get all moralizing when African or other dictators are socking away public money into private accounts.
Pretty much what I was thinking. An African strongman could massacre thousands of innocents and the same banks and institutions that put on the fake moral outrage act with WikiLeaks would happily handle their money for a profit.
Banks and financial institutions in the US aren't really wholly private, relying heavily on bailouts and the taxpayer funded FDIC. They also completely control the financial playing field in which a strong public interest exists. As such I don't think they should be allowed to pick or choose those with whom they do business for political reasons, particularly in a case like WikiLeaks where there is absolutely no credible evidence of criminality.
Banks and other financial institutions feigning morality or patriotism is a sad joke. Both are concepts utterly foreign to the banking and investment sectors- just as they are foreign in most if not all other big money corporate environments.
(Reuters) - China is the worst state offender in terms of censorship but WikiLeaks is getting past its attempts to restrict access, the website's founder Julian Assange said in an interview published on Wednesday.