Thursday 27 April 2017

Wikileaks reaches funding target

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has raised $200,000 but remains offline

Matt Warman

WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing site that hosts leaked documents, has taken a step towards becoming fully operational.

The website, which had closed down to concentrate on fundraising, announced via Twitter that it had raised enough money to keep going, although it remains $400,000 short of being able to pay its staff.

The tweet read: “Achieved min. funraising goal. ($200k/600k); we're back fighting for another year, even if we have to eat rice to do it.”

The site, however, has yet to actually go back online, and the main page continues only to invite donations. It is now able to accept PayPal donations again, however, despite being briefly barred from using the service during its fundraising drive.

All money raised goes primarily towards the infrastructure costs of running a large network of servers in several countries so that the service cannot be sabotaged.

Leaks that the site claims it is aiming to host in the near future include information on the UN, China, corrupt banks, the US detainee system and the Iraq war.

Wikileaks launched in 2006, with the aim to release secret information about governments and companies.

In the UK it gained notoriety for publishing the BNP membership list, 9/11 pager messages and also the manual used by soldiers working with detainees at Gunanamo Bay.

Telegraph.co.uk

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