MasterCardMasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) may face a legal challenge to their decision to cut ties with WikiLeaks.

DataCell, a data-hosting company based in Iceland, says that the two companies' refusal to process donations to WikiLeaks are costing it revenue. DataCell had previously facilitated the donations.

"The suspension of payments towards WikiLeaks is a violation of the agreements with their customers," DataCell CEO Andreas Fink said in a statement. The company "has decided to take up immediate legal actions (sic) to make donations possible again."

WikiLeaks has found it increasingly difficult to operate in the last week as a tide of negative opinion prompted companies such as Amazon and PayPal to refuse to work with the whistle-blowing website.

Companies working with the whistle-blowing site have also found themselves the subject of cyber-attacks. On Dec. 3, WikiLeaks's then Web-server dropped the website after a series of attacks, forcing the site to jump to Swiss domain wikileaks.ch.

WikiLeaks could lose out on "7 digit figures" of donations a week without public donations, Fink told ZD Net.

DataCell will file suit in the UK against Visa Europe. The company will seek an immediate injunction "to limit further damage," Fink said.

Visa and MasterCard are vital to WikiLeaks because they facilitate small donations, Fink said. Currently, you can make a donation to the site via wire transfer. That usually requires a much larger donation.

"Wire transfers are good if you want to transfer €10,000, but if you want to pay €10, the costs of the transfer eat up the donation," Fink said. "Visa and MasterCard are vital for the small amount donations, and that's around 99.9% of the donations."

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jetventuresusa

I continue to be amazed at how the word illegal, illegally, against the law, etc. etc. makes it okay to do. Is it okay to obtain information illegally,to stay in the US illegally or commit crimes against others or a country that would cause them harm, pain and suffering. At who's expense do they blackmail, extorte, get a movie or book deal, feed their own ego in the media spotlight. So much negative energy wasted when we could be working on making a differen in peoples lives not destorying the world. We are all the same in body and flesh. We have feeling, we all bleed red, we laugh we cry, we have dreams and hopes and want the best for our family and friends. The media, power hungry people who want to rule the world, greed, mental conditioning of if we don't have what someone else has we must not be as good and the all about me attitude has given way to human compassion and I am above the law but it sure applies to everyone else. If a lot of these people looked in the mirror, looked at their values, characture, they might find the problem starts within.

December 09 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BUFFALO

Have you seen any new leaks? I have seen new releases of old data that had not been leaked but no new data dumps. I think there information stream is drying up quickly. If I was a whistle blower I think I would find someone else to deal with at this point wouldn't you?? The bell has tolled for wikileaks this is just the begining of the end.

December 09 2010 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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donpantanella

I think the newest release is a copy of Obamas Nigerian birth certificate. Just a rumor...but who knows.

December 09 2010 at 8:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
crovowen

intimidation and blackmail- wikileaks and the ACLU have these in common- assange is no hero, just another arrogant, self-righteous socialist who hides behind loopholes in the legal system. you have the right to voice an opinion on anything, you do NOT have the right to force that opinion on others.

December 09 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
fordtimes

WikiLeaks are endangering the lives of untold thousands of people and causing further distrust among nations. It is classified and it's like pulling out a gun and shooting... it's like disarming nations after the info is drilled down. Shut em down, lock them all up...or worse!

December 09 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Dotty

It looks like some people on this board doesn't care if our governmemt lies to us at all. You people who are against Assange remember "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" dON'T FORGET IT OR THAT WILL BE GONE FOR EVER.

December 09 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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TB

Why Assange is still even breathing is an example of the ineptitude of the Obama regime....

December 09 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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saksr1of3

If these diplomatic cables had nothing in them to be ashamed of the government would not have to feel as embarassed as it is feeling right now. The goverment is simply mad it got caught at it's underhanded goings on. This government is very corrupt!

December 09 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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dvdsn61

And by the same token, IF wikileaks were really so drawn to transparency, it would be totally transparent about all of their dealings.

December 09 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Big Em

would you throw yourself on the sword if you were taking on the us govt. What would that accomplish esp with so many wanna be patriots calling for state sanctioned assasinations and such- Maybe its smarter to live to fight another day as the saying goes

December 09 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
asamuel806

Why do you not understand the concept of truth. the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD. you see it dose not matter if the thuth is told by a man/woman America/Sweden Cause it what it will.

December 09 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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jtfee

If you've taken an oath in a court, then "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is what you should do (perjury if you don't). This has nothing to do with the subject at hand, however.

December 09 2010 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
donpantanella

You believe that the "concept of truth" is how you perceive it. If I tell you something do you automatically believe I am telling you the truth? The answer should be no. If the answer is no then why would you believe that everything that Wikileaks tells you is the truth?

December 09 2010 at 5:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pete

My MC agreement, along with all of my credit card and bank agreements state that they can "terminate our contract at any time and for any reason with no prior notice." Kind of gives them the same out I have as a user should I become dissatisfied with their service, political leanings, treatment of veterans, the poor, the rich, the church, atheists, or any other reason at any time. I'd call that pretty much true "fair and balanced" situation.

December 09 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
asamuel806

I don't know if rcbusic is a man but if i am wrong and wanted to know i beleave i would be told the truth by him/her and it would be told with pride and honesty a true American!!! But i dont want to know rcbusic knows.

December 09 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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donpantanella

Well, I read that rcbusic is citizen of a foreign country. So how can you call him/her a "true American". Lesson learned: Do not believe everything you read on the internet even if it comes from Wikileaks.

December 09 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply