It merely took the refusal of the entire US banking system to process their payments, but the New York Times finally understands that the vilification of Wikileaks might be a bad thing:
But a bank’s ability to block payments to a legal entity raises a troubling prospect. A handful of big banks could potentially bar any organization they disliked from the payments system, essentially cutting them off from the world economy.
But the clue is only partial:
A telecommunications company, for example, may not refuse phone or broadband service to an organization it dislikes, arguing that it amounts to risky business.
If you are really unpopular, like Wikileaks, you’ll be the target of distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS), and then you will get kicked off your ISP’s network. That’s just as a big an issue as banks refusing to process payments.