WikiLeaks has asked customers to boycott Bank of America after the bank said it would stop processing payments intended for the whistle-blower organization.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday evening Bank of America had joined other financial institutions in declining to process payments intended for WikiLeaks. Shortly after, WikiLeaks tweeted a link to the story and encouraged supporters to make donations.
In a later tweet, WikiLeaks asked, “all people who love freedom close out their accounts at Bank of America.“ A later tweet said, “Does your business do business with Bank of America? Our advise is to place your funds somewhere safer.“
The bank’s decision to cease processing payments follows Julian Assange’s remarks about a planned “megaleak“ early next year involving a major bank. Although Assange never specified which bank, in an 2000 interview with Computerworld he said WikiLeaks held five gigabytes worth of information from the hard drive of a Bank of America executive.
In a statement on Friday, Bank of America justified its decision to cut ties with the whistle-blower, saying it was based on its “reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.“