October 24, 2011

Wikileaks stops leaking.

Out of money, due to "what the group called a blockade by US-based finance companies."

31 comments:

Sixty Grit said...

OCCUPY WIKILEAKS!

Wait, that doesn't even make sense. No matter, OCCUPY WIKILEAKS!

Curious George said...

The good news is this frees up more time for Julian Assange to get his freak on.

Curious George said...

Plus I'm sure the NYT will pick up the slack.

EDH said...

How long before they adopt PBS-style fundraising techniques?

A Wikileaks Tote Bag, pledge-a-thons, boomer music collections and self-help gurus.

Or "financial Flowmax" from a Soros-controlled foundation.

garage mahal said...

Wikileaks exposes secrets from our evil government, and right wingers don't support that. Weird.

David said...

So they should just use the widely accepted European, Arab, Chinese, Japanese, African or South American credit cards.

Wait. You mean there aren't any? Couldn't they expropriate some or something.

The Drill SGT said...

I'm shocked, shocked, that firms like Visa, that depends on its customers having confidence that their credit card info is secure, doesn't want to be the intermediary for a bunch of folks whose motto is that "information must be Free"

Scott M said...

The 21st Century's definition of a mixed blessing, wouldn't you say?

Scott M said...

Wikileaks exposes secrets from our evil government, and right wingers don't support that. Weird.

What part of mixed blessing doesn't make sense?

Mary Beth said...

I guess there is an up side to having politicians in tight with the banking industry.

garage mahal said...

I'm shocked, shocked, that firms like Visa, that depends on its customers having confidence that their credit card info is secure, doesn't want to be the intermediary for a bunch of folks whose motto is that "information must be Free"

But donating with Visa/MC/Paypal to groups affiliated with the KKK is just fine. Says it all.

Scott M said...

But donating with Visa/MC/Paypal to groups affiliated with the KKK is just fine.

I find people like that personally repugnant, but doesn't such fall under free speech? I could easily suggest the same about CAIR, no? Or massive donations to candidate Obama in 2008.

The Drill SGT said...

garage mahal said...
But donating with Visa/MC/Paypal to groups affiliated with the KKK is just fine. Says it all.


GM, you know that's not my point. It was that a financial services firm, might for perfectly reasonable purposes, not want to finance hackers, or maybe folks that put our troops at risk.

You have evidence that the KKK has a merchants account with Visa?

The Drill SGT said...

Reminds me of a line in one of the later Clancy novels, (the one where there is a brief war with Japan). The Navy leans on CNN to cover up the fact that a damaged Carrier slips out of Pearl Harbor....

After the battle is won, CNN reveals that they were asked to help...

The on-air reporter closes his justification with: "CNN after all, is an American company..."

Maybe Visa sees things the same way...

garage mahal said...

GM, you know that's not my point. It was that a financial services firm, might for perfectly reasonable purposes, not want to finance hackers, or maybe folks that put our troops at risk.

Major newspapers and media orgs print and disseminate the leaks from Wikileaks. Why are they allowed to bank?

edutcher said...

How dare the United States block money transfers to an organization that leaks information that might get its citizens, diplomats, and service people killed!

garage mahal said...

Murdoch's media affiliates can illegally tap people's phones for stories and keep broadcasting, and I'm sure, bank anywhere they damn please.

The Drill SGT said...

garage mahal said...
Major newspapers and media orgs print and disseminate the leaks from Wikileaks. Why are they allowed to bank?


Don't like them doing it either GM... At least most of them do some censoring of names... Want to indict the NYT for a couple of their leaks like "SWIFT", just put me on the jury...

Thorley Winston said...

Looks like Lemmiwinks was more effective than we thought.

madAsHell said...

Although I'm sure that WikiLeaks has caused untold damage, and death, WikiLeaks also showed me that the world works pretty much like I thought.

Allegiances are bought, and sold.
There is no higher calling, or cause.
Life is cheap.

John Lynch said...

I guess it's too expensive to buy a stamp and mail a check.

Thorley Winston said...

It seems to me that the decision to boycott Wikileaks and not provide them with funding is as much protected by the First Amendment as the decision by Wikileaks to publish other people’s information.

Leland said...

GM, there's nothing preventing you from donating to wikileaks. You can claim prevention, but you can do it. Just go to the website and click "donate".

If you don't donate; we will assume its because you don't want information about this government being leaked. Fair?

Will know if you donate when wikileaks provides us the list of donors.

Robert Cook said...

"Although I'm sure that WikiLeaks has caused untold damage, and death, WikiLeaks also showed me that the world works pretty much like I thought."

How can you be sure of that? There has been no evidence of any deaths that have resulted from Wikileaks' leaks.

Robert Cook said...

"How dare the United States block money transfers to an organization that reveals its incompetence, corruption, political skullduggery, and lies?"

There...fixed that for you.

Alex said...

Robert Cook - all the secrets and lies could be exposed and it wouldn't change anything. As long as people care more about Jersey Shore then having good government that will always be the case. You are whistling in the dark, my friend.

Kirk Parker said...

Alex,

"You are whistling in the dark of your own making"

FIFY.

Paddy O said...

Why does leaking cost tens of millions of dollars?

Leland said...

Leaking information isn't very expensive for the leaker. Sexually assaulting women can be pricey. That's probably why there's an option to donate to Assauge's legal defense fund on the donate page. GM is welcome to donate to it too. Again, well know if he follows through when wikileaks shares its information on donors.

Thorley Winston said...

Leaking information isn't very expensive for the leaker. Sexually assaulting women can be pricey. That's probably why there's an option to donate to Assauge's legal defense fund on the donate page.

Free Hat! Free Hat!

Oh sorry, wrong cause celeb.

Revenant said...

But donating with Visa/MC/Paypal to groups affiliated with the KKK is just fine.

You mean like the Southern Poverty Law Center? They've owned all the Klan's assets since the 80s. :)