"Seven months after Visa and MasterCard blocked credit card payments to WikiLeaks, donating to the whistleblower website using plastic became possible again overnight, its data hosting service provider said.
"Today (Thursday local time) we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact opened the gateway for payments (to WikiLeaks) with Visa and MasterCard," DataCell, the Icelandic firm that handles WikiLeaks' donation collection, said.
It said payments by American Express, which it did not have access to even before the conflict with the credit card companies began in December, were also now possible.
In December, as WikiLeaks began publishing some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables, sparking an international controversy, Visa and MasterCard imposed a ban on all payments made to the whistleblowing website. WikiLeaks says that cost them 130,000 euros ($175,000) a day.
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