Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 07/27/2011

WikiLeaks angry that PayPal supports anti-Muslim organization


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a news conference in London in 2010. (Lennart Preiss - AP)
Updated 8:09 p.m.

The man behind the attacks on Norway last Friday has boasted of being a part of several anti-Muslim organizations, including the Knights Templar and the English Defense League.

The EDL, a far-right protest movement that opposes the spread of Islamic extremism, has denied any links to Anders Behring Breivik and condemned his actions, but the group has gotten the world’s attention anyway.

That includes the attention of whistleblower group WikiLeaks, which tweeted Wednesday about the “hypocrisy” of privileges the EDL had that WikiLeaks didn’t:

Definition of hypocrisy: PayPal supports Oslo terrorist association EDL but bans WikiLeaks http://t.co/9AKZn88 #opPAYPALless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

In December 2010, the online money service PayPal cut off WikiLeaks’ account, depriving the site of its principal means to receive contributions. A total of $80,000 in donations to WikiLeaks was frozen.

Donations to the English Defense League are, on the other hand, able to be made easily through PayPal.

WikiLeaks thinks that’s the “definition of hypocritical.”

Paypal responded to the criticism by WikiLeaks, saying, “We monitor the millions of PayPal accounts in order to ensure that they do not breach our acceptable use policy. It does not appear that the EDL has contravened that policy.”

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