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Valitor Ordered to Reopen Payment Channels to WikiLeaks

The company DataCell won its case against credit card company Valitor yesterday.

districtcourtThe Reykjavík District Court.

DataCell, which serves as a mediator for WikiLeaks in Iceland, sued Valitor over the transaction ban Visa and Mastercard placed on payments to the website in December 2010 after WikiLeaks leaked extensive information from US embassies around the world.

The Reykjavík District Court ordered Valitor to open payments to WikiLeaks within 14 days or be subject to a fine of ISK 800,000 (USD 6,200, EUR 5,000) per day, ruv.is reports.

“This is a good day for freedom of speech,” stated Sveinn Andri Sveinsson, a lawyer for DataCell, adding that it was important that WikiLeaks could now continue to start receiving donations again.

WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said that similar lawsuits are being prepared in New York, London, and Sydney.

Valitor plans to appeal the judgment, according to ruv.is

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