Online payment service provider PayPal has cut off its account, which was used to collect donations from WikiLeaks saying that the website is engaged in illegal activity.
The announcement also came as WikiLeaks is struggling to keep its website accessible after service providers such as Amazon dropped contracts, and governments and hackers continued to hound the organization.
The weekend move by PayPal came as WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of United States diplomatic cables brought commercial organizations on the Internet that have business ties with the organization under more scrutiny.
WikiLeaks also is under legal pressure in several countries, including the U.S, and a former colleague of founder Julian Assange has said he will launch a competing platform.
Donating money to WikiLeaks via PayPal was not possible anymore on Saturday, generating an error message saying:
“This recipient is currently unable to receive money”.
PayPal said in a posting that cutting off WikiLeaks’ account was prompted by a violation of the service provider’s 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”.