The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has announced that it is unable to continue to publish documents because of a lack of funding caused by what Julian Assange describes as a “banking blockade”.
A statement published on the WikiLeaks website states that it is fighting to secure its “economic survival”.
Julian Assange describes the financial blockade as “unlawful” and is urging supporters to make a donation to help in its fight. According to the WikiLeaks website, $300,000 is spent on campaigns, $500,000 on technical information, $1,200.000 on legal costs, $400,000 on productions, $500,000 on staff salaries/expenses, $300,000 on security and a further $500,000 on publications research.
In a video clip entitled “WikiLeaks needs you” Julian Assange says that WikiLeaks greatest challenge and says that they only have 5% left of their financial lifeline left.
MasterCard, Visa and PayPal stopped providing their services to WikiLeaks in December 2010 after the publication of sensitive government documents. A statement published on the WikiLeaks site says:
“In order to ensure our future survival, WikiLeaks is now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fund raise in order to fight back against this blockade and its proponents. We have commenced pre-litigation action against the blockade in Iceland, Denmark, the UK, Brussels, the United States and Australia.”