PayPal har nå, etter et enormt press fra folk som støtter Bradley Mannings sak og kritikk i mediene, gjenåpnet kontoen til Courage to Resist, en organisasjon som har blitt partnere med Bradley Manning Support Network om å samle inn penger til forsvaret av den beskyldte WikiLeaks varsleren Bradley Manning.
Endringen kom kun timer etter at Courage to Resist publiserte en pressmelding om saken. Over 15.000 mennesker har signert underskriftskampanjen hos Firedoglake idag som oppfordret PayPal om å gjenåpne kontoen, mens mange flere har bedt PayPal direkte om å gjøre det. Innen timer svarte PayPal med å gjenåpne kontoen slik at Courage to Resist og Bradley Manning Support Network kan fortsette sitt arbeid.
Jeff Paterson, prosjektdirektør i Courage to Resist og medlem av Bradley Manning Support Networks styrekomite, ga følgende erklæring:
We have spent nearly a month trying to resolve this matter with senior PayPal staff. Only after a conference call in which their chief compliance officer bluntly stated that our account would be permanently restricted and our funds returned in 180 days did we issue this morning’s statement on the matter.
I little while ago I received an email from the PayPal machine, “Hello Courage to Resist, Our review is complete and we have restored your account.” Upon logging into the PayPal account, we’re now greeted with, “Your Account Access is Back in Regular Standing. Thank you for taking the steps to return your account to regular standing…”
Thank you to all of our supporters – many of whom contacted PayPal individually or signed the petition hosted by Firedoglake – who helped us restore our account. We are extremely grateful to everyone who raised their voice today. While PayPal was never a primary channel for our online donors, it is especially valuable to our international supporters who do not use US-based credit cards or checks. I hope you will now help us get back to our real work in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning.
- Stop the extreme, inhumane and illegal pre-trial punishment of Bradley Manning
- Ensure that Bradley Manning receives top-notch legal representation from the lawyer of his choice
- Stop any effort by the United States government to hold a secret court martial trial, unchecked by public and media oversight
- Free Bradley Manning!
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