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Snowden’s Gold: WikiLeaks Now Open For Business with payment partner Mastercard

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The timing of this payment gateway opening certainly could be a boon for Wikileaks, who’s latest star, Ed Snowden, could generate millions of dollars in donations for Icelandic docu-dumpers. But there’s more…

The Guardian Newspaper-linked organisation, Wikileaks, appears to now be managing the public-facing PR and media campaign for NSA whistleblower Snowden, which in itself is interesting, considering what Wikileaks stands to gain financially from aligning themselves with Snowden through a series of  upcoming international media opportunities.

Enter stage left – Julian Assange, from his bunker in the basement of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, who has said he’s ‘involved in brokering a deal where Wikileaks would be financing Snowden’s asylum effort, and who has already spoken to Snowden’s father, Lonnie Snowden, but through “an intermediary’, through whom the elder Snowden is able speak to his son Ed. 

Enter stage right – Bruce Fein, the controversial Neocon and Israeli lobby Washington DC  lawyer has been retained by father Lonnie Snowden, and is said to be engineering the domestic effort to bring Snowden back to the US. Fein has hit out in public, where Fein said about Wikileaks in an interview with USA TODAY,“They are using him to raise money”.

If this story plays out in adherence to Shakespearean principles, Wikileaks and Fein will each net huge benefits, with Wikileaks netting millions and championing the latest high-profile operative whistleblower while organising his temporary asylum in a hist country like Iceland or Ecuador, after handing Snowden over to Fein’s camp for a dramatic return to the US for the show trial of the century. If that show trial takes place, it will dwarf Benghazi in terms of the political power-play against the Obama Administration who is already in hot water over a litany of scandals and autocratic overreaching moves both at home and abroad. 

More and more this story is taking on a partisan shape, and may be more about a right-wing-Israeli lobby agenda at home and abroad, and may not have anything to do with actually changing the current US Federal policies on spying on its own citizens – and foreigners too.

A drama that will be brought to you exclusively… by The Guardian.

Watch closely at how this drama unfolds…

ASSANGE: Back in the spotlight handling PR for whistleblower and fugitive Ed Snowden.
WikiLeaks says MasterCard lifts ‘financial blockade’.

MasterCard’s financial blockade against WikiLeaks has been lifted more than two years after the credit card company first took measures to keep their customers from supporting the anti-secrecy website.

WikiLeaks announced in a press release Wednesday that MasterCard International has reversed its decision to not process payments for WikiLeaks and that customers can once again contribute to the site’s operations.

Along with VISA, PayPal, Bank of America and Western Union, MasterCard stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks in December 2010 after the whistleblower website began publishing a trove of classified diplomatic cables pilfered from the computer networks of the US Department of State.

WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange previously called that embargo “an unlawful, US influenced, financial blockade” and “an existential threat” to his organization. With MasterCard once again willing to work with Assange and his website, however, the future of WikiLeaks may be all the less uncertain — and at a time when arguably it’s at its most relevance in a while.

Whereas the publication of State Department cables brought an array of critique directed at WikiLeaks at the time, the website has become of renewed interest as of late following an alliance of sorts established between Assange and Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old former government contractor who has been leaking classified National Security Agency documents to the media. Assange has said he’s involved in brokering a deal that could aid in asylum being granted to Snowden — who is currently wanted by the United States on charges of espionage — while he himself is awaiting safe passage to Ecuador, where’s he’s been offered assistance against his own prosecution.

According to an article published on Tuesday by The Washington Post, Assange has spoken to Snowden’s father this week and said he could coordinate an intermediary to exchange messages between the two.

We are obviously concerned,” Bruce Fein, an attorney for father Lonnie Snowden told the Post. “If Julian Assange can talk to Edward directly, why can’t his dad?”

On his part, Edward Snowden issued a statement through WikiLeaks on Monday condemning US President Barack Obama for his administration’s hunt for leakers and mirrored remarks Assange made last month to RT about how the White House’s actions against whistleblowers — particularly WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning — have hurt journalism as of late.

We know from at least three national security reporters that their sources are hesitant to speak to them and explicitly cite the treatment of Bradley Manning as a reason as to why they are hesitant to disclose abuses by the United States government in the national security sector,” Assange said at the time. “So already the Manning prosecution is harming the quality of western Democracy and the quality of reporting in the press.”

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers,” Snowden said through WikiLeaks on Monday. “No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”

Of course, the financial blockade against WikiLeaks has also hindered that organization for performing its journalistic duties, at least from December 2010 through this week. As the website acknowledges in their statement, though, all that could change if other companies decide to follow in the footsteps of MasterCard, who made their reversal this week in the wake of a recent court ruling that decided in favor of Assange and his site.

In the statement, WikiLeaks recalls how they won a lawsuit in April when the Icelandic Supreme Court ordered VALITOR, the Icelandic partner for Visa and MasterCard, to recommence processing donations after the blockade was erected in 2010.

VALITOR complied and reopened its payment gateway, but gave formal legal notice that it would terminate its contract and reclose the gateway on July 1, 2013, citing a unilateral termination clause in the contract,” WikiLeaks wrote. “VALITOR has now fully reversed its position and announces it will honor the contract.”

WikiLeaks says that in response to that ruling, “MasterCard made clear to VALITOR that it no longer desires to blockade WikiLeaks.”

According to the website, VISA has not yet responded to their competitor’s decision. WikiLeaks intends to sue VALITOR for money lost during the two-and-a-half-year embargo.


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    • Decode the World

      They’re going to collect the names of everyone who donates to Wikileaks and add them to the “red” list.

    • Oliver K. Manuel

      That’s great news if the same totalitarian, one-world government has been trying to control the public worldwide with deceit since 1945. Today sixty-eight years of deception in the USA are crumbling:

      Another open message to members of the Space Science & Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives is posted at the top of my web page today to celebrate this,

      The 237th birthday of this once Great Nation, and to seek an end to

      Sixty-eight years (2013-1945 = 68 yrs) of deceptive government science.

      Comments, pro/con, would be appreciated.

      With kind regards,
      - Oliver K. Manuel
      Former NASA Principal
      Investigator for Apollo
      PhD, Nuclear Chemistry
      Postdoc, Space Physics

    • Oliver K. Manuel

      They may not have access to internet, nor even to pencil and paper, if the public finds out they have been deceived for the past sixty eight years.

    • Bigs

      need anonymous donations then use bitcoin :)

    • hiedak

      I am a victim of “the brain initiative”. It is the great deception. Law enforcement are implanting everyone with radio frequency communication chips aka nerve stimulators or wireless in-body antennas. In Virginia, state and local police give you three options: 1) be put in a stabilization ward and be tortured, 2) be put in jail and be tortured, or 3) be infected with an infectious disease. They have tried the first two and are threatening the third. The chip is protruding from my cancer surgery scars. Even though it was implanted without my knowledge and consent by Dr. Lawrence Chang of Pariser Dermatology, surgeons refuse to remove it. It uses technologies like the audio spotlight by Holosonics. They bombard your mind with obscenities, cursing, and all manner of evil things. Wireless tazing with lasers that come through the electrical outlets – see network world (hacking your computer through elctrical outlets). The Army at Picatinny created a laser induced plasma channel and steered lightening at a target. Police use lasers and steer electricity at my mind, body, heart, and private parts. State Trooper Jared Vance informed everyone they come through the electronics in your home. They use radio frequency software, lasers, and millimeter wave transmitters to create holograms and tap into your mind seeing through your eyes what your brain sees and hearing what you hear. (See The Mind Weapon by DARPA scientists). It is a microchip implant initiative to enable law enforcement ubiquitous surveillance. See Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer to learn about the project. At lease the European Union is trying to inform their public and protect them. After everyone is defamed, defrauded, unemployable, crippled and suffering, who takes care of us. Will there be indentured servitude? Even the Federal District Court Judge knew I was in excruciating pain (according to her own clerk of courts) and she refused to grant a motion for cessation of torture. This is the weapon of the anti-Christ and the mark of the beast. These law enforcement officers are criminals and do not uphold the Constitution. People need to read about these new weapons. (See Mental Illness and Terrorism: New weapons mimic mental health disease). See and search Brandon Raub. Virginia has one of the highest suicide rates in the country! Check out Brian Castner’s book The Long Walk – our vets are being tortured into suicide. He says, “this is my new life. It’s intolerable.” I never served in the war, but I know how he feels. I am no longer free to live my life. I am enduring it.

    • Anonymous

      You need a good lawyer, and to get out of that state.
      If the device implanted is what you say/think it is I am sure that contacting an embassy of a foreign government who would be happy to have it removed at no cost to yourself to reverse engineer the technology.
      It could also be that the strong chemotherapy is having an effect on your mind .
      As an electronics engineer of many years standing do not think some of the things suggested could happen in the way you may think for technical reasons or you are describing wrongly.

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