October 15, 2010
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WikiLeaks believes that it is paying for (or rather, not being paid for) its military leak. According to the Guardian, WikiLeaks has claimed that “it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government.” Moneybookers, an Internet payment company registered in Britain that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the company to say its account was closed down because it was on an official US watchlist and Australian government blacklist.
“The apparent blacklisting came a few days after the Pentagon publicly expressed its anger at Wikileaks and its founder, Australian citizen Julian Assange, for obtaining thousands of classified military documents about the war of Afghanistan, in one of the US army’s biggest leaks of information,” states the Guardian article by David Leigh and Rob Evans. The documents were then made available to the Guardian, the New York Times and a German magazine Der Spiegel, “revealing hitherto unreported civilian causalities.”
Wikileaks went against calls from the Pentagon telling the company to return war logs and destroy the copies they had. “Instead, it has been reported that it intends to release an even larger cache of military documents, disclosing other abuses in Iraq,” reports the article by the Guardian.