Whistleblowing site, Wikileaks claims that the US government is mounting a dirty tricks campaign to kill off its funding.
Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects Wikileaks donations, has told the outfit that its account had been closed because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.
But if the story is true then Wikileaks has sat on the information for months. According to the Manchester Guardian, the blacklisting came a few days after the Pentagon publicly fumed at Wikileaks for obtaining thousands of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan,
Moneybookers shut down Wikileaks account on 13 August which means that the outfit sat on the information for some time before going public.
The question is why the allegations of financial warfare are being bought up now.
Moneybookers told Wikileaks that its account had been audited by its security department, we must advise that your account has been closed … to comply with money laundering or other investigations conducted by government authorities.”
Wikileaks claimed that Daniel Stromberg, the Moneybookers e-commerce manager for the Nordic region: said that the account was initially 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,” he was told.
Wikileak’s founder Julian Assange said that this is likely to cause a huge backlash against Moneybookers as “craven behaviour in relation to the US government is unlikely to be seen sympathetically.”
However Moneybookers, which is registered in the UK but controlled by the Bahrain-based group Investcorp, said it never had any request, inquiry or correspondence from any authority regarding Wikileaks. However it refused to be drawn further.
While it could all be true, the story fits into Assange’s theory that he is been personally singled out by the US Military establishment. It was these guys apparently who were behind an attempt to “smear his good name” in a sex scandal too.
Assange has been on the back foot after the sex scandal with people in Wikileaks feeling that he is paranoid and should stand down for a bit. Stories have been appearing which say that the Wikileaks staff believe that the outfit is too Assange orientated.
Assange is clearly trying to gain the high ground back again and what better to do that by dusting off an elderly allegation that the US government is trying to cut off Wikileak’s funding. It is a pity he didn’t think of that last month.