[article] paypal admits state department pressure caused it to block wikileaks

Several days ago, PayPal, an online payment company, blocked the account WikiLeaks had been using to collect donations.

Speaking at the Le Web conference in Paris, PayPal's Osama Bedier, VP of platform, mobile and new ventures, shed light on PayPal's decision to freeze the WikiLeaks account and admitted that the U.S. State Department played a role in the company's blocking of the account.

"[The] State Dept told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward," Bedier said at Le Web. "We [...] comply with regulations around the world, making sure that we protect our brand."
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