This week the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, told his 600,000 Twitter followers that the website that exposes government corruption is suffering another “banking blockade.” According to Assange U.S. intelligence is making it difficult for Wikileaks donors, and the cypherpunk says people should donate cryptocurrencies to bypass this obstruction.
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Julian Assange is an Australian programmer and the founder of the website Wikileaks. The web portal is a publication that publishes classified media, news leaks, and secret information stemming from governments and corporations. Wikileaks has accepted bitcoin since 2011 when the website suffered from its first financial blockade. At the time Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, and Bank of America stopped enabling people to donate to Wikileaks using their services, so on June 14, 2011, the nonprofit started accepting bitcoin donations.
Assange has been talking about cryptocurrencies and bitcoin a lot lately. Just recently Assange thanked the U.S. government and the above-mentioned payment processors for pushing them to adopt bitcoin. Since 2011 the organization has received 4,025 bitcoins and has seen gains of over 50,000 percent. Last week Assange said bitcoin was more realistic than the last financial protest movement that stemmed from economic inequality taking place worldwide. The Wikileaks founder stated:
Bitcoin is the real Occupy Wall Street.
The Banking Blockade 2.0
This week Assange told the public that Wikileaks is currently dealing with a “Banking blockade 2.0” and the foundation is now accepting zcash, monero, and litecoin alongside its bitcoin donations.
“We have discovered an amazing plot by U.S. intelligence against the foundation which provides WikiLeaks donors with tax deductibility in the EU (Wau Holland Stiftung) — It comes after our series on the CIA, Vault 7 in the press next week,” explains Assange. “Strangely, at the same time in the US, the “Freedom of the Press” foundation (FPF) has told us it will shut down our US tax deductible gateway in January.”
Like our response to the first banking blockade — WikiLeaks will open up additional crypto-currencies — Those wanting to contribute to WikiLeaks can already use bitcoin, litecoin and the ultra-private monero, and zcash.
Just like in 2011 the Wikileaks legal team is also trying to protect donor rights and allow people to send funds to the organization. Two days ago on December 19, Assange explained to the public that masked intruders had harassed the head of Wikileaks legal team.
“Masked intruders have broken into the legal office of Baltasar Garzón, head of Wikileaks legal team, in Madrid — No money taken — Security cameras taped over… ‘Very professional’ operation, say police,” Assange notes.
What do you think about WikiLeaks financial blockade 2.0 and Assange encouraging people to donate cryptocurrencies? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Author: Jamie Redman