PayPal cuts service to Courage to Resist, Bradley Manning support
Feb 24, 2011, 20:04 (10 Talkback[s])
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"The online payment provider PayPal has frozen the account of
Courage to Resist, which in collaboration with the Bradley Manning
Support Network is currently raising funds in support of U.S. Army
Pfc. Bradley Manning. PayPal was one way people--especially
international residents--were able to contribute to the grassroots
effort supporting the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower. "We've been
in discussions with PayPal for weeks, and by their own admission
there's no legal obligation for them to close down our account,"
noted Loraine Reitman of the Bradley Manning Support Network
(Support Network). "This was an internal policy decision by
""We exchanged numerous emails and phone calls with the legal
department and the office of executive escalations of PayPal,"
explained Jeff Paterson. "They said they would not unrestrict our
account unless we authorized PayPal to withdraw funds from our
organization's checking account by default. Our accounting does not
allow for this type of direct access by a third party, nor do I
trust PayPal as a business entity with this responsibility given
their punitive actions against WikiLeaks—an entity not
charged with any crime by any government on Earth."