Yesterday I closed my PayPal account because of their censoring attitude towards WikiLeaks.
They pretend to be a bank – but a bank may not freeze accounts just because of the opinion of some US senators. They are bound to laws and have to wait for court decisions, especially within Europe. They do not only reside in the US, but also at
PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. & Cie, S.C.A.
22-24 Boulevard Royal
And I am not aware of any law WikiLeaks has broken within Europe!
This does not mean I am supporting all that WikiLeaks has done. But what I cannot accept is censorship, be it from PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Amazon, PostFinance, … These institutions do not show a democratic attitude. They do not wait for court decisions.
The only person who has obviously broken the law was the American soldier who stole secret documents and sent them to third parties. But well, what do you expect if you tell thousands of national secrets to about 3 million people – that it will stay secret? Nobody of the 3 million people will tell a friend? And a friend? And another friend? Or tell the newspapers? Not one of the 3 million? ROFL!
By the way, I also asked Amazon to close my account (online), they said they needed a written paper, either via mail or fax. Faxed that on December 7, 2010. No reaction so far. Maybe they want to sit it out. So I will just do, what Richard Gutjahr is doing – not use it anymore.