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Wikileaks: Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange

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posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:01 PM
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Wikileaks: Swiss bank freezes Julian Assange


www.bbc.co.uk

The Swiss post office's bank, PostFinance, has frozen the accounts of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The whistle-blowing website says the freeze includes a defence fund and personal assets worth 31,000 euros.

Wikileaks has published hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables, angering the US government and triggering moves by several companies including PayPal and Amazon to end their services.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:01 PM
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So now the USA can control Switzerlad too?

Notice this money is also his defence fund. whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?:


In a statement on its website, PostFinance said Mr Assange had "provided false information regarding his place of residence" during the account opening process. "(Mr) Assange entered Geneva as his domicile. Upon inspection, this information was found to be incorrect. "(Mr) Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance. For this reason, PostFinance is entitled to close his account."


tenuous as hell.

www.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:14 PM
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Originally posted by spacedonk
So now the USA can control Switzerlad too?

Of course they can, do you remember what happend to Roman Polansky first? l read an article early November in which Assange stated he was thnking about asking for political asylum in Switerland. l was like.... uhhhmmmm, no,don't, just don't. Bunch of cowards in my countrys government.
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posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:15 PM
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Originally posted by spacedonk
So now the USA can control Switzerlad too?


What on earth does a Swiss bank closing his account have to do with the US?


You do realize that quite a few companies have severed all ties with wikileaks and Assange due to his activities because they don't want to be connected with it, yes? Those companies aren't going to risk their bottom line by being seen as supporting his actions. Also, from what I can find by looking up the bank they're owned by the Swiss Confederation otherwise known as Switzerland. You should keep in mind that Switzerland has a warrant out for his arrest and thus have their own reasons for freezing his funds and closing his accounts that have absolutely nothing to do with the US.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:23 PM
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All these allegations, and yet no evidence to support, nor substantiate their claims! So much for a judicial system that suggest innocent till proven guilty!

And that's how it will end, with thunderous applause!



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:24 PM
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The sheeple have once again sided with the State Run Media. And that is to say that exposing the truth is treason.

I am leaning toward the idea, that this is a CIA run operation, with the goal of censoring the internet.

Not everyone is in on it. So some factions of government are doing what they think is best, but this is a terrible attack at our first amendment rights, because once they've got everyone convinced, that it is no good to tell the truth about the government, then we are all doomed.

I think Ron Paul said it best, "Truth is Treason in an Empire of Lies".

They are using the WikiLeaks "episode", to tell us that we can't just go around telling the truth, and that Assange is a traitor, even though he is not a U.S. citizen. Then we also have people calling for Julian's execution or assassination.

All of things, do not bode well for freeom.

So, even if it is a CIA plot, we should look through the smoke and mirrors, and defend what is right.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:24 PM
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It's Sweden not Switzerland.
But yeah whatever, they all look alike.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by Jenna

Originally posted by spacedonk
So now the USA can control Switzerlad too?


What on earth does a Swiss bank closing his account have to do with the US?


You do realize that quite a few companies have severed all ties with wikileaks and Assange due to his activities because they don't want to be connected with it, yes? Those companies aren't going to risk their bottom line by being seen as supporting his actions. Also, from what I can find by looking up the bank they're owned by the Swiss Confederation otherwise known as Switzerland. You should keep in mind that Switzerland has a warrant out for his arrest and thus have their own reasons for freezing his funds and closing his accounts that have absolutely nothing to do with the US.


The companies severing links are from the US: Amazon, paypal, the domain registrars(forgot their name). Switzerland have not issued a warrant for his arrest. Interpol have, on charges that were dismissed in the first instance and then resurrected after the cables were starting to be released at a time of maximum embarrassment for the USA. I say the US is creating international pressure to have JA stopped with Sweden and Switzerland acting so far.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:26 PM
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Originally posted by Jenna
What on earth does a Swiss bank closing his account have to do with the US?


i think I read where they closed
his account down cuz he lied about
his street address on the bank forms
opening the account. A fake address
seems to do that.

US Stormtroopers can't raid his house
if they don't know which one he lives in.

Let this be a sign to Julian, they are close



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:30 PM
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I'd also like to mention that 31,000 euro is
not a whole lot of money for a defence fund.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:38 PM
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MasterCard seems to have choose the same move :

CNET - "MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments"

MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned.
"MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products," a spokesman for MasterCard Worldwide said today.
That further limits the revenue sources for WikiLeaks, which has seen its finances systematically attacked in the last few days, as the Swiss authorities shut down a bank account used by editor Julian Assange, and PayPal permanently restricted the account used by the group. WikiLeaks has responded with an increasing number of fund-raising requests that urge supporters to "KEEP US STRONG."



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:42 PM
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Originally posted by boondock-saint
I'd also like to mention that 31,000 euro is
not a whole lot of money for a defence fund.


It's a barrel load if you haven't got a pot to piss in!!

He probably thought Switzerland were still impartial. OOppss



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 05:44 PM
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Originally posted by digit78
MasterCard seems to have choose the same move :

CNET - "MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments"

MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned.
"MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products," a spokesman for MasterCard Worldwide said today.
That further limits the revenue sources for WikiLeaks, which has seen its finances systematically attacked in the last few days, as the Swiss authorities shut down a bank account used by editor Julian Assange, and PayPal permanently restricted the account used by the group. WikiLeaks has responded with an increasing number of fund-raising requests that urge supporters to "KEEP US STRONG."


This is getting outrageous! No law broken - there have been no laws broken by Wikileaks. Whether we agree with their actions or not, they have not committed any crimes. Mastercard, are they a US company by any chance?



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 06:05 PM
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"This is getting outrageous! No law broken - there have been no laws broken by Wikileaks. Whether we agree with their actions or not, they have not committed any crimes. ((snip)) "

No kidding..

Hey, does anyone remember this old saying: "innocent until proven guilty"?.. it seems the US politicians harbor much contempt for free speech, democracy, rule of law and due process.. fascists are circling the wagons.

Accepting politicians, not courts, punishing people is a bad, bad precedent.. the Nazis did it and last I checked it didn't work out so good for the German people.



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 06:56 PM
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Anyway, tomorrow will be another big day, as UK Police has finally received the sweden extradition demand.
According to his lawyer, Assange is going to "meet the police" this tuesday.

AlJazeera - Assange 'to meet' UK police

Mark Stephens, Assanges' lawyer, told reporters on Monday in London that the Metropolitan police had called him to say they had received an arrest warrant from Sweden for Assange, who has been staying at an undisclosed location in Britain.

"We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with police by consent," Stephens said, declining to say when Assange's interview with police would take place.

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edit on 6/12/10 by digit78 because: mispeeling



posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 07:12 PM
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I find this report fascinating because JA's lawyer has always said that the UK police know how to get hold of JA and have always said that JA will co-operate and meet whenever they request - appears he is true to his word. To me it only increases his credibility.



posted on Dec, 7 2010 @ 06:46 AM
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Originally posted by pazcat
It's Sweden not Switzerland.


It was the 'Sw' at the beginning that got me confused because I was relying on memory. I realized my mistake about 30 minutes ago, but it's past the time allowed for editing a post. Much as it pains me to admit it, I am human and humans do silly things sometimes like make a mistake.


Originally posted by spacedonk
I say the US is creating international pressure to have JA stopped with Sweden and Switzerland acting so far.


Yes, because everything is the US' fault. Sorry I forgot.


Other countries do things because they want to and not because the US tells them to you know. We don't actually control the entire world like some people like to claim we do.



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