We’re all familiar with the MasterCard commercials that say, “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” Editor in chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, stars in a parody of these well-known commercials, which has gone viral over the last few days, in order to single out MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union for blocking donations to WikiLeaks.
The description on the YouTube video reads, “A spoof on the fact that major credit card and online payment companies have withheld over $15 Million in donations to WikiLeaks.” WikiLeaks is suing Visa and MasterCard for engaging in what they call “an unlawful, U.S. influenced, financial blockade.”
The WikiLeaks parody, ‘What Does it Cost to Change the World?’ hit the WikLeaks Vimeo account two weeks ago. It has drawn 265K views on Vimeo and 433K on YouTube, where it was uploaded last week. The spoof points out the $5,000 that WikiLeaks spends on secure phones, $1 million spent on legal cases, $200,000 spent on servers in over 40 countries, and the $15 million in donations lost due to banking blockades. “Watching the world change as a result of your work” is, of course, “Priceless.” Julian Assange himself surprises viewers by starring in the viral hit, which is sure to wake up viewers to the financial situation.
The video directs viewers to a site where they can find out more about the financial blockade and learn how to donate. Check out the video below and let us know what you think about the campaign, Julian Assange’s role, and the financial blockade in general.
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