Sunshine Press Productions, management company of WikiLeaks and DataCell that has been collecting contributions to WikiLeaks, has sued Valitor after they closed down the payment gateway.
The supreme court confirmed the ruling from the district court that it was illegal to close for these payments. The payment gateway was reopened, but the management company says that it has suffered a loss and demands compensation. They demand around 50 million EUR because of lost contributions to WikiLeaks, and around 2.5 million EUR because of lost fees to DataCell, and additionally 2.5 million EUR to DataCell because of lost revenue, and finally they demand around 2.2 million EUR in interests.
Sveinn Andri Sveinsson, their lawyer, says that these numbers are based on estimates from the company Veritas, and that the minimum demanded compensation is 15.5 million EUR. There is quite a large gap between 15 and 56 million and Sveinn says that it is because of a large uncertainty and that the next step is to get a person, assigned by the court, to find a specific number based on the damage caused.
Sigurður G. Guðjónsson, Valitor´s lawyer, says that WikiLeaks have not suffered any loss because it was possible to send contributions by other means and therefore it is difficult to estimate the loss. He also says that the ruling from the supreme court does not mean that Valitor is automatically liable and says that the claim for compensation is not unjustified.