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Paypal freezes Cryptome

And sits on its cash

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eBay Inc has suspended Cryptome's PayPal account, confiscating donations made to the site in the past two weeks. New York architect John Young has refunded around $5,300 to donors.

Young has operated Cryptome since 1996, creating a large repository of obscure or previously unpublished files focussing on intelligence and internet policy. Much of it is available on DVD, sold through a PayPal account.

Cryptome has recently published secret company guidelines for law enforcement liaison policy from a number of well known internet companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Skype, AOL, domain name monopoly Network Solutions, and PayPal itself, which is owned by eBay. On February 25 the site was taken offline in response to a DMCA request by Microsoft.

PayPal hadn't offered an with an explanation at press time, but we'll update this as soon as they do. ®

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