Wikileaks shuts down as funds run out

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has suspended operations, citing cashflow problems.

A statement on its website  from founder Julian Assange says that it will be back soon if it can raise enough money.

"We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release," says the statement.

"You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million."

Wikileaks says it has raised over $130,000 for this year, but needs $200,000 - $600,000 if it pays its staff.

The site has been responsible for many major news stories. Last year, it published emails to and from Sarah Palin after her account was hacked.

It has also published the US Army's operations manual for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and was responsible for leaking the notorious email correspondence between scientists in the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.

It's fought off more than 100 legal challeges and won awards from the Economist and Amnesty International.