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The US government is bringing its full weight down on WikiLeaks. Banks and credit card companies have been pushed to choke the whistle-blowing site out of funds.

It is operating illegally in the US, says the state department, demanding that all of the controversial website's accounts be shut down.

Is the growing isolation of WikiLeaks the start of the end for the online secrets site? Is the cyber-backlash by WikiLeaks fans enough? What right do companies like Mastercard and Paypal have to refuse to do business with it?

Joining the programme are Mark Farha, a visiting professor at the school of foreign service at Georgetown University, Jonathan Hemus, the founder and director of Insignia, a PR firm specialising in crisis communications, and Andreas Fink, the chief executive officer of Datacell.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, December 12, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera