I still support their mission, but they seem pretty disorganized, an impression this story reinforces.
The US should force its banks to implement better EFT with consumer-initiated direct-deposit and direct-debit, marginalizing the whole Credit Card / PayPal ecosystem.
Believe me, I've "been there, done that." We've tried numerous PayPal alternatives at our non-profit, including MoneyBookers, Google Checkout, etc. The one that brings in the donations is PayPal simply because it makes it the easiest to part with your money. It doesn't feel like your giving real money away, just points!
Can you elaborate the math you're using here?
Normally for 'profesional' staff costs are 150-250% the salary
It looks exactly like you've cashing out stolen consumer accounts. They have every incentive to freeze the account indefinitely, and they never let anyone get away with it for more than a couple thousand dollars.
If you don't want to be cut off so easily, you'll need to use a payment medium that's more difficult to acquire access to and involves fewer middlemen. There are only a handful of levels:
eCash Account (PayPal, Google Checkout, Amazon Payments)
Payment Gateway + Merchant Account (Authorize.net + Bank)
Be a big fish that can negotiate + interface directly with Visa, etc.
Be Visa / Mastercard (since their IPOs), PayPal, AmEx, etc.
Be a bank
Not saying that the PayPal behavior is acceptable, just wondering why WikiLeaks doesn’t appear to have any PayPal contact.
Keeping It Real Shady.
They did this years ago after the Asian tsunami - they suspended the Red Cross's account because of a suspicous number of new donations!
Wikileaks is set up to expose stuff that makes other organizations uncomfortable. Make Wikileaks disappear and those organizations feel comfortable again.
It's not hard to file a bunch of complaints with PayPal and have someone's account suspended.
They have been exposing PayPal for the theieves that they really are for over two years now. I say SCREW PAYPAL. Regulate them as the bank that they really are and be done with them. More oversight!
I use Paypal for selling my software product and had my account manager setup "auto sweep" where the funds are automatically withdrawn each night.