Yesterday’s arrest of Julian Assange was the number one number one in the world. It turns out that the creator WikiLeaks received unexpected support from the cryptocurrency. Supporters of digital currencies have already allocated $ 20,000 to WikiLeaks in the form of bitcoin donations in just 24 hours.
Julian Assange, who lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for seven years, was arrested on Thursday morning after the president of the country annulled his asylum status.
Arresting Assange caused controversy around the world. Editor-in-chief WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsson and Edward Snowden admitted that this is a “dark day” for press freedom.
Public enemy number 1 or hero?
Assange is a controversial figure. On the one hand, the hero of the Internet, on the other – he was accused of being a Russian agent. Still, he is still popular in the digital currency community.
The value of the WikiLeaks portfolio for donations in the form of BTC increased to over 6 BTC, or over USD 30,000 at the time of writing these words. Most were paid after arresting Assange. He had already shown his bitcoin support earlier.
WikiLeaks itself began accepting bitcoins as a form of donation after many financial institutions, banks and payment services, such as PayPal and Visa, withdrew their services for the project in 2010.
Crypto for WikiLeaks
Bitcoin actually turned out to be a boon for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. It not only allowed for anonymous support for the project, but also strengthened its image as a refuge of freedom on the web.
For 2017, the organization received more than 4,000 bitcoins with a total value of over USD 22 million. As a result, Assange “thanked” his opponents for Wikilak’s acceptance of bitcoins: “My deepest thanks to (…) Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers and others for the introduction of an illegal banking block against WikiLeaks starting in 2010. This resulted in we have invested in bitcoin [and gave us] 5,000% profit. “