Friday, October 15, 2010
Moneybookers Is Pentagon Puppet.
Update: A look at the Wikipedia page for Investcorp, the corporation behind Moneybookers, reveals interesting Rockefeller, Iraq and Middle East connections.
WHISTLEBLOWING website WikiLeaks claims its funding has been blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government.
The Guardian reported that Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company, reportedly closed WikiLeak’s account on August 13.
It claims the organisation had been put on a US government watchlist and an official Australian blacklist.
The blacklisting came a few days after the US publicly expressed its anger at WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, for releasing classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan.
Assange, a Sweden-based Australian citizen, told The Guardian that he learned of the apparent blacklisting after he emailed the Moneybookers e-commerce manger for the Nordic region, Daniel Stromberg, asking why his account was suspended.
"When I did my regular overview of my customers, I noticed that something was wrong with your account and I emailed our risk and legal department to solve this issue," Mr Stromberg's email read.
"Below I have copied the answer I received from them: 'Hi Daniel, you can inform him that initially his account was suspended due to being accessed from a blacklisted IP address. However, following recent publicity and the subsequently addition of the WikiLeaks entity to blacklists in Australia and watchlists in the USA, we have terminated the business relationship.'"
Assange predicted that the blocking of funds would "likely to cause a huge backlash against Moneybookers".
"Craven behavior in relation to the US government is unlikely to be seen sympathetically."
Read more at the Guardian.