Professor Dennis Töllborg. Photo: Anders Wejrot/SCANPIX

Credit card companies to face Wikileaks fines?

A Swedish professor has reported the credit card companies Mastercard and Visa to the Swedish authorities due to their decision to stop transactions with Wikileaks, according to the newspaper Göteborgs Posten.

Law Professor Dennis Töllberg has registered his complaint to the Swedish Competition Authority and the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.

He says there is no legal basis for the companies to freeze payments to Wikileaks, and also wants them to pay a fine.

Visa and Mastercard stopped accepting donations to Wikileaks several months back, some allege pressure from the US government may have been behind the decision.

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