Of course Milo Yannopoulos’ first question on stage to PayPal’s Osama Bedier, Vice President of Platform, Mobile and New Ventures Osama Bedier was why PayPal blocked WikiLeaks payments. “State Dept told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward.” The question was met with boos from the mostly European audience.
Bedier basically admitted that PayPal has complied with governmental request, “We first comply with regulations around the world making sure that we protect our brand.” Bedier also said that the State Department deemed WikiLeaks illegal on November 27th, a statement that was not followed up on by Yiannopoulos. It is still unclear what exact US laws WikiLeaks is breaking.