Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has threatened US banks following the termination of payments by several major financial institutions.
Bank of America in particular have detached themselves from the website because “Wikileaks may be engaged in activities that are….inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments”.
The North-Carolina based firm said it would “not process transactions of any type that we have reason to believe are intended for Wikileaks”.
In response to the criticism, Wikileaks responded through Twitter, urging “all people who love freedom to close out their accounts at Bank of America”.
The website has recently stated it will soon reveal documents that will demonstrate “unethical practices” at some US banks, calling for businesses to “place your funds somewhere safer”.
Producing a high media profile, these allegations have coincided with Assange’s recent release from a London jail following two accusations of sexual assault in Sweden.
Companies including MasterCard and Paypal had earlier cut off Wikileaks’ payments as a result of the publication of over 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables by the website and other major media organisations, causing silent conflict between Washington and some of its allies.
Assange denies the claims against him and expressed concern that Washington was conducting an “aggressive” and “illegal” investigation into him and the website. He feels the threat of extradition to the US “seems to be increasingly serious and increasingly likely”.
It is expected that Bank of America may shortly be named as one of the institutions subjected to further Wikileaks revelations.