April 21, 2018 - Twitter
WikiLeaks is calling for a global blockade of one of the world's largest exchanges for cryptocurrency trading, Coinbase. This move by the company essentially banned the WikiLeaks shop from using its platform "without explanation".
The whistleblowing organization claims the cryptocurrency payments processor is responding to a "concealed influence" and is urging members of Coinbase to boycott its services.
WikiLeaks Shop noted on twitter that the action was taken without explanation or reasoning. A statement posted by WikiLeaks Shop states that "Upon careful review we believe your account has engaged in violation with out Terms of Service and we regret to inform you that we can no longer provide you with access to our service."
WikiLeaks Shop sells merchandise such as t-shirts, hoodies, posters, and accessories to help fund its operations (which is used by millions of people). The website accepts several forms of payments including cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.
Coinbase itself is no stranger to controversy and is currently facing a lawsuit for alleged insider trading.