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WikiLeaks Goes After Credit Card Companies

July 15, 2011

WikiLeaks filed a formal complaint to the European Commission on Thursday that said payment companies like Visa Europe and MasterCard Inc. violated EU antitrust laws by blocking donations.

Visa Europe and MasterCard blocked WikiLeaks from using their networks to collect funds from donors in December 2010.

The complaint says Visa and MasterCard breached antitrust provisions set out by Articles 101 and 102 of the EU Treaty.

DataCell says the credit card giants engaged in anti-competitive behavior and based their dominant market position.

WikiLeaks urged the EU Commission to order both companies to lift their ban immediately.

Visa and MasterCard stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks after the U.S. criticized the organization’s release of 250,000 sensitive diplomatic documents.

Visa said it was investigating whether the nature of WikiLeaks’ business contravened its operating rules. 

The complaint was filed to the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission.

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