WikiLeaks suspends publishing to fight financial blockade

Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, announces that the whistleblowing website is suspending publishing operations to fight ‘arbitrary and unlawful’ financial blockades Link to this video

Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, has announced that the whistleblowing website is suspending publishing operations in order to focus on fighting a financial blockade and raise new funds.


Assange, speaking at a press conference in London on Monday, said a banking blockade had destroyed 95% of WikiLeaks’ revenues.

He added that the blockade posed an existential threat to WikiLeaks and if it was not lifted by the new year the organisation would be “simply not able to continue”.

The website, behind the publication of hundreds of thousands of controversial US embassy cables in late 2010 in partnership with newspapers including the Guardian and New York Times, revealed that it was running on cash reserves after “an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade” by the Bank of America, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Western Union.

WikiLeaks said in a statement: “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 politicised US finance companies continues regardless.”

Assange said donations to WikiLeaks were running at €100,000 a month in 2010, but had dropped to a monthly figure of €6,000 to €7,000 this year.

This had cost the organisation a cumulative €40m to €50m, he claimed, assuming donations had stayed at their 2010 level without the financial blockade.

Assange said WikiLeaks was facing legal cases in Denmark, Iceland, the UK and Australia, as well as an existing action in the EU.

He is also fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Guardian, New York Times, El País, Der Spiegel and Le Monde worked with WikiLeaks in publishing carefully selected and redacted US embassy cables in December, but have since criticised the website’s decision to publish its full archive of 251,000 unredacted documents in early September.

1 comment

#1Look OutOctober 25, 2011, 9:52 AM

bout right

Add your comment

Commenting is allowed only for registered users.

Recent Posts

Russia Today reports 911 was a inside job false flag, operation Gladio

Russia Today reports 911 was a inside job false flag, operation Gladio

September 9th, 2013

Russia Today reports 911 was a inside job false flag. 'Bigger than Watergate': US 'regular' meetings[...]

Michael Egan Exposes Hollywood “Child Sex Ring” “Disney Child Sex Ring”

Michael Egan Exposes Hollywood “Child Sex Ring” “Disney Child Sex Ring”

April 21st, 2014

With possible connection to a “Disney Child Sex Ring". Gokill has been pointing out for years that t[...]

House unexpectedly votes to stop warrantless NSA searches

House unexpectedly votes to stop warrantless NSA searches

June 20th, 2014

In what’s being billed as a momentum boost for anti-surveillance advocates, the US House of Represen[...]

Courts Discreetly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism

Courts Discreetly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism

September 4th, 2013

(NaturalNews) You won't hear anything about it from the mainstream media, but the federal government[...]

Chicago abolishes gun registry in place since 1968

Chicago abolishes gun registry in place since 1968

September 11th, 2013

Chicago on Wednesday reluctantly abolished a 45-year-old requirement that gun owners register their [...]

Contacts and Information

GoKill is looking for writers. Contact us if you would like to become a writer for GoKill.com

© Gokill.com: What dont kill us, makes us stronger!

Social Networks

Most Popular Categories