WASHINGTON Dec 4 Online payment service PayPal
said it has suspended the WikiLeaks' account that the
organization used to collect donations.
U.S.-based PayPal said in a statement that WikiLeaks, which
this week released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables,
had violated its policy. A posting on WikiLeaks' Twitter page
said "PayPal bans WikiLeaks after US government pressure."
A statement on the PayPal site said: "PayPal has
permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a
violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states
that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that
encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in
illegal activity. We've notified the account holder of this
PayPal is one of several ways that WikiLeaks takes in
donations to finance its operations.
On Friday, WikiLeaks directed readers to a web address in
Switzerland after two U.S. Internet providers dropped it in the
space of two days.
The Internet publisher directed users to www.wikileaks.ch
after the wikileaks.org site on which it had published
classified U.S. government information vanished from view for
about six hours.
(Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Bill Trott)