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XIPWIRE opens platform to donate to WikiLeaks, after MasterCard, Visa stop

XIPWIRE, the Center City-based mobile payments company, has launched an online platform through which supporters can donate funding to the controversial WikiLeaks and the legal defense fund of its founder Julian Assange, as reported by Raw Story. The move comes after major credit cards Visa and MasterCard, in addition to online payment giant PayPal, halted […]

XIPWIRE, the Center City-based mobile payments company, has launched an online platform through which supporters can donate funding to the controversial WikiLeaks and the legal defense fund of its founder Julian Assange, as reported by Raw Story.

The move comes after major credit cards Visa and MasterCard, in addition to online payment giant PayPal, halted any payments to the nonprofit, which was the mechanism through which thousands of pages of classified U.S. government diplomatic documents were made public.

On the XIPWIRE WikiLeaks page, the following message is posted:

While people may or may not agree with WikiLeaks, we at XIPWIRE believe that anyone who wishes to support the organization through a donation should be able to do so.We are waiving all fees so that 100% of the donations collected will be directly passed on to WikiLeaks.

More from the Baltimore Sun’s technology blog here.

Do you think this is a brave or a dangerous act? Tell us below.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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  1. Tweets that mention XIPWIRE opens platform to donate to WikiLeaks, after MasterCard, Visa stop — Technically Philly -- Topsy.com / December 8, 2010

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Technically Philly, Christopher Wink, PhillyNewMediaHub, Philly News+Biz, Saad Mukhtar and others. Saad Mukhtar said: XIPWIRE opens platform to donate to WikiLeaks, after MasterCard, Visa stop http://bit.ly/g6zSi3 via @TechnicallyPHL [...]

  2. Phil / December 8, 2010

    Excellent.

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

    – The friends of Voltaire

    We need a chapter of Wikileaks in every country on the planet.

    Keep safe and thanks

    Phil, UK

  3. CharliePATpk / December 9, 2010

    On one hand I am inclined to say XIPWire is as culpable for the damages resulting from the publishing of the stolen data.

    On the other, there’s no way to prevent this from happening; someone is going to make the money on the irresponsible action.

    So I do what I can in protest: I won’t trade with any business that acts so dastardly.

  4. Valerie / December 9, 2010

    Thank you for being on the right side of history. People should not be restricted from donating to support a worthy, globe-changing call for justice and transparency.

  5. Max Kennerly / December 9, 2010

    The government has more than enough means to punish criminal acts. It’s appalling to see the private sector — most of which is more than happy to do business with a variety of suspected criminals and other bad actors — intentionally cut off a customer in the face of political pressure.

  6. PK / December 9, 2010

    cheap publicity stunt by a crap vendor – XIPWIRE will be out of business soon too!

  7. Technically Philly » Links: Wharton professor has two exits in a single month, ‘Cyber-Terrorist’ of Wikileaks and More | Covering the Community of People Who Use Technology in Philadelphia. / December 10, 2010

    [...] — Temple journalism Professor Chris Harper says so, following news that Center City startup XIPWIRE may be the lone U.S. payment merchant offering donations to the controversial nonprofit. [Full Disclosure: This author has a relationship with [...]

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