An Icelandic court has ruled that a payment processing firm must re-open its services to WikiLeaks.
The court ruled that Valitor broke its contract with Wikileaks when it abruptly blocked its service from processing donations to WikiLeaks site in 2010.
Under the ruling, Valitor has 14 days to reopen its services to WikiLeaks and pay the company ISK800,000 (roughly £4,000). Bloomberg reports that Valitor will appeal the case.
"This is a significant victory against Washington's attempt to silence WikiLeaks. We will not be silenced. Economic censorship is censorship. It is wrong. When it's done outside of the rule of law it's doubly wrong," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
"One by one those involved in the attempted censorship of WikiLeaks will find themselves on the wrong side of history."
The blockade was originally put into place when Wikileaks released private documents from within the US government in 2010. Valitor, formerly Visa Iceland, said at the time that it was unsure about the legality of Wikileaks actions.
The banking firm commissioned an independent study last year which found that WikiLeaks did nothing wrong when they published the private documents. However, Valitor said it would not lift the blockade as it was still performing a private in house investigation into WikiLeaks.
Valitor has told Bloomberg that it will fight the ruling, but refused to comment any further on the case.
The ruling comes at a difficult time for WikiLeaks. The group's founder, Julian Assange, is currently held up in an Ecuadorian Embassy in London hoping to receive political asylum from the South American country. Assange is wanted for questioning in a Swedish sexual assault case involving two WikiLeaks volunteers.
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