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An Icelandic court gave WikiLeaks a legal boost by ruling that a company formerly run by Visa broke contract laws by blocking credit card donations to the whistle-blowing site. Visa responded by saying the ruling might not apply to its operations.

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Consumer borrowing shot up $15.5 billion in June -- three times more than projected -- in the biggest increase in credit in four years, with credit card and other types of revolving debt rising by $5.21 billion -- the largest jump since spring of 2008. (more)

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The biggest threat to WikiLeaks isn't the house arrest of Julian Assange or the militaries of frustrated world governments -- it's the financial blockade by PayPal, Bank of America, Visa and other institutions that has cut off $15 million in donations (by WikiLeaks' estimate).

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The digital war of position between WikLeaks and those who have something to hide got a bit more barbed as Bank of America, a likely target in the next WikiLeaks documents drama, announced it will refuse to process payments to the website.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given a bit of a break on Tuesday when a British judge ordered that he be released from jail for the small bail fee of $310,000. However, this small measure of freedom comes with a few strings -- and an electronic monitor -- attached.

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New rules curbing credit card company shenanigans took effect Sunday, as restrictions on “unreasonable late payment and other penalty fees” will now block the companies from charging excessive levies if users, to cite just one choice example, do not use their cards.

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If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that's because it is. Oh, and you can strike "pro-environment" off of Gephardt's list of political poses, too.

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