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WikiLeaks vs. Credit Card Companies in Iceland 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. The case opened in Reykjavík District Court on Thursday.


Reykjavík District Court.

“The next step is that credit card companies will bar people from buying milk and diapers,” commented Ólafur Sigurvinsson, former operating manager of Datacell, as stated on

“It has significant meaning for us but also for credit card holders,” he said of the case. “It is not just about us and WikiLeaks but about whether credit card companies should decide on what people can spend their money.”

Datacell’s case is one of many WikiLeaks has been preparing against credit card companies around the world and Ólafur is certain that they will win. “I expect that the verdict of Reykjavík District Court will set a good example.”

In December 2010 all of the world’s main credit card companies, Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America, Western Union and Paypal, decided to close off all payment channels to WikiLeaks after it leaked extensive information from US embassies around the world.

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