Coinbase Suspends WikiLeaks From Its Payment Servicebr>
WikiLeaks has claimed via Twitter that Coinbase has suspended it from using the exchange’s new payments service.
Coinbase Commerce offers merchants the ability to accept several cryptocurrencies for goods and services. WikiLeaks uses it to accept bitcoin for its promotional T-shirts and posters.
Over the weekend, WikiLeaks posted a tweet from Coinbase claiming WikiLeaks was “in violation” of its terms of service. There was no specific reason given for that action.
The large WikiLeaks community is being called on to initiate a “global blockade of Coinbase” because it is “an unfit member of the crypto community.”
Ironically, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been a strong advocate for bitcoin and cryptocurrency. The confidential reporting service has had trouble with traditional merchant services processors, given its controversial nature, having been blocked by Mastercard in 2010 and restricted by PayPal.
A request for comment from Coinbase was not immediately answered.
The Twitter post:
ANNOUNCE: Coinbase has blocked the official @WikiLeaks shop from its platform without notice or explanation. You can continue to donate #Bitcoin to WikiLeaks at https://t.co/lvhoyhlqUa. #Coinbase #DefendWL #Cryptocurrency #Ethereum #BitcoinCash #ReconnectJulian pic.twitter.com/4BSS023OOk
— WikiLeaks Shop (@WikiLeaksShop) April 21, 2018