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Bank of America Corp. has joined several other financial institutions in refusing to handle payments for WikiLeaks.
With its announcement, the Charlotte-based bank joins a fray that has ratcheted financial pressure on the website that released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, but has also prompted cyber attacks on businesses that cut ties with the activist site. The move comes as WikiLeaks says it's preparing a release of information on banks, which could include documents it says
"We ask that all people who love freedom close out their accounts at Bank of America," WikiLeaks said in its posting Saturday. It also called on businesses to switch funds from the bank.
Other Internet companies and financial institutions_ including
and Amazon.com —
have also cut ties with WikiLeaks, hurting the site's ability to accept donations and support publishing efforts