Paypal releases Wikileaks funds

In the midst of various DDOS attacks, Paypal has moved to release Wikileaks' funds from it's account, after it was suspended late last week for a breach of the sites Terms of Service.

AllthingsD reports that the Paypal team posted to their blog that they have made the decision to release funds to Wikileaks, and have said that they have not received any correspondance from the US government and made the decision independently based on their policy terms. Paypal say that they have previously reviewed the Wikileaks account for other reasons, also, but had made the decision to leave it open.

According to Paypal, Wikileaks breaks this part of the Acceptable Use Policy;

[Paypal] do not allow any organization to use our service if it encourages, promotes, facilitates or instructs others to engage in illegal activity.

The payment site says that they will release the remaining funds in Wikileaks' accounts to them today, but the account will remain in a restricted mode, as it is "encouraging sources to release classified material, which is likely a violation of law by the source." They also added that the procedures they are following apply in all other situations such as this, where an account is restricted.


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