Wikileaks can’t get its cash because of an economic blockade by Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and other financial institutions. The credit card companies started blocking payments to Wikileaks last year, and the inability to collect donations from the public via credit cards and other electronic transfers is taking its toll on the organization.
In a message on its website, Wikileaks announces that it will cease publishing new leaks until it gets its finances in order:
“We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival. For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly.”
“WikiLeaks has lost an estimated 95% of donations due to financial blockade,” WikiLeaks spokeswoman Kristinn Hrafnsson said. “It could have received 40 million to 50 million Euros if it weren’t for the blockade,”