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  •  Or donate to wikileaks like I did (5+ / 0-)

    here.  I'm sure that rang a bell or two.

    •  I tried to donate a couple of months ago, (1+ / 0-)
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      but the donation would not go through.  Don't know if it was the Credit Union or VISA, but three tries and I ended up in a 5th dimension of cyberspace.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:39:17 AM PDT

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      •  It worked for me with a mastercard. (2+ / 0-)
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        StrayCat, Nailbanger

        The US government had engineered some kind of credit card company "blockade" against wikileaks donations.  Mastercard broke ranks recently:

        Credit card donations to WikiLeaks restored as Mastercard breaks ranks
        By John Leyden, 5th July 2013

        Mastercard has broken ranks with other payment providers such as PayPal and Visa and begun allowing payments to WikiLeaks.

        Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, the Bank of America and Western Union all suspended payment processing for WikiLeaks days after the site began publishing leaked US diplomatic cables in November 2010. The decision aroused the ire of hacktivist collective Anonymous which launched denial of service attacks against the websites of Mastercard, Visa et al in retaliation.

        In April WikiLeaks and DataCell won a lawsuit against Valitor, the Icelandic partner for Visa and MasterCard, for breach of contract over blocking WikiLeaks' donations at the behest of credit card firms and other financial giants. The Icelandic Supreme Court ordered Valitor to recommence processing donations to WikiLeaks. Damages, if any, will be decided by a separate ongoing legal action.

        According to Wikileaks, Valitor complied and reopened its payment gateway while giving notice it intended to terminate its contract on 1 July. In the meantime it sought the opinions of MasterCard International and Visa. Mastercard said it no longer wished to continue with the block against WikiLeaks, while Visa is yet to respond.

        When I did it, it asked me how many EUROS I wanted to contribute, and that knocked me for a loop.  I quickly figured out that the 10 euro contribution worked out to $13 American.  Cheap.  So I put in all the info as if I was making an Amazon purchase and it went through just about that easily.

        "Thirteen bucks?  You're so cheap Dumbo!"  I'm so poor.  I'm just happy to give the NSA bozo who monitors wikileaks donations one more name to obsess over.

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