| ||n December 2010 three of the world's biggest payment providers, Visa, Mastercard and Paypal, cut off funding to WikiLeaks. Ten months later, Julian Assange has announced the whistleblowing site will suspend operations until the blockade is lifted -- and warned WikiLeaks does not have the money to continue into 2012 at current levels of funding. Those who value free expression, whether they like WikiLeaks or loathe it, should hope it wins its current battle.
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