WikiLeaks urges Bank of America boycott; V.P. Biden likens Julian Assange to "high-tech terrorist"
Bank of America, one of the world's largest banks, said it would not process any payments going toward WikiLeaks because "Wikileaks may be engaged in activities that are... inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments," a statement from the bank said, according to the BBC.
WikiLeaks has been under fire since releasing secret diplomatic cables and confidential military records related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The website's founder, Julian Assange, was freed on bail last week, facing extradition from London to Sweden for sexual assault charges.
It is speculated that Bank of America will be WikiLeaks' next target, as Assange has said he has documents that could be embarrassing for a large American bank, the New York Times explained.
The bank information is supposed to be released in January.
Assange has become a polemic figure, with some hailing him has a crusader for freedom of information and expression, and others denouncing him as a criminal.
Vice President Joe Biden said during the "Meet the Press" television show on Sunday that Assange is more of a "high-tech terrorist" than a whistle-blower or a journalist, reported the Washington Post. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating ways to stop WikiLeaks from releasing more secret information, and looking into prosecuting Assange, the Telegraph added.
Salon ran an article Monday in which writer Scott Gant explains exactly why Assange is a journalist, "at least as far as the First Amendment is concerned."
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