Apparently even those powered by the people need capitalist ideals to keep themselves moving forward. Wikileaks founder and front man, Juliane Assange, has announced that for now at least, Wikileaks would be halting its document publishing because they have run out of money.
Assange said that there had been an “arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade” with Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union all refusing to do business with the organisation. Anonymous famously targeted Paypal and other groups in an attempt to defenc Wikileaks, but seemingly to no avail.
Assange went on to say that because of the blockage by these organisations that upwards of 95% of their revenue had been held off because of it. Much of it accounted to “tens of millions of dollars in lost donations at a time of unprecedented operational costs”.
“A handful of US finance companies cannot be allowed to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket,” he added.
He went on to say that they had filed anti-trust lawsuits in Europe and were targeting these organisations with other legal action within Iceland, Denmark, the UK, Brussels, the United States and Australia.
Assange is currently residing in the UK, waiting to hear how his trial for extradition to the US turns out. He is currently under investigation for sexual assault charges, something he and his supporters claim is a ruse to deface his reputation and reduce his support from others.