Julian Assange
Julian Assange

Greens welcome WikiLeaks ruling

THE Greens have welcomed a decision by an Icelandic court which found Visa and MasterCard were in the wrong by banning credit card donations to WikiLeaks.

The group - famed for releasing confidential government documents and headed by Australian Julian Assange - had its revenue stream cut to a trickle in December 2010 when the card companies blocked clients from transferring funds to the controversial organisation.

The firm that handles these transactions in Iceland, Valitor, was told by Reykjavik District Court to authorise the payments or face a penalty of $6200 a day until it does.

Greens communications spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam - who himself tried to donate to WikiLeaks -said Valitor trampled on the rights of Australians to donate to a legal organisation.

Valitor was sued by Icelandic data hosting service provider DataCell, after the payment card company refused to process payments to WikiLeaks.


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