U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again.
The firm had contracted with another payments processor to enable WikiLeaks donations for a few brief hours, before Visa noticed and ordered it shut down.
DataCell previously threatened legal action against Visa and MasterCard over their blockade of WikiLeaks’ payments, which they said had hurt their business. They did not file the necessary paperwork, however.
WikiLeaks, on the other hand, did sue. DataCell was said to be joining that case.
“We choose to interpret [yesterday’s lifting of the blockade] as that Visa and Mastercard (have) in fact given in to our demand that the payment services (be) reinstated,” the company said in a prepared statement.
Visa and MasterCard, along with PayPal, Bank of America and Western Union, have all decided to withhold funds from WikiLeaks. The site placed their resulting losses at nearly $15 million.
(H/T: Computer World)