WikiLeaks Bitcoin donations have been rising ever since Assange arrest & extradition last year

posted about 1 month ago
WikiLeaks has accepted over 4,000 Bitcoin in donations, through its old address, worth a significant sum today, $39 million. After the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in April 2019, when Assange was taken from his hiding in the Ecuador embassy and handed over to British authorities, Bitcoin has consistently flowed into the organization’s donation address. However, the 4,043 BTC in that wallet has not helped free Assange. Assange now faces extradition to the US.

Last week, WikiLeaks changed its chief Bitcoin address, already accruing significant donations. WikiLeaks now holds 6 BTC in its new wallet. A message signed with the old private key pointed to the new donation address. One of Satoshi Nakamoto’s last postings to the Bitcointalk forums mentioned WikiLeaks “It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context. WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us” he wrote on December 11, 2010, just under 2 years after Bitcoin’s launch.
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