UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – WikiLeaks has called for a global boycott of Coinbase after closing its account on the cryptocurrency trading platform for violating US financial rules, though it is unclear what rules it was.
Sputnik spoke with Greg Barns, from the legal team of Julian Assange.
The Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange suspended the WikiLeaks account without providing any explanations to justify this measure, advancing only a violation of US financial rules by the structure headed by Julian Assange, Greg Barns reminded Sputnik.
“Coinbase approach is a source of great concern. There is no doubt that the world’s most popular cryptocurrency trading platform has succumbed to pressure, particularly from the United States. This shows once again that the United States is determined to suppress the freedom of expression embodied by WikiLeaks,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
And to note that companies such as Coinbase were listed on the markets.
“They need more and more customers who do not appreciate companies that bend under political pressure, especially under that of the United States,” continued the man of law.
According to the latter, WikiLeaks is right to call to boycott Coinbase, “an unfit member of the crypto community”, who has blocked payments in the WikiLeaks Shop.
“Assange […] can tell a lot about the United States. […] It is a country that celebrates freedom of expression and does so in its constitution, but in reality freedom of expression is strictly limited and the situation continues to deteriorate,” said Mr. Barns.
And to conclude that it was basically only one of the forms of hypocrisy that were very numerous in the United States.
Coinbase has refused to offer its services to WikiLeaks, a decision that has significant consequences at the international level and that the NGO considers particularly unfair.
The WikiLeaks Shop is a site where you can buy t-shirts, posters, phone cases and all kinds of products bearing the image of the organization. Users have the option to pay in dollars with their credit card and also in different cryptocurrencies.