Wikileaks is temporarily suspending publishing operations while it tries to raise money.
We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival. For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket. Our battles are costly. We need your support to fight back...
WikiLeaks has published the biggest leaks in journalistic history. This has triggered aggressive retaliation from powerful groups. Since 7th December 2010 an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade has been imposed by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union. The attack has destroyed 95% of our revenue. The blockade came into force within ten days of the launch of Cablegate as part of a concerted US-based, political attack that included vitriol by senior right wing politicians, including assassination calls against WikiLeaks staff. The blockade is outside of any accountable, public process. It is without democratic oversight or transparency. The US government itself found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a US financial blockade. But the blockade of WikiLeaks by politicized US finance companies continues regardless.
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks' money woes brings end to leak of secrets — WikiLeaks is to stop publishing state secrets because it is running out of money, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. — The whistleblowing website set up by Julian Assange said that it is temporarily suspending publication of leaks to fight a “blockade” by credit card companies...
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: WikiLeaks to Stop Publishing Until They Raise More MoneyPress Gazette: Wikileaks suspends publishing to fight credit card companies and ensure ‘financial survival’Tim Bradshaw / @tim: Assange: “This financial blockade is an existential threat to #WikiLeaks.” If not torn down by end of year, WL “cannot continue its work”Patrick Smith / @psmith: JA: “It is correct we have material on Bank of America, as we do on several countries and several banks.” #wikileaks