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Characteristics of the Conflict: Free-media versus Institutions

In the past days, PayPal, Amazon and a Swiss Bank’s  services boycotted  Wikileaks. According to the official  web-site, nearly 100 thousand USD were seized by those payment services.  As well as this, Mastercard and Visa have just recently blocked the financial services offered to Wikileaks, and the damage may be even worse.

A member of our Facebook group, Carmen Morawska, added an interesting piece of data: “Charles Arthur, the Guardian’s technology editor, points out that while MasterCard and Visa have cut WikiLeaks off you can still use those cards to donate to overtly racist organisations such as the Knights Party, which is supported by the Ku Klux Klan”.

Another interesting point is that after being charged with “sex crimes” in Sweden (the country where, curiously, the Wikileaks servers are located – Assange is australian), Interpol called Wikileaks founder’s arrest on maximum urgency.

The truth is that after Wikileaks released the diplomatic cables bank services, internet services, local and international police departments and other governments directly opened fire against what they view as their direct rival.

For us these are inequivocal signs of the real essence of the Wikileaks Conflict: it is a dispute between individuals/free-media vs. institutions. All of the  big enterprises that stopped offering their services to Wikileaks had no legal background to apply those sanctions. What is more, they represent a direct political backlash, as both of the corporations acted under pressure from the U.S. Government, a fact which also makes it a criminal. As this is obviously illegal, Wikileaks is already arranging its legal team.  We believe this is clearly the start of a deliberate battle, in which governments and private groups exercise political pressure on each other to establish a common task-force, which is to restrain the claims for freedom made by individuals and the independent media.

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