Cash crisis forces suspension of Wikileaks

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has suspended the release of information, and says that financial problems could lead to the permanent closure of the site.

"We are forced to temporarily suspend publishing whilst we secure our economic survival," says a statement on the site.

"For almost a year we have been fighting an unlawful financial blockade. We cannot allow giant US finance companies to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket."

The move follows the decision by financial companies including Visa, MasterCard, Western Union and PayPal to stop accepting donations for the site. They were concerned about Wikileaks' publication of thousands of classified State department cables last year.

As a result, says Wikileaks, the site's lost 95 percent of its revenue. It descibes the blocade as a political attack.

"The blockade is outside of any accountable, public process. It is without democratic oversight or transparency," it says.

"The US government itself found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a US financial blockade. But the blockade of WikiLeaks by politicized US finance companies continues regardless."

It's not the first time Wikileaks has temporarily shot down because of lack of funds. In February last year, it pled for cash after suspending operations, but was soon up and running again. This time, though, it's a little harder for supporters to hand over their cash.

It's still possible, though, via good old cheques and the mail, through Bitcoin or through a bank transfer: there's details here.