Financial Blockade Threatens WikiLeaks Shutdown

Julian_AssangeWikiLeaks, the website that has been publishing previously secret government and corporate information, could soon be forced to close down due to a months-long financial blockade that has prevented the entry of millions of dollars into the site’s coffers.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a conference in London that the blockade has greatly affected the organization’s activities. “If WikiLeaks does not find a way to remove this blockade, we will not be able to continue by the turn of the new year,” Assange said, according to the New York Times.

The financial trouble has prevented WikiLeaks from publishing tens of thousands of secret documents. According to Assange, his organization will focus in the meantime on fighting off the blockade. Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Western Union have refused to process donations intended for WikiLeaks since the blockade was enforced late 2010. Assange said the website is currently subsisting on cash that it has saved over the years.

WikiLeaks has reportedly filed cases in the United States, Australia, and other countries in an effort to have the blockade lifted.