Detail: Pelligrini, Venus and Cupid

PayPal copped to US State Department pressure:

The site’s vice-president of platform, Osama Bedier, told an internet conference the site had decided to freeze WikiLeaks’s account on 4 December after government representatives said it was engaged in illegal activity.

“State Dept told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward,” he told the LeWeb conference in Paris, adding: “We … comply with regulations around the world, making sure that we protect our brand.”

Actually Bedier was being a bit of a drama-llama. Backstage he explained that the  State Department did not directly talk to PayPal, and their decision to stop flowing $ to WIkileaks was based a nastygram from the State Department to Wikileaks.

MasterCard’s excuse per Guardian UK:

MasterCard rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal.

I am at a loss as to how supporting a defense fund is illegal.

And if you want to give to Wikileaks, PhoenixWoman has some links

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.