WikiLeaks launches plea for donations as it is almost out of cash
WikiLeaks; a name known that has been ascribed deifferent description depending what side of the party you are dining with, if from the angle of any government parastatal or agency i.e. an agent of the U.S government, then WikiLeaks is seen as a thorn in the flesh giving rise to an all-out crippling of the organization in the U.S. as Visa and MasterCard, along with other U.S.-based financial firms such as PayPal, blocked all transactions headed for WikiLeaks since 2010 after the website published more than 250,000 American classified diplomatic cables.
The household name the world over has been living in past glory since it’s the bombardment of its founder being found liable of a crime, facing possible extradition, with the organization almost being grounded too in terms of not getting finances to run the show of what its known best for “Whistleblowing”.
WikiLeaks, has been down financially to about $120,000 as of the end of June 2012 in total reserves, no thanks to the move of the blockade program initiated against the by Visa and MasterCard giving the reason why the organization’s goal is to raise €1 million (about $1.22 million) in quick transition because it is expected to run out of cash within a few months..
The good news is that WikiLeaks has been able to find a way around this blockade which is almost crippling the Whistle-blower as it has is now started accepting donations again through a French credit card system known as Carte Bleue, it announced on Wednesday.
WikiLeaks said although the French credit card company still has links with Visa and Master Card systems universally but two credit card companies are barred in contract from cutting off merchants who are under the radar of Carte Bleue system which why the non-profit FDNN in France (Fund for the Defense of Net Neutrality or Fonds de Défense de la Net Neutralité) has set up a Carte Bleue fund for WikiLeaks and with this success a quick donation is being asked for by the organization from its supporters before the loophole for payments is blocked again by MasterCard and Visa.
Speaking of the extradition case against its founder; Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader requested political asylum from Ecuador after losing his appeal against extradition from the U.K. to Sweden last month. He’s wanted by Swedish authorities to answer for accusations of sexual misconduct, but says he believes Sweden would send him to the United States to be tried for crimes related to WikiLeaks releases.