The Bank of America has joined the growing list of financial institutions blocking their services to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
The bank has blocked all payments to the site saying: “This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”
The Financial Times speculates that the action has been taken over fears that WikiLeaks will attack the financial industry by leaking private cables.
The site’s founder Julian Assange, announced on Friday: “It is our normal business to publish information about banks. We have been attacked primarily not by government … but in fact by banks: banks from Dubai, banks from Switzerland, banks from the United States, banks from the UK. So yes of course we are continuing to release material about banks.”.
WikiLeaks has responded to the Bank of America’s action by calling on its supporters to boycott the organisation.
The website has already been cut off by credit providers Mastercard and Visa and also by online payment company PayPal, due to Assange being wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes in Sweden.
Assange is currently facing extradition procedures in the UK.