After being asked by Sen. Joe Lieberman to bump WikiLeaks from its servers, Amazon.com has complied. WikiLeaks did not violate Amazon's terms of service and received no notice that their site would be unceremoniously kicked to the curb. Amazon is free to make choices about what to do with its servers, but we do not have to support the company in its complicity with the censorship of WikiLeaks that government officials now seek.
In another attack, PayPal has chosen to permanently restrict the account of the German foundation that accepts donations for WikiLeaks, claiming that the latter was in violation of PayPal’s terms of service which disallows "activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity."
WikiLeaks has not yet been charged with any crime, but the organization is being squeezed from all sides for its efforts to reveal the truth about government activities and officials. In revealing the potentially illegal activities of the powerful, WikiLeaks finds the finger pointed back in the other direction. It's a clear case of an attempt to kill the messenger.
Again, PayPal is free to make choices about who they do business with... and so can we.
Boycott Amazon and PayPal. Support WikiLeaks.
Sign the petition to Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and PayPal's CEO Patrick Dupuis.
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
- PayPal CEO Patrick Dupuis
I'm writing to express my concern and frustration about the fact that both Amazon.com and PayPal have made the unfortunate decision to dump WikiLeaks.
Amazon bumped WikiLeaks' site from its server with no notice and PayPal froze its foundation's account. This behavior is very disconcerting, unprofessional, and amounts to killing the messenger and being complicit with government-sought censorship. These actions essentially put a choke-hold on an organization that has done much to reveal the truth and has, to date, not been charged with any crimes.
As the CEOs of your respective companies, I ask you to rethink your decisions and continue to allow WikiLeaks access to both the server and its account.
I will be boycotting Amazon and PayPal until the situation with WikiLeaks changes for the better.
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