Following Equador’s asylum withdrawal of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange subsequently resulting in his arrest, the international nonprofit organization has received an outpour of donations on its official Bitcoin address.
Shortly after news broke of Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks took to Twitter posting a link to its donation page, purportedly causing a sharp spike in transaction volume on the non-profit organization’s Bitcoin address.
While there has been a massive surge in donations on WikiLeaks’ crypto address, the total amount of received donations is relatively small compared to those received prior to Assange’s arrest. As it stands, the organization has only generated $15,000 worth of Bitcoin following the leader’s detainment, just over a third of the amount raised from a total of 161 donations on its Bitcoin address, 40 of which have already been rolled out, with more donations still coming in.
Apart from Bitcoin and Zcash, the organization also accepts fiat donations via Mastercard, Amex, Visa, Discover, bank transfers, cheque, as well as cash. While the organization does not currently provide data on fiat donations, its public Zcash address remains largely inactive at press time.
WikiLeaks initially began accepting Bitcoin donations in 2011 after multiple financial institutions including PayPal, Mastercard, and Bank of America abruptly suspended all transfers to its accounts.
Since then, WikiLeaks has seen a significant increase of crypto donations, among which includes a single donation of over 4,000 Bitcoin worth approximately $20,352,844.
In August 2012, Assange has been holed up for two months at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, during which he was granted political asylum by the Latin territory.
Following allegations purporting that Assange has previously conspired with whistleblower Chelsea Manning in 2010 to disclose confidential war crime documents, he has now been taken to Westminster Magistrates court where his extradition to the U.S. will be decided.