Stacy Summary: WTF??? Paypal ‘investigating’ NY Times and whether to punish them for publishing Wikileaks? Visa & Mastercard to make it impossible to pay online for NY Times?
- Potential financial blockade against the New York Times by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express
- Paypal statement on NY Times investigation
The backroom pressures by the Obama Administration’s State Department to expand its financial blockade targeting WikiLeaks to include news organizations that host information from their trove of pilfered documents goes too far.UPDATE: Bill Keller just tweeted that the above (and Below) opinion piece is FAKE? If that is true, then presumably the paypal one is as well? Your thoughts on what is going on? Yes Men? Presumably it would have taken quite a bit of technical know-how to create a fake NY Times, which I believe the Yes Men have created in an analogue form in the past?
UPDATE 2: The strange thing is that, according to Greenwald, it was Bill Keller himself who retweeted a link to the hoax NY Times page. And only later did he issue a statement saying that it was not him. At the moment, you can still see this retweet of the hoax on his tweet stream.
UPDATE 3: I’m pretty sure it’s Yes Men succeeding once again in forcing a major corporation to deny responsibility for doing the responsible thing. But mark my word, this will one day be a true headline.
UPDATE 4: NY Times lead tech writer was also taken in by fake op-ed and tweeted that all should read this ‘important’ piece. Note, he’s now deleted it, but picture is below of his tweet encouraging all to read the Op-Ed.