WIKILEAKS IS EXPECTED to file a complaint against Visa Europe and MasterCard Europe over the credit card giants’ refusal to process payments to it, including donations.
The payments came to a halt when the whistle-blowing website began publishing secret diplomatic cables last year. DataCall, which is Wikileak’s payment processor, is filing two civil law suits, according to Techworld. There will also be a complaint filed to the European Commission.
DataCell alleges that its business has been seriously damaged because by Visa and Mastercard banning other companies from working with it. The complaint will state that they abused their market position and participated in anticompetitive practices, reports Silicon Republic.
Last year the hacker group Anonymous launched an attack on the websites of Visa and Mastercard, among other sites, in solidarity with Wikileaks, saying that any organisation which bowed to government pressure would be targeted.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange recently released a parody of Mastercard’s ‘Priceless’ ads, claiming that $15 million dollars has been lost through the ‘banking blockade’. The video also suggests that the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt was brought about by Wikileaks: