Iceland May Ban Visa, Mastercard

Robert Marshall

The Icelandic government may take away the operating licenses of credit card giants Visa and Mastercard for their refusal to processes payments to whistleblowing website Wikileaks.

The Icelandic Parliamentary General Committee, allsherjanefnd, called representatives from Valitor and Borgun on Sunday to find out why they banned IT company DataCell ehf from processing credit card payments, reports The Reykjavik Grapevine. DataCell, which was facilitating payments to Wikileaks, has filed lawsuits against the two companies representing Visa and Mastercard in Iceland for the blockage.

“People wanted to know on what legal grounds the ban was taken, but no one could answer it,” Robert Marshall, the chairman of the Committee, said. “They said this decision was taken by foreign sources.”

Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson

The Committee wanted to know what legal grounds were given for banning DataCell. Vidar Thorkelsson, CEO of Valitor, stressed to the group that the decision was not his and made by others higher up in the company.

A representative from Amnesty International attending the meeting raised concerns that a precedent would be set that could violate human rights. Also in attendance were The Consumer’s Alliance and, via conference call, Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.

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  • when will the usa looked after their own internal issues ? there is so much info from many previous leaks way before this wiki news. VIDEO: on you tube.. ‘Spy services feed info to whistleblowers to keep tabs on site visitors’ or try ‘No secrecrey on Internet = Net is Biggest Spy Machine ~! usa vids~! and obama wants all usa to get new id for internet use.. . probably a few people will have to go out of their own country to chat from a different ip address. ICELAND IS LOOKING VERY FAVORABLE ,even Iceland may solve the over use of CREDIT CARDS . of note opengov@osc.gov or http://www.epa.gov/civilrights/nofearact.htm NoFEAR Act Notice and Data Report worth a peek. and ps the u.s {usa} to HOST WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY in 2011 ~~! http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/12/152465.htm press statement by philip j. crowley assistant sec/ bureau of public affairs wash ,dc dec 7 2010 relaease.. mean while the wiki info could be a very good distraction while nickas sarkozy visit obama in usa ,noting article Jan,10,2011 monday at http://www.time.com title/ WHY obama and sarkozy becoming Friends With Benefits [by Bruce Crumley/Paris].. thank you Robert Marshall for the new above, it’s a very fine read..

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