WikiLeaks Get Court Victory, Donations By Visa & MasterCard May Resume Soon

WikiLeaks Get Court Victory, Donations By Visa & MasterCard May Resume Soon

Court victory to WikiLeaks, this Thursday an Icelandic court declared victory in the first round of its campaign against the financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard to WikiLeaks donation. Judge ruled 'Valitor' -Icelandic payments processor to reopen a gateway handling Visa and MasterCard donations to Wikileaks. The court ruled that Valitor must resume processing payments for Wikileaks' partner DataCell within two weeks. If Valitor doesn't, then it must pay a fine of 800,000 Icelandic kronur (USD$6,200) per day until the company complies with the ruling, the Reykjavik district court ruled. 
WikiLeaks says that the ensuing blockade has led to a 95 percent fall in revenue, something which founder Julian Assange says has forced him to focus on fundraising at the expense of his site's publication work.
The judgment, handed down by Reykjavik District Court, is "a very important milestone in our campaign," WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said in a telephone interview. Lawsuits remain active in Denmark and in Belgium, he said, but the Icelandic win was "a small but very important step in fighting back against these powerful banks."
DataCell CEO Andreas Fink said the court had dismissed Visa's argument that DataCell should not be allowed to process donations for third parties.
"The verdict is an important one as the court had to rule on the conditions of the contracts we had with a payment processor which indirectly imposes Visa general rules on us," said Fink. 
Still neither Visa Inc. nor MasterCard Inc. immediately returned emails seeking comment on the judgment.

-Source (Newsday & PCW)


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