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PayPal VP On Blocking WikiLeaks: “State Department Told Us It Was Illegal”

December 8th, 2010 12:35 admin Leave a comment Go to comments


Of course Milo Yannopoulos’ first question on stage to PayPal’s Osama Bedier, Vice President of Platform, Mobile and New Ventures was why PayPal blocked WikiLeaks payments and froze its account. Bedier’s answered “State Dept told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward.” The answer was met with boos from the mostly European audience.

Bedier basically admitted that PayPal has complied with governmental request, “We first comply with regulations around the world making sure that we protect our brand,”he said. Bedier also said that the State Department deemed WikiLeaks illegal on November 27th, a statement that was not followed up on by Yiannopoulos. It is still unclear what exact US laws WikiLeaks is breaking.

When asked about Mastercard.com going down earlier today and whether or not Paypal had fears of retaliation, “One of the signs that you’re a successful payments company is that hackers start to target you, this case isn’t anything different.”

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