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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 12:53 PM
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Wikileaks to Break 'Bank Blockade' with US Foundation/ EFF Involved
Published on Friday, April 20, 2012
Wikileaks to Break 'Bank Blockade' with US Foundation
Whistleblowers seek to restore funding 500 days after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked donations
- Common Dreams staff

US backers of transparency organization Wikileaks have announced plans to establish a foundation for the site seeking a way to allow donors to give money to Julian Assange's Wikileaks once again. Wikileaks has undergone over 500 days of a "banking blockade" after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked donations from going to the website.

WikiLeaks has lost 95% of its donation income since the blockade was called by US senator Joe Lieberman.

"Supporters based in the US are now in talks with Assange to establish a US-based foundation aimed at funding organizations cut off by private companies in situations with first amendment implications," reports The Guardian.

Spearheading the campaign are Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers leaker, and John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the US online rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"We now have organizations with the ability to stifle free expression with no bill of rights that applies to them just terms of service," he said.


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The Guardian: WikiLeaks supporters plan US foundation to restore funding

Barlow said: "The foundation will aim to support WikiLeaks and others, like bloggers, who have been targeted by such blockades. We hope this will make a moral argument that will change these companies' minds, but it could also be the basis of legal challenges."

A US-based foundation would be in a stronger position to make challenges based around the US first amendment which covers, among other provisions, freedom of speech and freedom of the press than WikiLeaks' current major funder, the Wau Holland Foundation, which is based in Germany.

Barlow also warned about the growing power of private organisations in the internet era, saying that protections which restricted governments often did not cover private-sector censorship. <...>


WikiLeaks strongly condemned the "extrajudicial" action.

"Five hundred days have passed since a cartel of the world's largest financial players, Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union instituted a consolidated, extrajudicial financial blockade against WikiLeaks," it said.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/20-5
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 05:57 PM
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1. It's sad to me that WIKI Defense gets little interest. Even when EFF is involved
it's almost like WIKI and ASSANGE are an enemy of the people?

Don't folks realize that much of their leaks gave ammunition to people and organizations who were against Bush/Cheney and the Corporate/Media/Global Empire?

What's with that? I know some younger DU'ers think Assange was an Egotist. But, he got out the only stuff that we've had that verified what so many of us Dem Activists and Bloggers were trying to get out QUESTIONING our MIC?

Yet...he's "Under the Bus with Bradley Manning and so many others. Why is that? :shrug:
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 06:23 PM
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2. KoKo you saw that music/video link I posted on DU3, right?
In a reply on the Army photo scandal thread... see here

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/1002580251#post...

Unionworks turned me onto this song by Crosby / Nash about Bradley Manning and stifling of whistleblowers.

This was in context of a thread on the continuing mistreatment of whistleblowers as traitors by the administration...

I reposted the thread about the Army whistleblower on DU2

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:37 PM
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3. No...I missed both posts...so thanks for the links. Will definitely check out...
:hi:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:52 PM
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4. Okay...went to link at DU-3...(I thought post was dead) but, got to see
the whole video...so replied which gave a kick (even thought it will sink again like a stone) but, maybe a "good soul or two" will watch the video before the whole thing goes off to archives.

And...I did check the other link here...and YES you DID REPLY... I'm still "out of whack" from my Road Trip/partial..what was supposed to be mini-vacation." :crazy: I'm still not feeling "all there" these days.

Thanks!
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 11:55 PM
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5. Heh, I thought you'd like that song (here's a direct link for those wondering)
What the song on the DU3 thread above is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAYG7yJpBbQ

Graham Nash of CSNY wrote it about Bradley Manning, and unionworks posted it in another thread.

I was more worried that I figured everypony here but me had heard of this song ;-)

(I referred to it only obliquely in reference to the whistleblower who released those Army photos. I wonder if he'll end up in an oubliette...)

So your vacation proved to be more stressful than relaxing? :shrug:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-22-12 07:03 AM
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6. Kick. (Too late to rec.)
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