Wikileaks website woes worsen: Now banned by PayPal

We’ve been bringing you news about Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing website for some time now and know that it’s a controversial subject. While some feel the site goes too far and threatens U.S. national security, others feel that it’s a good thing that many of the leaks so far should have been exposed.

The latest round of leaks has already seen the Wikileaks website come under a denial of service attack, and then we brought you news that Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ founder is now on Interpol’s most wanted list. After that Wikileaks woes continued to grow with news that its website had now been booted from Amazon, its host site. Well now it seems that things are set to get even worse for Wikileaks as the latest news is now that PayPal has now banned the Wikileaks account.

An article by Ben Parr over on Mashable details how a PayPal company statement says, “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.” This will be a massive blow to Wikileaks as PayPal is its main channel for donations and it has previously also lost its donations through Moneybookers.

The U.S. government has made its displeasure at the leaks from Wikileaks quite clear and one wonders if pressure was placed on PayPal in much the same way that it was applied to Amazon. For more on this go to mashable.com. What do you think of Wikileaks? Do you think the website is doing the world a service by exposing things that have gone on, or do you think it has overstepped the mark in releasing so many documents? We’d be interested to know your views on Wikileaks so please send in your comments and share your opinions.