The WikiLeaks defence fund has received roughly $40,000 in Bitcoin [BTC] donations following the arrest of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.
The Bitcoin wallet address of the defence fund jumped to 2.61 BTC yesterday after it received around 20 BTC transactions moments after Assange’s arrest. The wallet currently holds around 7.9 BTC which is equivalent to $40,000.
The WikiLeaks defence fund is currently accepting donations in Bitcoin and ZCash. WikiLeaks began supporting cryptocurrencies when several credit institutions, banks, and payment services like PayPal and Visa repealed support for the company in 2010. By 2017 the company had received over 4000 Bitcoins. Thanks to Bitcoin bull run of 2017 the Bitcoins are worth over $22 million.
— Pamela Anderson (@pamfoundation) April 11, 2019
“My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin — with > 50000% return,” said Assange.
Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning after his asylum status was revoked. Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
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