Swedish-based micropayment system Flattr said on Thursday it was to continue to channel donations to the WikiLeaks organization.
Credit-card giants MasterCard and Visa recently halted payments to the whistleblowing site, resulting in attacks on Wednesday on their websites from hackers supporting WikiLeaks.
The leaker site has generated headlines — and criticism from politicians and others — over the recent release of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.
Flattr chairman Linus Olsson said donations would continue to be channelled to WikiLeaks “as long as a court does not state it is illegal.” “If our users want to give money to Wikileaks, we won’t say anything about it,” Mr. Olsson told the Sydsvenskan daily.
The micropayment system was launched by Mr. Olsson and Peter Sunde earlier this year, and aims at offering members a possibility to pay a small fee for internet content.
Mr. Sunde was also a founder of the controversial Pirate Bay website used to swap films and music.
A Swedish appeal court last month sentenced Sunde and two other defendants to jail terms and damages for their part in running the Pirate Bay site.